'I imagined my hands about his throat, thumbs pressing into the soft flesh, could hear his choked pleas for mercy'
Autumn, 1615. Celebrated couple Robert and Frances Carr are imprisoned in the Tower of London on suspicion of murder.
Has been rescued from an abusive marriage by Robert, and is determined to make a new life for herself. Whatever the price...
has risen from nothing to become one of the country's most powerful men. But to get to the top you cannot help making enemies...
Now a man is dead.
And someone must pay with their life.
Frances knows the truth can Kill.
Robert knows a lie can set you free.
Neither understands their marriage is a poisoned bed...
Praise for Elizabeth Fremantle's work:
Fremantle has taken a fascinating poisoning case, a toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition, and breathed new life into it. I doubt if I shall read a more deliciously sinister historical novel this year (Andrew Taylor) • Beautifully written... what Hilary Mantel fans should read while they wait for the final part of her trilogy (The Bookseller) • A top-notch literary thriller The Telegraph • A novel of extraordinary power (Books Monthly) • Spellbinding (People Magazine) • A sumptuous epic saturated in the politics of the time (Metro) • Five star historical fiction (Daily Mail) • A major new voice in historical fiction (The Bookseller) • A powerful debut (The Guardian)
WATERSTONES SAYS Warning: this book may well take over your summer. Think Gillian Flynn meets The Miniaturist.
Elizabeth Fremantle's books are translated into ten languages, and a feature film adaptation of Queen's Gambit is in development.