Sunday 31 May 2015

Keep Your Friends Close - Paula Daly


What do you do when your best friend steals your life?
You've been friends since university, when you became the people you are today.
You don’t see each other enough but when you do it’s as if you’ve never been apart.
She's one of the family. You would trust her with your life, your children, your husband.
And when your daughter is rushed to hospital, you’re grateful that she’s stepping in at home, looking after things.
But your best friend isn’t who you think she is. You’re about to find out just how wrong you were...
What did I think?
Wow!  This was a page turner and I started and finished it on the same day.

Natty and Sean seem like the perfect couple.  They have been together since they were teenagers and despite parental pressure to break up they are still together 16 years later.  Eve, Natty's friend from university, turns up one day just as Natty gets a call that her youngest daughter has taken ill on a school trip in France.  Natty rushes off to France leaving Eve to look after her eldest daughter and her husband.

Eve's destruction of Natty's life had me reeling - I was disappointed at how easily Sean was taken in by her and was cheering Natty on when the red mist descended.  Natty was like a lioness defending her cubs and willing to do anything to keep them safe.  When she started to investigate Eve's life, you just know she'd going to overturn a stone with lots of nasty little secrets under it.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough in anticipation of the final showdown.

The Lake District setting was sublime and sometimes I felt like I was driving down the winding roads and gazing across Lake Windermere.  The blossoming love between Natty's Dad and his home help was a really nice part of the story and had its own twists and turns.  I even laughed out loud at the mention of Sean's parents' breakup and his Mum's explanation for why his Dad left her.

A fantastic psychological thriller - prepare to lose a day when reading this book!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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