The Lost Apothecary - Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary

Author: Sarah Penner

  • Publication Date: 2021-03-02
  • Category: Historical
4 Score: 4
(From 378 Ratings)



Named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine,, 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.


  • Seeing London in the past and present

    By Jamiam987
    Starts slow, then you get to a point where you just keep on going to find out what happens.... Almost reads like a true fascinating story.
  • Great cross-century woman-centered story

    By Justnameme
    This book scratched all kinds of itches for me! Historical fiction (eighteenth-century London), revenge (via poison), crossing the borders of time (to present-day London and an American protagonist who is rediscovering who she is), and friendships between women who lean on one another at their most vulnerable moments. It's fast-paced and suspenseful--no wonder it was an instant NYT bestseller!
  • Meh

    By fuss8765
    Boring and predictable.
  • A new favorite

    By Daynaplease
    I felt like I was there in each time, and just really enjoyed this book.
  • Didn’t want it to end!

    By Csp:75
    It’s been a very long time that I have loved a book as much as I love this book! I own the hard copy and the audiobook. I like to listen when I can’t read. I would also give that 5 stars! I binged read/ listened to this book in two days. I didn’t want it to end. I look forward to more books by this author! Definitely in my top 5 favorite books! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Sweet and twisted

    By magbowen
    Great story! The relationships feel so natural and you really feel the feelings being expressed by the main character.
  • The title is perfect for the book.

    By Pink Nation💕💕
    I loved the story, it was easy to follow with twists and turns. I loved the book and couldn’t put it down.