Keep Your Friends Close
Random House UK, Transworld Publishers
Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty’s oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears – just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France – Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home.
Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well. Natty’s husband has fallen in love with Eve. He’s sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over.
With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself.
And then she receives the note.
Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences…
This is a remarkable compulsive read – so good in fact I got half way through this and had to stop – the tension created was enormous and my expectations of what was about to happen meant I could not face reading another word…for a few days…brilliant work Paula Daly, to make mere words so powerful and emotional. I loved every minute of this read.
This narrative is a brilliantly written psychological suspense/mystery that will have you chewing at your nails, begging the protagonist Natty to watch out, to look out- but of course she doesn’t! The tension builds, the drama grows and the flames devour and then …it ends. I would have liked to have had more pages in this book, a few more chapters to unravel all the past crimes and histories and to discover what exactly the future held, but Daly lets the reader make up their own conclusion, the imagination is a powerful tool.