The Lost Apothecary - Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary

By Sarah Penner

  • Release Date: 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 870 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.


  • Captivating

    By Mariarocks47
    Well written, with a unique style. I felt like I knew each character personally.
  • Amazing

    By RickGrimesBruh
    This was an amazing read. I honestly couldn’t put it down. She flawlessly jumped through time and told a phenomenal story. I almost want to re-read it right now to experience it again. Crazy right?!
  • Loved this!

    By tiff.laugh
    It was so good and so well written, I managed to read it in under 24 hours ❤️
  • Delightful blend of past and present

    By neneteach
    The chapters going from late 1700s London and contemporary London were smoothly and beautifully blended to reveal a compelling story. Couldn’t put it down!
  • Meh

    By Plmartin703_13
    This entire book could have been the first five chapters to a more interesting book
  • Good read

    By tesberry
    Great boook. Good story and interesting keeps you wanting to know more
  • Thank you Gayle⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By TamiColby
    A friend suggested this book a week ago, so check it out, downloaded the sample, and it instantly captured me, I couldn’t put it down, I even woke up in the middle of the night to read:) Loved this book, highly recommend!! Thank you Gayle♥️
  • Amazing

    By Lizzyh!
    I finished this book in less than 2 days, it was interesting and well written. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read!
  • Intriguing and delightful read

    By Heartsong22
    Nicely paced, easy to follow the skipping between the three protagonists and a quick look into the late 18th Century.
  • Great book!

    By gypsyflutterby
    I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. A fast read and great plot, I couldn’t put it down!