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
Natty and Sean Wainwright have a rock-solid marriage and family. When their younger daughter falls ill on an overseas school trip, Natty rushes to her side. Luckily, Natty's best friend from college, Eve Dalladay, is visiting and offers to stay with Sean to lend a hand in the Wainwright household. But Natty returns home to find that Sean has fallen in love with Eve. Natty attempts to start anew, but Eve is there to knock her down again. Then Natty receives a mysterious note that says Eve has done this before 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.