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Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

In the wake of her husband's death, Cora Seaborne leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex. There, she learns of an intriguing rumor of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. Cora is certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species.