The Pharmacist's Wife

The Pharmacist's Wife

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/04/2018
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Synopsis

Love. Desire. Vengeance. A deadly alchemy. When Rebecca Palmer's new husband opens a pharmacy in Victorian Edinburgh, she expects to live the life of a well-heeled gentlewoman. But her ideal turns to ashes when she discovers her husband is not what he seems. As Rebecca struggles to maintain her dignity in the face of his infidelity and strange sexual desires, Alexander tries to pacify her so-called hysteria with a magical new chemical creation. A wonder-drug he calls heroin. Rebecca's journey into addiction takes her further into her past, and her first, lost love, while Alexander looks on, curiously observing his wife's descent. Meanwhile, Alexander's desire to profit from his invention leads him down a dangerous path that blurs science, passion, and death. He soon discovers that even the most promising experiments can have unforeseen and deadly consequences... Reminiscent of the works of Sarah Waters, this is a brilliantly observed piece of Victoriana which deals with the disempowerment of women, addiction, desire, sexual obsession and vengeance.

  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 9781786492715
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 210 x 150 x 30 mm

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The Pharmacist's Wife
Entertaining Victorian tale
There was less depth than I expected to this enjoyable historical novel, despite the dark subject matter. Although a feeling of menace was established earl... READ MORE
busylizzie
The Pharmacist's Wife
Victorian Skulldruggery
My first instinct was to deride a comparison with Sarah Waters whose work I love but having completed the novel I totally understand the parallels. At time... READ MORE
shizz
The Pharmacist's Wife
Fantastic read
The Pharmacist's Wife is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of the dark side of Victorian marriage. Set in Edinburgh in the late 18th century, it tells of newlyw... READ MORE
Orláith
The Pharmacist's Wife
Heroin(e)
First off the cover just begged me to read this book, I'm not sure why but there was just something about it that drew me in - so, the graphics t... READ MORE
Marjorie Odonnell
The Pharmacist's Wife
Fantastic read
The Pharmacist's Wife is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of the dark side of Victorian marriage. Set in Edinburgh in the late 18th century, it tells of newlywe... READ MORE
Orláith
The Pharmacist's Wife
An interesting read
This book caught my attention because of its stunning cover and fascinating plot. Set in Victorian Edinburgh, Rebecca’s husband uses her as his test subjec... READ MORE
holly peters
The Pharmacist's Wife
Victorian Twist
The Pharmacist’s Wife is the extraordinary tale of Rebecca's journey through; her past, love and addiction. Whilst opening his new pharmacy in ... READ MORE
Georgia Ball
The Pharmacist's Wife
Heroin(e)
I was excited to read this book but it ended up being so much more than I anticipated. The plot twists in this book were those you could never ha... READ MORE
Skye McGuire
The Pharmacist's Wife
Fantastic read
The Pharmacist's Wife is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of the dark side of Victorian marriage. Set in Edinburgh in the late 18th century, it tells of newlywe... READ MORE
Orláith
The Pharmacist's Wife
Mesmerizing
As a medical student I get hooked on to every single book that gives a glimpse of the professional life that I aspire to accomplish. Pharmacists are not th... READ MORE
Anna Sarlote Plume
The Pharmacist's Wife
Hard Going At Times
Although I very much enjoyed reading this book, at times, I found it very hard going and an uncomfortable read. I didn't like the abusive (mentally) relati... READ MORE
Hazel Tyson
The Pharmacist's Wife
Beautiful
This was an amazing, well written book. I felt like the story was leading to a very predictable outcome but somehow the author kept redirecting and diverti... READ MORE
Katie Woodward