Book Review – The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kong

First published, 2018

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In 1850s New York, Cora Lee, a young woman, born out of wedlock with a mysterious heart condition, to a wealthy socialite and an unknown Chinese sailor, carries out her best work after dark.

Cora, her alter-ego Jacob, and a small gaggle of men, are grave-robbers. In an era of medical advancement some of the biggest discoveries can only come from detailed examination of the newly-deceased, and this is how the secretly-afflicted Cora can justify her actions and the list of patients she has garnered from some of the city’s busiest doctors.

However, when someone starts murdering the people on Cora’s list, and with the introduction of medical student and would-be resurrectionist, Theodore Flint, will Cora’s second heart prove a prize too grand to pass up?

Another beautifully-written novel by Lydia Kang. The language and settings were evocative and crisply-drawn. The characters were richly observed, the dialogue fascinating. I didn’t know anything of the flash language before picking up this book, but was perfectly able to keep up with the street-speak of nineteenth century Manhattan. The story had me gripped from the outset and I remained on the edge of my seat throughout. Gorgeous.

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