Book Review: The Exhumation by David Hatton

Who would want to steal the body of a former US President? You are going to find out here.

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The Exhumation by David Hatton

In 1876 the body of Abraham Lincoln was taken from his tomb in Springfield, Illinois. 130 years later grave robbers have ransacked the tomb again.

Detective Darnell Jackson is on the case to find the former president’s body. As Jackson becomes more emotionally involved in the case, he discovers the secrets that America has hidden away for far too long. Should Detective Jackson reveal the darkest secrets of their former leader and risk destroying his legacy forever?

The Exhumation Book Cover


I was already a fan of David Hatton before I was kindly sent The Exhumation (see here and here) so I knew I would like this book. Although it wasn’t my favourite of his, it certainly kept me turning the pages.

Anybody who knows me will know exactly what I loved most about The Exhumation: the insight into Abraham Lincoln. I love learning about history through the means of fiction. Now, I have to point out that some of what is written about Lincoln in this book is based on theories. Still, that made it even better for me. At the same time as learning about Lincoln, I was able to enjoy a great conspiracy theory.

What I did not like was the character of Darnell. What a rude, horrible person! I can’t say I even warmed to him by the end but it was interesting following him on his journey to find his hero, while also learning a few home truths about himself. His partnership with Vanessa, another detective on the case, was also nice. In fact, I’d go as far as saying she was his saving grace in this story.

Overall, what you get in The Exhumation is not just a race to retrieve the body of Abraham Lincoln, but a story about family relationships, personal beliefs, and making mistakes. While the story could have been tightened in some places, this book gets a solid 3.5 stars out of 5 from me.

The Exhumation is available to buy now.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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