The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

The Impossible Girl

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 displa...

Details The Impossible Girl

TitleThe Impossible Girl
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews The Impossible Girl

  • Amalia Gavea
    "The impossible girl with two hearts." One of the most controversial, grim and fascinating aspects of the Victorian era was the exhumation and selling of corpses for medical purposes. The advancing need for therapies over a multitude of ailments made the demand of knowledge of the human body and the way it fights against disease made these criminal actions flourish, the perpetrators earned a small fortune. I've always been drawn to novels dedicat...
  • Linda
    "A heart doesn't have to stop beating to be dead." (Unknown)Lydia Kang invites us into a small, ramshackled house on Long Island. It's January of 1830 and the frigid winter winds almost forecast the future existence of the tiny child born this day. Her mother is of the high societal name of Cutter.....cast out by her own family in shame. Her father is unknown. But rumors avail themselves to perhaps an Asian man working on the docks. The time peri...
  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    4/5 stars First of all - look at the cover! Look at it! It's so beautiful. Was the cover the reason this book caught my eye? Absolutely, I am a cover whore after all. And then I read the description and I was completely sold! When I was reading this book a thought sprang to mind "this is what "Stalking Jack the Ripper" should have been". Minus Jack the Ripper of course . There are a lot of similarities between the books, but they are also very di...
  • Felicia
    I was provided an ARC of this book by Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."The girl with two hearts, too impossible to have truly been born."The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang is listed as Adult General Fiction/Women's Fiction which is why I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is a mystery book more than anything. And a stellar mystery book at that as I did not, not even once, consider the twist when the m...
  • Hristina
    I was surprised by this book. I tend to stay away from historical fiction as it's not my cup of tea, but this book has a premise that after reading the synopsis I couldn't resist.It's very easy to read and it offers a captivating story. I enjoyed how well the characters were written, and I especially enjoyed the story. The book gave me the impression that it was well-researched and planned to the smallest of details, as everything was coming toge...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    The wealthy Cutter family of Manhattan will not stand for the shame and embarrassment of heirs born out of wedlock.  When Elizabeth Cutter finds herself unmarried and pregnant, she's sent away to live with her cousin Charlotte who had also found herself in the same predicament but lost her baby during childbirth.Elizabeth dies in childbirth but her daughter survives.  When a doctor arrives, he is astonished to find two heartbeats and tells Char...
  • ABCme
    Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC.I'm always on the lookout for some macabre historical fiction and when offered the chance to review this book, my expectations reached the gothic spires. I wasn't disappointed.Come, let's enter the morbid world of graverobbers.It's 1850 and the New York resurrectionists are digging up freshly buried bodies to sell to the medical schools. The ones with the most fascinating anomalies fetch t...
  • mo
    Review now up on my blog! 💕 I'll have the review on goodreads as well in a few days. Thanks to the Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC. All quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change in the final published copy.
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:'So, thirteen-year old Cora had shivered and cried, wondering if her numbed left arm and leg would work again, or her garbled speech would right itself. And they did- only a few hours later. It never happened again, but the incident reminded Cora that her body held dark sway over her existence.'Cora, birthed three weeks too early in shame to Elizabeth, an unmarried socialite is born with an anomal...
  • Carmen
    I received a copy from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Cora Lee is one of the top resurrectionists in New York. Anatomists are desperate for cadavers and are willing to pay a pretty penny for the newly dead. Living a double life, she scouts her latest specimens as Cora by day and digs their bodies up by night as her identical twin brother, Jacob. There’s more to her profitable job than just money. Cora h...
  • Colleen
    4.5 StarsARC provided by Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The Impossible Girl caught my eye because the description sounded so unique. I had been scrolling through Netgalley for quite a while, and everything looked so generic. Just as I was about to give up, I stumbled across The Impossible Girl, and it was definitely a lucky find!The story is set in 1850 in New York City. Twenty-year-old Cora Lee has never had...
  • Susan
    This was a super thrilling book that was chock full of suspense, danger and a bit of romance. Cora/Jacob are thrust into so many perilous situations that this is an edge of your seat, can’t stop reading kind of story. I suspected that one of Cora’s friends or family members would betray her but I did not make the correct guess. I truthfully was blindsided by it and feel like a twit for missing any clues. I don’t even recall there being any ...
  • ☕ Kimberly
    I enjoyed this. RTC.
  • Erin Arkin
    This was really good you guys!! Full review to come.
  • Natalie [genreneutralreader]
    The Impossible Girl was a unique mystery novel. I had not read much before about resurrectionists (graverobbers). It was a fascinating subject in itself, before the added novelty of a female resurrectionist and her own medical anomaly. Cora and her band of merry morbid robbers were definitely a new kind of protagonist. She was strong enough for a man but made to be a woman. The novel's mystery is based on the seemingly widespread practice of robb...
