Cora Lee, the protagonist of The Impossible Girl, is an amalgamation of weird circumstances.
Cora, the illegitimate child of a wealthy socialite, is born with a physical anomaly that makes her of scientific interest. Cora's Aunt Charlotte raises her--and Charlotte is only too well of the danger presented by Cora's two hearts. To keep her hidden from anatomist's who would love to dissect such an interesting specimen, Charlotte initially disguises Cora as "Jacob," in hopes that the legend of the girl with two hearts would eventually dwindle away.
Ironically, Cora becomes the only female resurrectionist in New York, exhuming bodies for the medical establishment for dissection and allowing Cora to be aware of what physical abnormalities the anatomists are eager to examine. When the legend of the girl with two hearts is suddenly revived, Cora's safety is at risk. And someone is killing the people on Cora's list before their time.
An intriguing mystery that highlights medical advancement and the New York of the mid-1800's, The Impossible Girl had several twists that I wasn't expecting. Cora proved an interesting character in interesting times!
Read in June; blog review scheduled for 9/2/18.
NetGalley/Lake Union Publishing
Historical Mystery. Sept. 18, 2018. Print length: 364 pages.