Book Review – Opium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang

First published, 1st July 2020 (That’s right, today)

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

The story is set in New York City in 1899, and follows Tillie Pembroke – society misfit and graceless disappointment to her grandmother – as she begins an investigation into her sister’s murder.

When Lucy Pembroke’s body is found completely drained of blood, with what appear to be toothmarks on her throat, New York society is shocked. But with the police investigation at a standstill, Tillie – although slightly encumbered by a broken collarbone and a new painkiller addiction – is one of the few who insists on knowing the truth.

After teaming up with newsie, Ian, and trying to fight off the attentions of her family and their nightwatchman, Tillie descends into a world of hallucinogens, vampire-literature and people who are not what they seem.

An absolute cracker, with sparkling dialogue, wonderful characters and multiple twists and turns, I was hooked from the get-go. I went without sleep, which is very rare for me.

Chuffed to bits I got to read this early on. I have a feeling it’s going to be huge.