Manhattan, 1850. Born out of wedlock to a wealthy socialite and a nameless immigrant, Cora Lee can mingle with the rich just as easily as she can slip unnoticed into the slums and graveyards of the city. As the only female resurrectionist in New York, she’s carved out a niche procuring bodies afflicted with the strangest of anomalies. Anatomists will pay exorbitant sums for such specimens—dissecting and displaying them for the eager public.
Cora’s specialty is not only profitable, it’s a means to keep a finger on the pulse of those searching for her. She’s the girl born with two hearts—a legend among grave robbers and anatomists—sought after as an endangered prize.
Now, as a series of murders unfolds closer and closer to Cora, she can no longer trust those she holds dear, including the young medical student she’s fallen for. Because someone has no intention of waiting for Cora to die a natural death.
Cora is an amazingly smart woman. She not only is shrewd but also tough as nails. She even dresses as her “twin brother” to make life easier for her. She is a resurrectionist. What is that? She is someone who procures freshly dead bodies out of the cemeteries for dissection for medical schools and cabinets of curiosities. Cora also has an anomaly. She has two hearts. This puts a price on her head. $500 for the girl with two hearts!
Cora is a complex character. She dresses as a man and maneuvers around the underworld. She can definitely hold her own in a fight! I admire this about her…but I also admire her intelligence and wit. These “smarts” keep her alive.
There is so much I want to say about this book. I am still thinking about it. You talk about action packed! This story is so creative and unique. It is fast paced and full of science and medicine. That is right up my alley. Add the historical aspect and you have a fantastic read. Superbly done! Grab this one today!