Sarah Penner takes readers on a historical, yet enchanting journey with her debut novel, The Lost Apothecary. The novel, which has made it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, tells the story of a secret network of women who use well-disguised poisons to get back at the oppressive men in their lives.
Set in eighteenth-century London, the novel introduces readers to a mysterious figure known as Nella who runs a secret apothecary shop. Women throughout the city know of Nella’s services and whisper her name when looking for ways to get revenge. However, a new girl to the city, fourteen-year-old Caroline, deceives Nella and soon makes a fatal mistake that jeopardizes the fate of the apothecary shop.
The story jumps to present-day London where aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell finds a clue that leads her to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two centuries earlier. Her life then collides with Nella’s, creating a stunning twist of fate that impacts both their futures.
Penner’s novel is full of suspense and unforgettable characters. The novel gives a great insight into the remarkable ways women can come together and save each other despite the barrier of time. An accomplished debut, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating tale of secrets, revenge, and retribution.
One of the greatest strengths of The Lost Apothecary is Penner’s ability to interweave the past and present stories of these women. The use of the historical setting of London and the vibrant descriptions of the apothecary shop creates a fascinating reading experience.
With a page-turning plot and relatable characters, the novel is a perfect combination of mystery, suspense, and historical fiction. Penner’s writing is crafty and engaging, making readers feel like they are in the shoes of these strong and compelling women.
Overall, The Lost Apothecary is a great read that grabs the reader’s attention from start to finish. The novel has earned a place in the list of most anticipated books of 2021 by various book clubs and retailers. The London Séance Society, Penner’s next book, is sure to be a hit after the success of her debut novel.
Don’t miss out on this spellbinding tale of truth, illusion and the grave risks women will take to avenge the ones they love. A must-read for fans of historical fiction, women’s fiction, time-slip, and magic realism!
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