The Yellow Lantern: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime
After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill ...more
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Josie fell victim to the doctor's deception. "Dr. Chadwick with kn ...more
In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.
A feel good story with a feel good ending wrapped in a truly horrific truth, killing people to sell their bodies. But, I never felt truly connected to any of the characters and found myself bored with the story and felt it lacking in real depth.
Wow. From beginning to end, this story swept me away, into the gothic night of 1820s Massachusetts, where graves were being robbed… and hearts shattered.
The opening scene was so shocking and vividly written with powerful wording that I knew I was in for an adventure vintage actor Peter Lorre would probably have starred in as a show-stealing secondary character. T ...more
It's hard to describe this story as it sweeps you away to another time and place, 1824 in Massachusetts. Josie, the heroine, is forced to work with a less-than-savory character in their search for medical answers. As the story unwinds you hold your breath, as the tempo increases while the pages fly past your fingers.
It combines the perfect notes of chilling scenes, burgeoni ...more
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From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.
Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History
In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much ali ...more
This is the first book by Angie Dicken I have read. It is well-written with a fascinating premise, a plot that contains surprises, main characters who have experienced grief and suffering, and faith woven into the characters’ lives. The atmosphere of the story is eerie with a gothic undertone, set in 1824 Massachusetts, as Josephine gets blackmailed into finding fresh graves that can be dug up and the deceased so ...more
What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?
They call them grave robbers, body snatchers or resurrectionists. Those, who after the burial, stole a body in the middle of the night to perform medical procedures, all in the name of research. Or who killed when death was eminent, to quickly fill their need for a fresh body. It’s the unfortunate gruesome piece of our American history that I learned about in The Yellow Lantern. While it wasn’t my favorite subject t ...more
There is greed here, and surprises happen right up until the last page is turned, keep turning those pages.
Sadly, this story is based on true crimes, and when you think of this actually happening, and when the need is not met, well, just add a few!
When I was reading this story, I felt I was in old Eu ...more
Clean, refreshing story about a dark time in our history. The father's plight wasn't explained enough for me but didn't take away from the story. Very interesting and informative read.
Advance copy provided by Netgalley.
by Angie Dicken
Part of True Colors – Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
Imagine waking up in 1824 in Massachusetts and being told that you were already pronounced dead. Imagine being told that your body was taken by grave robbers for the purpose of medical research. Imagine that in order to keep your life and your family’s lives safe, you are forced to spy for said grave robbers in order to get more cadavers. How would you handle that? How would you deal ...more
“The Yellow Lantern” takes place in 1824. It features a ring of body snatchers who steal the bodies from freshly dug graves so that they can be used in medical research. They pull Josephine, the main character, into their schemes, Things get even more co ...more
The Yellow Lantern is seen as a symbol of light and life and if it is extinguished—Death!
Josie Clayton learned the art of healing herbs from her mother. She also told Josie that the symbol of Lilacs is first love. “ Mother told her to always remember her first love — Christ, the Creator and Comforter.”
Josie has always tried to do what is right, even working to get her father out of deb ...more
"How could she choose between affection and her own blood?"
Josephine (Josie) is faced with a very difficult choice--save her father by participating in the macabre business of grave robbing, or turn away. She isn't really given much choice, but hopes it will be over quickly. In 1824, women didn't have much control, especially those from poor families. The author does a good job ...more
The story began with the main character, Josephine, rising from the dead. Actually she was dug up and delivered to the local doctor for "research" purposes. Apparently being declared dead when you really weren't was a common occurrence in those days. In exchange for her life and to keep her father ...more
I love the storyline a lot!! The cover especially intrigued me.
I also think of the movie or show Invasion of the Body Snatchers too!!
Brahm is what you call a good person in the midst of the storyline. He's a true hero. I felt sorry for him and I knew just how he felt being adopted and all and not really even fitting in. I felt like it was my life that I was reading about. The kind, fun and ...more
This novel started out with plenty of suspense and intrigue. It’s an unusual topic and st ...more
Josephine woke up not knowing where she was. Imagine the first thing you see is a doctor you work for holding up a knife in preparation to cut you up all in the name of "advancing knowledge of how the human body functions."
Life was hard in the 1800's and p ...more
I liked The Yellow Lantern. I did not find it predictable and was often wondering what would happen next. They ...more
Josie woke from the most frightening moment in her life. She had been buried alive. Her father's farm worker saved her, when he figured out she wasn't dead. The doctor in charge now wants them to help him by becoming grave robbers The decisions they make will determine whether they will have riches or happiness. What will Josie choose. Her father has been ...more
What a creepy book! Romance and grave-robbing—now that’s a strange combination, but the author makes it work. This is Massachusetts in 1824, and Josephine is supposed to be dead—but is actually saved in order to help a doctor obtain more bodies. Braham Taylor, the manager of the factory where Josephine goes to work, is in a fight with the owner’s son. I had pretty ...more
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