She’s Always Watching… | Melmoth | A Review

February is here! Can you believe we are already 1/12 of the way through 2020 already?! I know I shouldn’t be wishing the year away but there’s so much to do, so much to read and just so much happening this year – I’m sure 2020 will just fly past!

This book had been on my TBR pile way back when it first came out. I attended an event Sarah did and was enthralled by all the research she did and the opening few pages she read.

Shame life just got in the way huh?


For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.

It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.

But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .

Star Rating – 3 Stars

I originally had the proof for this and was determined to read it in the Autumn, but classes started and it got pushed to the side. This Autumn I decided to listen to it via audio, it was the perfect book for dark and chilly nights!

The best way to describe how I felt after I read this book was unsettled. It’s the kind of book that makes you look at your past all whilst looking at the characters lives and how they’ve chosen to move forward.

The story is super interesting and I loved how it wove through history with various different characters and there stories. It’s interesting how you’re giving pieces of information through the book, before coming face to face with Helen’s path. And it’s always nice when there’s a happy ending, isn’t it?

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding the book to your TBR pile?

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