Natty and Sean have a typical marriage. Their two daughters are now teenagers, and both parents are busy working at the hotel they run together. They are busy people but comfortable in their lives. When their oldest daughter Felicity becomes ill on a school trip to France, Natty goes to be with her and bring her home. Natty’s best friend Eve offers to stay with Sean and their other daughter Alice to help out at the house while Natty is away. Natty is thankful for her friend.
But should she be?
Eve has other plans in mind. Playing the role of the perfect “wife substitute’ she plays right into everything that Natty would not. She cooks and cleans, catering to both Sean and Alice.
When Natty returns home with Felicity she finds that Eve has taken her spot not only in her home, but in her bed. Shell shocked, Natty tries to make sense of how quickly her whole life has crumbled. Every where she turns it seems that Eve is there, driving Shawn’s car, rubbing what she has done in Natty’s face.
Then Natty receives a mysterious note saying
“she has done this before.”
The note awakens Natty at a new level. She knows she needs to find out more about her so-called friend, having no idea that the road she is about to take is a deadly one.
Wow. Wow. Wow. What a great book! With a synopsis like this, it is all too scary real. Eve is a kind of crazy evil. The pace moves along quickly (which I like), and I had to keep listening just to know what was going to happen. It is definitely an engaging read. I will definitely be looking for more from this author.
Natty is a great protagonist and Eve is an excellent villain. There is no middle ground here, the line is clearly drawn and I liked that. It was refreshing.
I listened to this on audio and Colleen Prendergast was an excellent narrator. It seems like I keep finding these audio books lately have heavily accented narrators and I think my head needs a break for that, but that is just me. 😉
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: October 8, 2014
11 thoughts on “Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly”
This sounds GOOD! And different from what I’ve been reading lately–which might be a nice change as well.
It is good – it is like your worst nightmare coming true.
I loved this one, too, as well as the author’s previous book, Just What Kind of Mother Are You?
I was looking at that one Laurel I may have to give that a try! 😀
Is that Eve on the cover? She’s kind of scary looking! God you liked it, Sheila!
Good observation Mary, I had not even thought about that. I usually am on top of covers but didn’t think of it this time. If the cover is at all accurate, it must represent one of Natty’s daughters who are 12 and 14. Eve is a leggy blonde.
Oh, I really enjoyed this one too. As well as JUST WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU?, also recommended above by Laurel. Couldn’t you just hear Glen Close’s voice saying, “I’m not going to be ignored!”. LOL
OH ha ha – you are sooooo right!!!!! Very Glenn Close like!!!!! 😆
I have added this to my Goodreads “to read” list.
Thanks for sharing your review. I have this e-book, but only started it and then put it down. I think I should pick it back up.
I was reminded of this book recently when reading another which was similar (Saving Grace by Jane Green perhaps… too lazy to check it out). I think it suffered in comparison to this one by Daly though.