This is fictional novel set in Paris in 1785. The main character Jean-Baptiste is an engineer with a grim mission. Instead of building the bridges he dreams of, he has been commissioned by the Parisian government the gruesome task of excavating a cemetery filled with years of stacked human remains which are poisoning the city’s water and earth.
At first I did not know if I would be able to even read this book. The thought alone sickened me, but once I got into it, I found it difficult to put down. The novel is so well-written that I ended-up enjoying it. The characters are very clearly defined and believable. Vivid descriptions of life and people living in Paris in 1785 are beautifully orchestrated. This is a novel I highly recommend.