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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802123201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802123206
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Keep Your Friends Close

"Daly’s affinity for psychological intrigue shines . . . [she] has penned a superbly sinister plot full of believable twists. It will have readers wondering just how well they know their friends, and how secure their lives are." —Mystery Scene

"The story taps into the frightening notion that security is an illusion. This nail-biter will leave readers breathless and wondering how well they know their friends. . . . A taut thriller." —Shelf Awareness

"Keep Your Friends Close will cost you sleep. The ‘gotta know’ suffuses every page; tension intensifies with each chapter. We follow Daly’s characters down terrifying, unanticipated, nerve-wracking roads to the last word." —Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughter

"The suspense, dread and paranoia intensify with each page. Paula Daly explores what happens when a serpent invades the family nest, twisting truth into lies and illuminating our deepest fears. A novel that explores the power of family, love and betrayal, and what lengths we will go to keep our loved ones safe." —Denise Hamilton, author of Damage Control and editor of the Edgar-winning anthology Los Angeles Noir

Praise for Paula Daly

"A writer to watch." —Julia Spencer-Fleming

"An outstanding new thriller writer." —Booklist (starred review)

"A distinctive voice." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A potential star, and one with the courage to take risks." —Daily Mail

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.

Customer Reviews

'Keep Your Friends Close' is a psychological thriller that will grab you and keep you reading until the last page.
Judi Fryer
In the end, it all wraps up a little too easily, a little deus ex machina, but it is satisfying that it doesn't happen until the absolute final page.
Hillary W.
Some things about the book went into much detail that really did not need explaining, and it left other things out that I wanted to know more about.
David Silva Leyva

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. VINE VOICE on June 4, 2014
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This book is difficult to finish. Front cover to back the struggle of good vs evil is evident, drawn out and a downright struggle to read. I found myself hating to turn the page and move forward, because it seemed like there was no forward movement at all. Page after page of frustration to be culminated by a swift and totally unsatisfying ending. In no way was the finish worth the agony of reading this book and twisting and turning with the lead character page after page. Total frustration in print form. I was not pleased at all and kept wanting to skip to the end of this book to read the finale or just put it down, never to finish it at all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Burian-Mohr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2014
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Natty and Sean Wainwright are living a perfect life: college sweethearts, still in love, running a perfect hotel with perfect daughters. Sure, Sean's mother is a bitch, but she's away on a vacation. And sure, they're working their butts off, but their hotel is top rated with all the amenities. One daughter is off on a school trip in France; the other is safely tucked away at home. And Natty and Sean's dear friend Eve is coming to visit.

Then the perfect evening/friendship/life goes south. The daughter in France is gravely ill. Eve graciously offers to stay at the hotel and help Sean out. Natty rushes to her daughter's side.

And Eve rushes to Sean's side, fulfilling all his fantasies, being the perfect substitute wife and mother. And Sean falls for it, hook, line and sinker.

With all that, the book isn't really a mystery at all. It's a sordid scene of domestic bliss gone bad. But then there are secrets. Lots and lots of creepy secrets dating back to when the three first knew each other. These are the secrets that defined their friendship if, in fact, it could be called a friendship.

I found that Paula Daly has an excellent narrative voice. She tells a story fluidly, with rhythm. Her dialog sounds real. Her descriptions and insights are both humorous and evocative. She adds detail that make the story move --- like the tourists who used the in-room kettle to heat curry, or the little parking lot fracas.

Daly also draws some interesting characters -- quirky, insightful in their ways, unique, and interesting.

And she comes up with some creepily twisted secrets and backstory that make you question what lies beneath the surface of any "perfect" relationship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 8, 2014
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Just who is Eve Dalladay? To Natty, she is an old friend from university days, when the two of them were best friends, a connection seemingly maintained over the years. But is there more to Eve's story? Natty begins to wonder about that when Eve, like a conniving interloper, inserts herself into the perfect world she has constructed with her husband Sean and their two daughters, Alice and Felicity. How did Eve manage to so quickly seduce Sean into a life together and topple the world that Natty has counted on for all these years?

Secrets, like a sleeping giant who awakens, have a way of coming out. Especially when someone like Eve has a plan and a purpose. And around every corner is a new piece of Eve's plan, while she innocently watches Natty's world crumble.

Our story begins when Natty rushes off to France where her daughter Felicity has taken ill and is in critical condition. Eve just happens to be there visiting and offers to stay and help. But soon we learn that Eve's plan is so much more, and as we watch the train wreck of their lives, emotions are intense and I couldn't stop turning those pages with bated breath, wondering what new discovery would come next.

Interesting characters include the calm, yet somewhat tricky detective, Joanne Aspinall. What is her story, and how is she somehow connected to this family? Then there is Jackie, Natty's father's girlfriend, who is a breath of fresh air, with her directness and advice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. Pope on September 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This was one of those novels where none of the main characters is likeable. The psychotic serial-mistress villain (PSMV) is barely one-dimensional. Her PoV sections, written in third person by the omniscient narrator, reveal her as a bottom-feeding narcissistic predator with no redeeming characteristics. Husband Sean is a doormat of major proportions, easy prey for the PSMV since wifey has been neglecting certain aspects of their marriage. He doesn’t have his own sections but is slotted in wherever the author requires his confused presence.
Wifey, who narrates her own sections, is an obsessive-compulsive workaholic with an uncontrolled homicidal temper and a bottomless ability to justify her every action and thought. Not to mention too busy to work bedroom time for Sean into her crowded days, and too oblivious to recognize this is as a potential marital hazard. She also has a dark secret from her past that she is frantic to keep hidden from daughters Alice and Felicity, who exist mainly to provide a reason for the dark secret to be an important plot point.
The plot? Oh, you can guess that.
Borrow the book from the public library if you must, but don’t waste money on it.
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