Book Review: The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang


How did I get the book?

I got this book by following my 2022 book challenge. I was looking for a book that started with “I” or “V” and found this one. The cover caught my attention and the premise looked fascinating.  Definitely, New York in 1840 ~ 1900 is becoming my favorite time for suspense novels.

The book has a staggering 4.4-star rating out of 5 with over more than 2,500 reviews, which is impressive. I read the book in Ebook format.

About the Author

Lydia Kang has written over 12 books including Young Adult and Adult Fiction and Nonfiction books.  She is also a practicing physician so it makes sense the medical inspiration behind “The Impossible Girl” and how interesting it is because of its medical focus.

Other books from her repertoire are “Opium and Absinthe: A Novel” and “Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything” which I am adding to my TBR List.

About the Book

As taken from Amazon the premise of the book is:

Two hearts. Twice as vulnerable.

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 to 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.

My Personal Opinion:

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. In my opinion, the book is a solid 4.6 out of 5.

The Impossible Girl is full of macabre suspense and mystery, with questionable characters that allow us to trust them just to give us surprising twists as the story unravels. I found the plot very original, starting with the corpse robbing, the medical background, and the reality of not belonging to heritage, but to the ones we love and who love us back.

I really enjoyed the main character, and although some characters developed better and deeper than others, every character played their role in this unraveling suspense until the end.

Information as found on Amazon:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lake Union Publishing
  • Publication date: September 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 365 pages
  • Genre: Fiction / Historical Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Fiction

Quotes from “The Impossible Girl” by Lydia Kang

“Personally, she didn’t believe in heaven or hell. An earthly life was hell enough, and heaven appeared in the ephemera of every day, like dust motes sparkling in a quiet sunrise, or a warm handshake on a frigid day. Stolen gifts.”

Lydia Kang, The Impossible Girl

“Her identity was not so easily discerned. It was up to her to decide who she would be.”

Lydia Kang, The Impossible Girl

What are you reading right now? What book would you recommend to me? Would you like a personal review of a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!


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