INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads!
March 2021 Indie Next Pick and #1 LibraryReads Pick
“A bold, edgy, accomplished debut!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary…
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As the characters in this brilliant historical drama know all too well, society has rarely allowed women to be powerful—instead, they’ve had to be deadly. Newly heartbroken and betrayed, the novel’s heroine, Nella, turns her apothecary business toward a darker purpose, secretly concocting poisons to help women free themselves from the vile, abusive men in their lives. But when a 12-year-old girl walks into Nella’s shop, she threatens to send the whole enterprise crashing down. Sarah Penner smartly jumps back and forth in time between 1790s London and the modern era, where a historian named Caroline is discovering the high-stakes tension of Nella’s story. A trio of narrators give Penner’s characters strong, empowering voices and really make us feel the heartache and sadness they go through. Brilliantly interwoven with both dark themes of guilt and revenge and uplifting messages of friendship and hope, The Lost Apothecary is hard to stop listening to…and even harder to stop thinking about.
So good and enchanting
Such a fun story, took unexpected turns and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I give it a 4/5 just because I found one of the narrator’s voice to be too distracting…
Wow ! This was the best book I’ve read in a long time. The characters were so complex and believable. One disappointment at the end when she does something to the thing she found in the beginning that I really wish she hadn’t. Don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. But it still deserves at least five stars even six. You must read!
Very entertaining and unpredictable!
I LOVED this audiobook! The narration was amazing. When I first heard the voice of Nella, I didn’t think I’d make it through, but I’m glad I hung in there. There is a reason for her raspy voice. The plot had lots of twists and turns. Don’t assume you know what will happen next. Thoroughly enjoyable!