Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.
Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive.
With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.
About: The Lost Apothecary is a mystery thriller historical fiction written by Sarah Penner. It was recently published on 3/2/2021 by Park Row Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, audiobook, 10 hours 18 minutes. The genres are mystery thriller, historical fiction, and adult fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “HarperAudio proudly traces its roots back to 1952, when Dylan Thomas first recorded for our Caedmon label. For more than five decades, HarperAudio/Caedmon has been synonymous not only with distinguished poets reading their works, but also with equally distinguished authors and readers performing classic and contemporary texts.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started listening to The Lost Apothecary on 5/18/2021 and finished it on 5/31/2021. This book happened to be my first ever audio experience. I have stayed away from audiobooks because I tend to drift off but I see that I can always rewind and listen to the parts I missed again. This book was an excellent listen. The British accent was great! I enjoyed Nella’s view as well as Eliza a lot more. Eliza’s views had many revelations I was not expecting. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense and often couldn’t put down.
This book followed Nella, 1791, told in first person point of view as she talked about a letter she held in her hand. It’s a request to poison the mistress’s husband. She used her mother’s apothecary to poison men who wronged the local women per their requests. Then the story began with Caroline, 34, in the present day, an aspiring historian but tossed her dreams aside for marriage. She came to London to rediscover herself and stumbled upon a vial with a Bear icon on it. She then dug around and uncover the apothecary history. Meanwhile, Nella met the writer of the letter and learned that she’s only 12 named Eliza. Nella was impressed with Eliza’s intelligence and curious minds. The third view was Eliza. She woke up with pain in her body and believed the pain to be a curse for her bad deeds. She went back to visit Nella hoping to learn how to make potions to remove her bad luck.
The Lost Apothecary was well written and developed. The characters were well liked. The suspense was good and the topic was interesting. The audio were great. I listened to it day and night. It’s convenient to listen while traveling in the car, though I prefer to listen after everyone sleep like I do with reading a book. Nella’s mystery was fascinating. I would have liked to hear Eliza’s excitement on the results of her tincture. I liked the connection between the present and the past. Fantastic debut and I highly recommend everyone to read or listen to this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: apothecary, poison, historical, London, mystery,
About the Author:
Sarah Penner is the debut author of The Lost Apothecary, to be translated in eleven languages worldwide. She works full-time in finance and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida, with their miniature dachshund, Zoe. To learn more, visit slpenner.com. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.