The Swimming Pool
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The Swimming Pool


It's summer, and for teachers Ed and Natalie Steele this means six weeks off work with their young daughter Molly. Their lives are predictable and uncomplicated -- or at least they were until they meet the Faulkners.

Suddenly, glamorous Lara Channing, a former actress leading an eccentrically lavish lifestyle, is taking Natalie under her wing and the stability of summer takes an exciting turn.

But are there hidden motives behind this new friendship? And when the end-of-summer party at the lido is cut short by a blackout, Natalie realizes that she's been kept in the dark all along.

Title:The Swimming Pool
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages

    The Swimming Pool Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley
    Apr 30, 2016

    The Sudden Departure of the Frasers was one of my favourite twisty tales of last year, one of those impulse purchases that turns into a favourite, so I was REALLY looking forward to “The Swimming Po...

  • Elaine
    May 19, 2016

    I loved the characters in this book and just know that I am going to be coming back to them in my mind in the future. Not always likeable people, they are extremely entertaining to read about in this ...

  • Malia
    Sep 16, 2016

    I feel bad about this, because I usually like this author, especially her book The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, however, I have to abandon this one. I am listening to the audiobook, and the narrat...

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Jul 05, 2016

    Oh my God! THAT ending! Louise has bowled me over with yet another very cleverly written novel with twists that are outstanding. Full gushing review to come but put this on your to-read list and grab ...

  • Cleo Bannister
    Apr 06, 2016

    The Swimming Pool gets my recommendation as a must-read novel of the summer, preferably by your own swimming pool, the sounds and the smells enhancing the wonderful backdrop to this scary tale about f...

  • Bryony Nelson
    May 09, 2016

    I'm not going to lie, I skipped chunks of this because otherwise I would've just given up. The whole story just dragged on so much and was so boring. Yeah, there were some okay plot twists but nothing...

  • Joanne Robertson
    May 01, 2016

    I had never read any Louise Candlish books until last year when I picked up the wonderful The Sudden Departure of the Fraser's after a recommendation. Now though, after reading The Swimming Pool I can...

  • Rachel Hall
    Jul 28, 2016

    The Swimming Pool was a disappointing read for me, as Is so often the case in the psychological thriller genre the story made its intentions far too clear from the outset and whilst this novel had an ...

  • Tracy Fenton
    Apr 06, 2016

    The Swimming Pool is one of those books that you know something awful has happened in the opening chapter but have no idea what or to whom. This then becomes a nerve-wracking, tension filled journey t...

  • Wendy Darling
    Oct 27, 2016

    Starts off seductive, gets messy and fairly predictable, but then concludes with a pretty great ending. ...

About Louise Candlish

Louise Candlish

'Brilliantly obsessive' Red magazine on THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE FRASERSLouise Candlish studied English at University College London and worked as an editor and copywriter before writing fiction. She is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including THE SUDDEN DEPARTURE OF THE FRASERS (Penguin, 2015) and THE SWIMMING POOL (Penguin, May 2016).The short story THE INTRUDER AT NUMBER 40 (2016)