Melmoth by Sarah Perry (Book Review)

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

36628420Format: Hardback

Source: Library Book

Publisher: Serpent’s Tail

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Gothic

Publication Date: 2nd October 2018

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):

“Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But her sheltered life is about to change.

A strange manuscript has come into her possession. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her.

Everyone that Melmoth seeks out must make a choice: to live with what they’ve done, or be led into the darkness. Helen can’t stop reading, or shake the feeling that someone is watching her. As her past finally catches up with her, she too must choose which path to take.


My Thoughts & Review

This was one of my most anticipated books to read in October 2018 after hearing lots of positive things about it on social media as well as reading reviews from the wonderful book community. But, I didn’t get around to reading it until now, and I have to say I was very disappointed with it. I even had it on my wish list but after finishing it I took it off.

I did consider DNFing the book, but I kept hoping it would get better and also carried on because I heard the ending was really good.

Here is a list of all the things I liked and disliked about the book.

Things I liked about the book:

  • I liked where the plot was set.

Things I didn’t like about the book:

  • Found the characters boring and I had little interest in them.
  • Found the plot to be too slow
  • Felt there was too much repetition in the book.
  • There wasn’t enough atmosphere and suspense for me.
  • The ending of the book did not meet my expectation are hearing how wonderful it was.

Overall an ok-ish read, but think I was expecting way too much from it after all the hype. Not a book I will be or would recommend. But, if you want to read it and don’t own it I highly suggest that you try to borrow it from the library.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.

Happy Reading Everyone!!!


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  1. Darn! I have this one on my list but I hate hyped books that fall flat. Might still read it sometime, but I’m moving it down my list for now. Appreciate the review!


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