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Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975, read Classics at Oxford
University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The House at
Midnight, the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was a
Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick and an ITV3 Crime Thriller selection. Keep You Close is her fourth novel.
Author photo © Jaime Turner
Razor-sharp, focused and absolutely fabulous, Critical Incidents is the first in what promises to be a stunning new series by Lucie Whitehouse. Detective Inspector Robin Lyons has been dismissed from the Met, turned down a proposal, and is heading back to her Mum and Dad in Birmingham with her daughter Lennie. Home isn’t necessarily a sanctuary when Robin starts to investigate a shocking crime and violence creeps ever closer. Keep You Close was one of our Books of the Year in 2016, so I had high hopes for Critical Incidents and it certainly lived up to expectations. I sat and read non-stop, just gobbling up the pages. There is an addictive quality to the writing, pithy, witty, stinging sentences walk hand in hand with compassion and emotion. The ending has left me wanting more, so I already can’t wait for the next in the series. Critical Incidents is escapism at its very best, it is also provocative, eloquent and extremely rewarding, earning itself a pick of the month from me.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Ten years ago Rowan and Marianne were inseperable. Rowan, our narrator, lost her mother while still a baby and Marianne's family embraced her. Then Seb, the father, is killed in a car accident and something dramatic breaks up the girl's friendship. Five days after Marianne accidentally slips off a roof and is killed, Rowan has a card from her saying 'I need to talk to you'. This story is of Rowan's investigation into Marianne's death for she believes it to be no accident. Marianne was a famous artist with an exhibition booked in New York on which she was working. She is having her portrait painted by a famous American artist and a lot of the art world and paintings are described adding great fascination to the tale. The mystery as to what split the girls' friendship is wonderfully tense and not actually revealed until the last few pages when all comes together in a shocking climax. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst August 2016 Book of the Month.
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 18 July 2010. A dark tale of obsessive love and the danger a woman faces when she tries to break free. It’s compelling, emotional and builds to a gripping finale. I loved it.Comparison: Maggie O’Farrell, Nikki Gemmell, Kate Saunders.