The Impossible Girl Review
Surprisingly, I've been getting a LOT of reading done recently. I've actually been reading more than I was before I got this new 9 to 5 job, which is...odd. What I'm struggling with is finding the time to sit down and write a review of the books I'm reading/listening to. My apologies for that, as I'm SO behind! But hang in here with me while I fumble around and try to get my schedule under control, and hopefully I'll get these bad boys out for consumption.
I’m jumping over a few books from December to give you a review of a new release I just finished that I think you’ll really enjoy.
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang is a book about Cora Lee, a mysterious woman in 1850’s New York, living a double life as Jacob. Resurrectionists specializing in bodies with strange abnormalities; she finds the bodies, he digs them up at night with his crew. But someone is getting to them before her…and there are rumors of a woman in the city with a prized abnormality odd enough to kill for. Could Cora be in danger?
I found this book’s description and cover intriguing enough to beg for a copy on Netgalley, so huge thanks to the publisher and author for sending me one to review! I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction, but this one was just suspenseful enough to be a mix of the thrillers I enjoy so much and the period pieces I used to devour on the regular.
Firstly, the whole idea that med students had to pilfer bodies in order to study anatomy is both fascinating and macabre. Paying criminals to dig up bodies, even if it was for a good cause, is so disturbing! The author is in fact a medical doctor, who I believe wrote the novel after reading a nonfiction book covering this subject, which I’d heard about previously…but still! Great subject matter, but more than a little icky if you think about it too much. The Impossible Girl takes that idea and runs with it in such a fascinating way.
And secondly (I’ll try not to throw in a thirdly, or fourthly), the twists and turns that come about in Cora trying to save herself from an untimely end were terrific. Sometimes you see things coming at you before they happen in thrillers, and a few of the bends in this novel didn’t come as too much of a shock, but others truly took me by surprise.
I’d pull out my thesaurus to find more words for unique, but I’m feeling lazy.
The Impossible Girl was a fun, twisty book to spend my time and imagination inside, and well worth a look as we sit curled up inside for the winter.
Hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday! More reviews to come soon. :)