"Stories are how the world evolves." || Lydia Kang, OPIUM & ABSINTHE
I loved this book! I've been mighty skeptical of Amazon First Reads books, but this description caught my attention. And it surpassed any expectation I had. This novel is a captivating historical fiction tale that draws on classic fiction, namely DRACULA, and centers around Tillie, a plucky young woman who is unknowingly becoming an opium addict. Against the wishes of everyone around her, except a young newsie, she fights to uncover the truth behind her sister's very suspicious death. Lydia Kang has crafted an immersive novel set in 1899 NYC with well-defined characters that all work towards forwarding this exciting murder mystery. I loved reading about Kang's inspirations at the end; for those in the know, "Never fear, Brooklyn is here!" Highly recommend.