Recommended by bookseller Jenny Buckland:
Newly widowed Cora Seaborne moves to Essex with her son to start a new life. Intrigued by rumours about a mysterious beast known as the Essex Serpent, she vows to find a scientific explanation for the strange deaths and disappearances that have occurred. The local vicar is also seeking answers, and the two find themselves drawn into an unexpected and conflicted relationship.
'The Essex Serpent', Sarah Perry's second novel, is refreshingly unique and delightfully gothic. This is without doubt one of the best books of the summer.