Book Spotlight | The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herman

Title: The Corpse Queen by Heather M. Herman

Genre(s): historical fiction, horror, mystery, young adult

Publication: September 14, 2021


Soon after her best friend Kitty mysteriously dies, orphaned seventeen-year-old Molly Green is sent away to live with her “aunt.” With no relations that she knows of, Molly assumes she has been sold as free domestic labor for the price of an extra donation in the church orphanage’s coffers. Such a thing is not unheard of. There are only so many options for an unmarried girl in 1850s Philadelphia. Only, when Molly arrives, she discovers her aunt is very much real, exceedingly wealthy, and with secrets of her own. Secrets and wealth she intends to share–for a price.

Molly’s estranged aunt Ava, has built her empire by robbing graves and selling the corpses to medical students who need bodies to practice surgical procedures. And she wants Molly to help her procure the corpses. As Molly learns her aunt’s trade in the dead of night and explores the mansion by day, she is both horrified and deeply intrigued by the anatomy lessons held at the old church on her aunt’s property. Enigmatic Doctor LaSalle’s lessons are a heady mixture of knowledge and power and Molly has never wanted anything more than to join his male-only group of students. But the cost of inclusion is steep and with a murderer loose in the city, the pursuit of power and opportunity becomes a deadly dance.(Goodreads)

First of all, let us admire together that cover art. It is gorgeous and absolutely conveys creepy story with feminine characters. I love when a cover gives you good vibes and actually seems to tell the same story as the description.

Speaking of that description, when I first read it I went and pre-ordered this book immediately. My luck with YA horror has been very hit or miss (mostly miss) but I have such a good feeling about this one. I’m very much looking forward to the spooky horror vibes mixed with tension and hopefully a bit of gore to make my stomach turn.

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