The Swimming PoolBook - 2016
'I can't take my eyes off the water. Can you?'
It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele - wife, mother, teacher - it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.
Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn't know she'd been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.
But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?
Praise for The Swimming Pool
'Exquisitely written and addictively dark, The Swimming Pool is sheer perfection' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
'Gripping from start to finish, it wrapped itself around me and swept me along in its wake. I loved it and simply did not want it to end' Rosanna Ley
'Clever, atmospheric and ridiculously addictive' Kate Riordan
'As languidly seductive as summer itself, this is a tense, unsettling tale about the secrets and lies submerged beneath the smooth surface of a leafy London neighbourhood lido. Bravo, Louise Candlish!' Tammy Cohen
'Smart and gripping from start to finish - I didn't see any of the twists coming. I loved it!' Isabelle Broom, author and Heat Books Reviews Editor
'The Swimming Pool' is a slow-burning and thought-provoking read, and the last few gripping pages had me immediately reaching for the beginning.' Love Reading
Praise for Louise Candlish
'A master of her craft' Rosamund Lupton
'A thriller novel meets soap opera with hints of Rear Window . . . addictive and fun . . . it will keep you guessing until the end' Stylist
'Absorbing, perceptive and gripping' Daily Mail
'Louise Candlish's stories don't shy away from life's more painful and emotional moments' Glamour
'Tense, twisty and completely addictive, will keep you guessing right until the end' Good Housekeeping
' Louise Candlish excels in looking at the darker side of relationships, she discovers thoughts and feelings that are recognisable but at the same time feel dangerously untouched' Love Reading