- Written By: Paula Daly
- Published By: Grove Press, September 2, 2014
- Length: 320 pages
- Source: Graciously offered by Vero Beach Book Center Arc shelves
Summary: From breakout thriller writer Paula Daly, Keep Your Friends Close is a riveting and electrifying story of a husband and wife and the devious best friend who comes between them.
Natty and Sean Wainwright 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 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 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.(Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I so enjoyed Paula Daly’s first book, Just What Kind of a Mother Are You? I was thrilled when I realized she had a new book coming out! In much the same way Daly writes about women and families and traumatic emotional events in her second book, Keep Your Friends Close.
Natty and Sean are sort of going through the motions of a marriage and running a small Inn. They are happy with their two daughters and life looks pretty good. Sean is totally gobsmacked and seduced by Eve, a former college friend, best friend really of Natty’s. The old adage of while the cats away the mice will play never had truer meaning. Natty doesn’t seem to stand a chance of convincing anyone that she is a good and fit mother, and as things seem to be crumbling she is tipped off that perhaps Eve isn’t who she thinks she is. Natty lets her anger get the best of her and we are reminded that there are eyes in the form of surveillance cameras everywhere. When Natty starts digging around the results are deadly, and frightening. She has to convince the police and Sean that Eve is not who she appears.
My only negative thought about this book is how surprised Natty is about the lies Eve has been telling for close to 20 years. Hard to imagine in this day and age of internet and social media that Natty has never looked up her old pal Eve.
What I did love about this book was the harsh reality and delicate balance of love and family. Adultery and divorce happen much too often to our friends and family, and from the outside I always wonder just what the hell went wrong. I deliberate why spouses don’t leave in the beginning rather than after an affair and when things get all ugly.
I enjoyed this book very much, and I highly recommend if you enjoy a twisted psychological story.