For fans of true crime stories, historical settings, and romantic suspense
The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken is another in the True Crimes series that focuses on historical crimes in America. Set in the early 1800’s, this story deals with the criminal activity of grave robbers stealing bodies in the middle of the night. The story starts off with Josephine Clayton, who gets sucked into the grave robbers’ scheme. She becomes the look-out for bodies and begins working in a mill run by Braham Taylor.
This novel started out with plenty of suspense and intrigue. It’s an unusual topic and starts off with everyone believing Josephine to be dead. She’s about to be operated on in the name of medical research until they discovery that she’ still has a pulse. Once she’s rescued from certain death, Josephine is blackmailed into finding the next body. While the story had an intriguing premise and started off strong, it kind of dragged in the middle. I felt like the love story took over, which seemed a little contrived. But the ending picked up again and the story wrapped up with action and an exciting finish. If you are a fan of historical fiction and novels with more of a romantic backdrop, add this to your summer reading list.
I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.