In 1844 Boston, Tabby and her sister, Alice, flee from their aunt and uncle who used Tabby’s gift of being able to communicate with the dead for monetary gain. When the girls are separated, Tabby ends up in a gothic, aging cemetery where she is adopted by the caretaker.
Years later, Tabby falls in love with Caleb, a well off man with a fiancee and a penchant for dangerous card games. When Caleb is falsely accused of murdering his fiancee, Tabby investigates who the real murderer is while Caleb sits in prison. What she uncovers is an underground group of scientists who are running Dr. Frankenstein experiments on stolen corpses.
This little gothic novel is filled with vibrant characters set against the backdrop of both Boston and England. It is full of seances, mossy cemeteries, pernicious villains, evil scientists, and a protagonist who never really knows who to trust.
I wasn’t really sure where this novel was going, but I enjoyed where it ended up. Hester Fox wrote a good story perfect for cool autumn days in which you can curl up with a good book and a pumpkin spice latte.