Opium and Absinthe

Posted 27 June 2020 by Kim in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Opium and AbsintheOpium and Absinthe by Lydia Kang
Published by Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: 1 July 2020
Genres: historical
Audience: young adult
Pages: 379
Source: Kindle First Reads
Format: eBook
Buy it: Amazon | B&N
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Rating: five-stars


from the back cover

New York City, 1899. Tillie Pembroke’s sister lies dead, her body drained of blood and with two puncture wounds on her neck. Bram Stoker’s new novel, Dracula, has just been published, and Tillie’s imagination leaps to the impossible: the murderer is a vampire. But it can’t be—can it?
A ravenous reader and researcher, Tillie has something of an addiction to truth, and she won’t rest until she unravels the mystery of her sister’s death. Unfortunately, Tillie’s addicted to more than just truth; to ease the pain from a recent injury, she’s taking more and more laudanum…and some in her immediate circle are happy to keep her well supplied.
Tillie can’t bring herself to believe vampires exist. But with the hysteria surrounding her sister’s death, the continued vampiric slayings, and the opium swirling through her body, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for a girl who relies on facts and figures to know what’s real—or whether she can trust those closest to her.

About Lydia Kang

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction, and poetry. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 Currently Reading
  • 2020 Diversify Your Reading Challenge
  • 2020 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge
  • 2020 Reading Challenge
  • 2020 YA Reading Challenge

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