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Audiobook Review: The Lost Apothecary


Title: The Lost Apothecary

Author: Sarah Penner

Release Date: March 2nd, 2021

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis 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.


My Review: This was a very well done dual time line historical novel. I actually loved both timelines which is rare for me. I absolutely loved following Caroline while she solved the mystery of the Apothecary. I could have done without the little pregnancy storyline but that was minor so it didn't take too much away from the story line. Overall this was a really great work of historical fiction. It had a dark atmosphere that was well captured and characters you wanted to root for. I loved all the details of the poisons and how they were made. These parts really wanted to make me look further into ancient apothecaries and poisons. The narrators for the audiobook did a really great job with the characters and I really enjoyed listening to the story. I definitely recommend this one!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*