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The Pharmacist's Wife

by Vanessa Tait

The Pharmacist's Wife Synopsis

A dark and thrilling tale of Victorian addiction, vengeance and self-discovery, perfect for fans of Sarah Waters, Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist and Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent. ______________________ Love. Desire. Vengeance. A deadly alchemy. Edinburgh, 1869: Newly married, Rebecca longs for the life of a well-heeled gentlewoman. Her husband Alexander, a respected pharmacist, is eager to join pioneering fellow inventors in the history books. But beneath his ordered exterior, Rebecca is horrified to find a world of dark secrets. As she struggles with his infidelity and strange sexual desires, Alexander tries to pacify her so-called hysteria with his magical new wonder-drug, heroin... As Rebecca's forced dependence takes her further from herself, Alexander's desire to profit from his creation leads him along a path that blurs science, passion and death. Soon, they both learn that addiction, obsession and vengeance make for a deadly alchemy... 'With shades of Sarah Waters, independence and vengeance make for a winning tale.' Stylist

The Pharmacist's Wife Press Reviews

Moving and original. * Kate Saunders, The Times, on The Looking Glass House * Tait's engaging novel... is sensuous and lyrical * Sunday Telegraph on The Looking Glass House * A captivating book.... It is a story that is both whimsical and disturbing. * Lady on The Looking Glass House * A truly addictive, deeply atmospheric, sensual yarn... similar to the works of Sarah Waters and Michel Faber, it makes for a compelling, irresistible, utterly delicious read. * Goodreads * A fascinating, darkly powerful novel with biting attitude... Raw, elemental and disturbing, The Pharmacist's Wife is an entirely captivating, enthralling read - highly recommended. * LoveReading * This chilling atmospheric novel will appeal to fans of The Miniaturist and The Essex Serpent. * RED Online * With shades of Sarah Waters, independence and vengeance make for a winning tale. * Stylist *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786492739
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Vanessa Tait
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: Historical fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical romance,

About Vanessa Tait

Vanessa Tait grew up in Gloucestershire. She went to the University of Manchester and completed a Master's degree in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College. The Pharmacist's Wife is her second novel.

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