The Essex Serpent

Review by Darla

Great book, good writing, good story, enjoyable characters.  But don’t fall for the publisher’s description – this is not a about a serpent or magic.  It’s much better than that.  There is a small village dealing with the mystery of what could be a serpent, but that is merely the catalyst for the story’s precepts.  It’s about a woman not staying in her place, a recovery from the guilt of a bad marriage, the impossibilities of loving an autistic child and the grief of loss.  It’s about the changes a small village must go through to stumble toward modernity.  The best part?  The secondary characters are so well developed; you want to know what happens to them as well as the protagonist.   I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling and Possession by A.S. Byatt.

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