Throughout the book the fear of the serpent is present within aldwinter and is made more prominent by the death of cracknell who is found dying on the shingle by francis francis watches him die with curiosity the next day he is found dead and the villagers believe it is the doing of the essex serpent. The essex serpent is a beautifully written work of historical fiction absolutely immersing you in 1890s victorian england and has a fantastic cast of characters whose attitudes ideas and actions are the best parts of the novel. An essex village is terrorised by a winged leviathan in a gothic victorian tale crammed with incident character and plot. The essex serpent a novel sarah perry on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a kirkus review best book of 2017 and a washington post notable work of fiction winner of the british book awards fiction book of the year and overall book of the year. Book review the essex serpent by sarah perry sarah perrys historical novel is gloriously alive teeming with bugs moss and marsh unconventional spirits and a darker undercurrent of fear
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