The Poison Bed (Paperback)
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The Poison Bed (Paperback)

Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 27/06/2019
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'A gripping psychological thriller. Readers will be awake deep into the night, trying to untangle the truth' The Times 'Books of the Year'

A marriage. A murder. One of them will hang for it.

Autumn, 1615.

Frances Carr is imprisoned in a cold, lightless room.

She is accused of murder.

In a cell nearby is her co-accused - her husband Robert.

Kept apart, Frances can only tell her side of the story.

How did she come to be here?

Can she somehow prove her innocence?

And what lengths will she go to to save herself?

'Engaging, vivid and revelling in historical detail' Sarah Perry, bestselling author of The Essex Serpent

'The Miniaturist
meets Gone Girl. Gripping and full of surprises' BBC History 'Books of the Year'

'A tale of intrigue and ambition, this is a rich and fascinating book' Guardian

'Immaculately detailed, dark, clever and compulsive' Daily Mail

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405920070
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm

Engaging, vivid and revelling in historical detail, this thriller delves into a notorious murder. The reversal comes in a double blow, the first of which is so cunningly done I found myself pausing, frowning and riffling back through the pages to confirm that I had, indeed, been thoroughly stitched up * Sarah Perry, bestselling author of The Essex Serpent *
A twisting psychological thriller based on a real Jacobean murder. Unputdownable * The Times *
A gripping historical thriller. Think Gone Girl with bodices. Brilliant * Glamour *
A tale of intrigue and ambition, this is a rich and fascinating book -- ONE OF THE BEST RECENT CRIME NOVELS * The Guardian *
A gripping page-turner that will have you awake long into the night. Ingenious * The Times *
An intoxicating blend of intrigue, seduction, witchcraft and murder. The Poison Bed is beautifully told and impossible to put down -- Karen Perry
An electrifying, brilliantly executed thriller * Woman & Home *
Gripping and fascinating. Fremantle is a master * Santa Montefiore *
Who is to blame? And will they get away with it? A rollicking read * Heat *
Immaculately detailed and atmospheric, this Jacobean mystery borrows from both the revenge tragedies and contemporary noir thriller to manipulate the reader. It is dark, clever and compulsive -- Elizabeth Buchan * Daily Mail *
A novel set in the court of James I that reopens the case of Robert and Frances Carr, aristocrats charged with killing a man who opposed their marriage. With skill and delicacy, Fremantle presents the period as a cabinet of curiosities * New York Times *
Exquisite. The reveal is terrifying -- Toby Clements
A Jacobean Gone Girl! Dark and deeply satisfying, The Poison Bed is a tale of monstrous intrigue and murder -- M J Carter
A riveting tale that kept me reading into the night. Beautifully written and realised -- Costa shortlisted Kate Hammer
A thoroughly compelling tale of sexually-charged intrigue and murder. Once started, impossible to put down -- Minette Walters
A twisting tale of power, poison and intrigue. Historical fiction with the pull of a psychological thriller -- Anna Mazzola
Flawless. A sharp, well-constructed thriller, this is a book that will keep you on your toes * Bookbag *
A toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition -- Andrew Taylor bestselling author of * The Ashes of London *
A seductive historical thriller. The Jacobean world leaps off the page in all its vivid, visceral glory -- Kate Riordan
Brilliant. Gripping and sexy and wholly transporting. Highly recommended. * Eve Chase *
A riveting tale. I cannot recommend this highly enough -- Alison Weir
A great summer read. Fremantle weaves together documented fact with sensitively imagined fiction to create a novel that helps us understand a time and place better * National Public Radio *
A creepy and powerfully immersive retelling of one of the greatest scandals of the Jacobean court . . . The Poison Bed is unerringly addictive. Fremantle's writing has a dynamic quality and an immediacy that draws readers in, whether or not they're familiar with the material of the story * Marylebone Journal *
Engaging, vivid and cleverly constructed. One expects the reversal, but it comes in a double blow, the first of which is so cunningly done I found myself pausing, frowning and riffling back through the pages to confirm that I had, indeed, been thoroughly stitched up -- Sarah Parry

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“A guessing game!”

Drawn into this mystery, it is a network of fates and fortunes. A tangled web of lies.
This is the type of novel that you will want to read very quickly so you can find out what really happened.
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“A gripping historical thriller”

In a royal court where ambition reigns supreme, where power is everything, and where fierce rivalries poison all relationships, is anyone truly who they seem? This is the question at the heart of The Poison Bed, a... More

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The Poison Bed by @LizFremantle is a truly rewarding read. I thought I knew what was going to happen next several times and was very wrong. This applies especially to the ending! Love the engaging POV's,... More

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