The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
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Hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners my chosen Goodreads Monday book this week is The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. I have seen this occassionally on my social media pages, especially for spooky season and together with the description on Goodreads and the beautiful cover, this book has made it onto my list. It is available at the library and I hope to make a start on it very soon!
Star rating 3.78 125,746 ratings 16,140 reviews
Top 3 Genres = 1. Historical/Historical Fiction 2. Fiction 3. Mystery
“First, there was trust. Then, there was betrayal. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot be betrayed by someone you do not trust … what you have learned is the same heart-wrenching journey of every woman to whom I have sold a poison. And it is, indeed, the same path for me.”
― Sarah Penner, The Lost Apothecary
Book Description From Goodreads:
“A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them – setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course.
Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.
Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register.
One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purpose – selling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nella’s world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register.
In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husband’s infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she can’t resist investigating, only to realize she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Caroline’s life collides with Nella’s and Eliza’s in a stunning twist of fate – and not everyone will survive.”
Have you read it? What did you think of it?
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