Entertainment: Our pick of the best poolside reads this summer

Looking for holiday books? Pack these thrillers in your suitcase for the ultimate poolside read this summer


The Poison Bed by E C Fremantle

£12.99 | Hardback | Michael Joseph

The most powerful man in England, his lover and his lover’s wife. One of them is a killer. In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the country. A celebrity couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is rich and powerful. Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the crime. Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? Who is willing to commit murder?



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Snap by Belinda Bauer

£12.99 | Hardback | Transworld

Snap decisions can be fatal… On a stifling summer’s day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long. But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you.





Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

£7.99 | Hardback | Vintage

Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She’s taken the family car and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start. Audra keeps to the country roads to avoid attention. Then she spots something in her rear-view mirror. A police car is following her and the lights are flickering blue and red. As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are. Her perfect escape is about to turn into a nightmare beyond her imagining…




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Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

£12.99 | Hardback | Cornerstone

Mike knows that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete. But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart. It doesn’t matter that Verity is marrying another man. You see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call ‘the crave’, the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike.





Watching You by Lisa Jewell

£12.99 | Hardback | Cornerstone

Everyone in the leafy suburb of Melville, Bristol, loves Tom Fitzwilliam. The charismatic head teacher has saved the local school from ruin and brought the community together as a result. His wife adores him, his students moon over him – and his next-door neighbour Joey Mullen is obsessed by him. So when Tom Fitzwilliam is found stabbed to death in the school car park, the immediate question is not who would want to kill the most popular man in town – but who has something to hide.



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The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S Moore

£8.99 | Paperback | Red Door Publishers

In a Victorian house in London three very different characters live in three flats.  Tam, a middle aged, hard drinking policeman, Karen, a research scientist, and Nick a young man with Asperger’s syndrome. They live disconnected lives until their paths become intertwined by a murder, and they all find themselves propelled along towards a dramatic and violent conclusion that will change them all.  The Man on the Middle Floor is a fast paced, gritty thriller that won’t let you put it down and will have you thinking about the characters and the nature of modern day living for a long time after you have finished it.


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