There is a very specific type of novel that I ALWAYS enjoy: psychological thrillers featuring a woman (it's almost ALWAYS a woman) who leads a complacent, even smug, existence until the day her world is upended by a betrayal. Someone close to her, usually a husband, but in this case a best friend, reveals themselves to be something else entirely. This charlatan, who has been playing the part of the dutiful husband, the loyal best friend, is in fact a manipulative sociopath, as toxic and furtive as a poisoned well. Done right, this type of book will engross me, even though I know what's going to happen. "Keep Your Friends Close" not only kept me captivated, it ended with a twist I truly didn't see coming. Fans of Gone Girl and The Silent Wife will love Paula Daly's newest--and eye their loved ones with renewed suspicion!— LAUREN'S STAFF PICKS
Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year From breakout thriller writer Paula Daly, the story of a husband and wife and the devious best friend who comes between them. Natty and Sean have a rock-solid marriage--with two daughters, a successful business, and a beautiful house, they are a model family. When their younger daughter falls ill on a school trip, Natty rushes to her side. Luckily, Natty's best friend from college, Eve, is visiting and offers to stay with Sean to lend a hand in the household. But Natty returns home to find that Eve has taken to family life a little too well: Sean has fallen in love with her. With no choice but to put on a brave face, Natty attempts to start anew--yet no matter how hard she tries to set herself upright, Eve is there to knock her down again. Then Natty receives a mysterious note that says Eve has done this before--more than once--and the consequences were fatal. On a mission to reveal Eve as a vindictive serial mistress, Natty must navigate through a treacherous maze of secrets and lies that threatens her life and the safety of her loved ones.
About the Author
Paula Daly is a freelance physical therapist living in North West England with her husband, three children, and dog Skippy. Keep Your Friends Close is her second novel.