Author: Angie Dicken
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime #3
Release Date: August 1, 2019
In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she has assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.
After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal—Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.
At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.
What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Wow! I was intrigued by the premise of this book, but I never imagined how hooked I would be from the first page to the last Although it is the third book in the series it is perfect as a standalone.
I have never read anything by Angie Dicken, and I am pleased to say she has a new reader in me. The opening pages of this book are startling, yet so well written you almost feel it happening. Imagine waking up to discover you have been dead and buried, and a doctor is standing over you with a scalpel in his hand. Dr. Chadwick is very put out that his corpse, Josephine Clayton, is alive and so he tries to kill her but is stopped by his grave digger, Alvin. What transpires from there is a convoluted plan to keep Josephine alive by forcing her to participate in his grave robbing. She only agrees, because her father has aligned himself with the doctor and is now threatened with prison or worse by the network of grave robbers who keep the doctor (and others like him) well supplied.
Josephine is sent away from her hometown to work in a mill, and it is there she meets Braham Taylor. Braham is intrigued by the lovely Josephine and starts to fall for her. What he doesn't know is that she is there to procure bodies for the evil doctor. What happens next is too good to divulge so you'll have to read the book to find out!
A perfect mix of historical fiction, romance, mystery and murder. A combination that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the night!
I received a copy of this book courtesy of Barbour Publishing through NetGalley for my honest opinion.