The Lost Apothecary: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary....
Hidden in the depths of 18th-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 12-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 200 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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 18 minutes|
|Narrator||Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, Lauren Irwin|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 02 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,494 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#248 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#323 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#356 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in Canada on April 21, 2021
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The plot is fascinating but could have been much better developed, as well as more realistic to 18th century London.
, which is the best! It’s also about life and decision making
Bo for it!,
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Joining a group seeking historical artifacts on the banks of the Thames, she discovers an old apothecary's vial and decides to do some research about it. This is the link between her story and that of Nella, women's apothecary in 1791 London.
The two stories are very well handled and balanced, the timelines alternating in a satisfying, rhythmic way. I'd have liked them to come together more satisfactorily but they stayed pretty parallel. The action was well-paced and the characters nicely defined. I especially liked Eliza, the young girl who apprentices herself to Nella.
I enjoyed the book, but my enjoyment of it was marred by the repeated use of American English idiom and detail that would not have been used or seen in eighteenth century London. 'Trash' and 'garbage' are not used here at all. London was not built in 'blocks' and no British person navigates their way round a city using them. I doubt there were 'trash bins' in 1790s London and I do not think the word 'okay' was in anyone's vocabulary at that time. Coffee in UK coffee shops that is served in the actual cafe is not served in disposable cups. Finally, no patient in a British NHS hospital gets to choose from a 'cafeteria menu', they get whatever the last person in their bed ordered. These are just a few of the many details that constantly hooked me out of the narrative. Frankly, they made me quite cross, because many, if not all of them could/should have been picked up by the editor.