The Poison Bed by E C Fremantle

2 stars from me

I’m sorry to say this book just didn’t do it for me.

The ‘hype’ of Gone Girl meets The Miniaturist made me want to read it but I couldn’t connect with it. I spent the first chunk of the book bewildered by who was ‘speaking’ and that made it incredibly hard for me to engage with the characters and therefore the story itself.

I loved the concept and knowing it was based upon truth made it even more exciting for me. The Poison Bed has a vast amount of 5 star reviews so I guess I must have been missing something but it didn’t work for me.

Synopsis: Elizabeth Fremantle’s THE POISON BED is a chilling, noirish thriller ripped straight from the headlines.

A king, his lover and his lover’s wife. One is a killer.

In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom.

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder? 


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