I had vaguely heard of grave robbing previously but this novel put a different spin on it. The opening chapter gave me chills as I learned the main character, Josephine Clayton, had been thought dead then buried. But she was dug up by grave robbers and brought to Dr. Chadwick. She awoke just as he was about to cut her open!
Relentless for the money they made, the grave diggers or resurrectionists as they were sometimes called, even went so far as to help an ailing person on to their “reward”.
It took a network of people to carry it off. The doctor wanted bodies to dissect and learn from and paid or blackmailed others to do the literally “dirty” work. Josephine eventually healed from her illness but was blackmailed by the doctor to replace her body with another. Her father got involved and she was afraid he would be murdered if she didn’t do as she was told. But it went against every moral fiber of her being.
I felt for Josie as she was soon to be called. She faced lots of stress as did her boss, Braham, at the mill factory where she was placed to work and wait for injuries or death from various fellow workers. There was lots of intrigue and suspense as each page was turned. It’s a work that was not easy to put down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next and would Josie make it out of her “grave” predicament. It’s a part of the True Colors, historical stories of American crime. All based on actual crimes with bits of truth woven among the fiction. A great read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.