  • Mai
    I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley - thank you! All opinions are my own.The Impossible Girl is the story of Cora, who was born with two hearts. As a resurrectionist procuring bodies with strange anomalies to anatomists she takes us on a mysterious and weird journey through 1850s New York, all the while being the one medical sensation who tops all others and is sought after like a legend. I truely enjoyed this, Cora is a fascinatin...
  • Cambear
    Four and a half starsFascinating and utterly unique historical fiction.This is a book that you fall into. It sounds a bit bizarre (girl masquerades as a boy to steal corpses with unusual conditions), but the world building and Cora’s perspective are so we’ll drawn that the unusual is normal. It’s also a mystery as people keep dying and Cora is very likely going to be the next victim. It’s almost impossible to figure out whom to trust and ...
  • Jen
    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 ...
  • Sinéad Kelly
    I loved this book so much, it's not like any book I've read before! I couldn't put it down, loved the plot and the characters especially Theo
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: August 13th 2018 "One always thinks one has forever, and that tomorrow will come to wipe away yesterday's misfortunes and mistakes to start anew." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I was intrigued by this title as soon as I saw that cover and read the blurb. I have a weak spot for historical fiction, and the ...
  • Erin
    Cora was born with two hearts in an age where ‘anomalies’ like her are dissected for eager audiences in Manhatten’s medical theaters. These are the days of PT Barnum and it’s not safe to be a freak. Raised as a boy for 14 years, Cora and her alter ego Jacob are resurrectionists (graverobbers). A morbid business, but the best way to keep an ear our for any gossip about her, the impossible girl, the girl with two hearts.I liked the mystery ...
  • thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
    ***Spoiler alert!***Mid-1800s New York - Oddities - Female resurrectionist. If these pique your interest, then The Impossible Girl is a must read. It will not disappoint!Cora Lee, the illegitimate child of a wealthy socialite, is born with two hearts and this makes her a fascinating study subject for both scientists and doctors. Hence, her aunt Charlotte raises her as a boy with the name Jacob. Twenty years later, Cora now works as a female resur...
  • Kimberley
    At first I thought this book might be some sort of fan fiction - Impossible Girl and a person with two hearts, as a Doctor Who fan would think - as I’ve never read anything by Lydia Kang. All that has changed now, though. The Impossible Girl is a story about a medical improbability. Cora/Jacob is a girl who supposedly has two hearts. A medical anomaly that must be hidden at all cost to save Cora’s life.Set in the 1800s when grave robbing was ...
  • Liz Leiby
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this book![[I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]]The Impossible Girl follows Cora, a girl born with two hearts, as she navigates her life with a target on her back. As a resurrectionist (grave robber!), she has one foot in the door with the medical community, but must always be looking over her shoulder, living cautiously, as her very existence (...
  • Jennifer
    This was not one of my favorites. The cover of the book first caught my eye, but I just never got into the story. I really thought I would enjoy it. Cora has two hearts, but knows she needs to keep it a secret due to being a medical mystery. She seeks out others with abnormalities and sells their bodies after they die to the medical schools and freak shows. So pretty much she is a grave robber. Eventually a $500 reward is posted for anyone who ca...
  • Kimberly
    I’m a huge fan of historical mysteries, especially one’s involving the early days of anatomy and the grave robbing that accompanied it, so it’s no surprise I enjoyed this one. While I thought Cora was smart and feisty and I really enjoyed seeing her show up the boys some of her choices and decisions didn’t quite fit with the how I thought Kang had set up her personality and seemed out of character or excessively aggressive for that time p...
  • KatieLMae
    I was originally interested in this book because it reminded me of Stalking Jack the Ripper and I'm happy to say I loved it just as much!Cora Lee is a female resurrectionist in 1800s New York City and I was instantly drawn into her story. The writing was vivid and detailed so I could easily picture everything as it unfolded. Its a hefty read and while it could have been trimmed down I found that I didn't want it to be. The pacing was slow enough ...
  • LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
    You can see my full review here!*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*Despite the fact that this is a slow moving read, my heart was racing (is that a pun)? for every close encounter Cora had— this didn’t need action packed scene to excite me. I loved Cora as our main character. Becoming her fictional twin brother, Jacob, to do the dirty work was really interesting as she commen...
  • Kathleen Gray
    An unusual plot, a terrific character in Cora, and excellent writing makes this historical mystery a must read for fans of the genre. Cora is a woman with two hearts, a medical anomaly that also makes her the target of a murderer- and a potential subject of her own grave digging. Whew! There was a major league fascination with those who had physical differences in 1850 (and isn't there still today?). That Cora takes advantage of the bodies of tho...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)For The Impossible Girl is a tie about what I love most: the character of Cora, the historical fiction element (combined with the science), or the incredibly twisty and complex plot. So I loved each of them in their own special way. Cora was incredibly smart and she doesn't want to be confined by what she 'should' do. Kang's me...