Monday, April 05, 2021

Eight top novels featuring twisted medicine

Shelley Nolden's debut novel is The Vines. Her obsession with forbidden North Brother Island in New York City's East River, as well as her personal health history and passion for equality, heavily influenced the creation of this historical fiction thriller.

At CrimeReads Nolden tagged eight favorite novels that break the “do no harm” medical oath, including:
The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang

Written by a physician who excels in the art of manipulating the life-or-death stakes associated with the field of medicine, this story follows Cora, a girl born with two hearts. In the 1850s, such an anomaly was considered a prize for gravediggers and anatomists alike. Cora knows that her value as a cadaver, to be dissected and displayed for the public, keeps her in permanent danger. So, to keep her enemies close, she’s joined their trade.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue