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.
They said it was a tragic accident. She knows better...The brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered garden. Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, knows it wasn't an accident. Marianne had vertigo, paralysing vertigo. She never would have gone that close to the edge...
|Publication date:||11th August 2016|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Primary Genre||Thriller and Suspense|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
'It's very very tense, it's quite twisty and there are some really fantastic shockers in it ... I really really loved it ... t's an absolute must' Claire Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go
'Keep You Close kept me up all night long. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the final, shattering pages. Skillfully constructed and beautifully realized, Keep You Close is the next must-read for fans of The Girl on the Train' Amanda Eyre Ward
'You know a psychological thriller has done its job when you get to the last page and have an urge to instantly return to the first, to work out just how you've been so thoroughly hoodwinked. In this case it's by elegant plotting, brilliant characterisation and a truly killer twist' Sunday Mirror
'The success of Keep You Close lies in Whitehouse's perfect level of restraint ... Masterful ... An addictive psychological thriller. There's nothing more chilling that knowing you're intentionally being kept in the dark' **** Stylist, winner of 'Book Wars
'Whitehouse's previous novels have been singled out by Richard and Judy, and with Keep You Close the author confirms her reputation' Daily Mail
'This engaging and smart tale gets right inside your head and stays there. So creepy' Heat
'Whitehouse is a superb storyteller, whose sleight of hand and sly misdirections have you leaping to all the wrong conclusions from the outset' Independent
'A tense psychological thriller' Marie Claire
'Brilliantly written ... Amazing' Sun
'A killer twist. A riveting, serpentine thriller that gripped me till the end' Woman & Home
Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975, read Classics at OxfordUniversity and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The House atMidnight, the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was aRichard & Judy Summer Book Club pick and an ITV3 Crime Thriller selection. Keep You Close is her fourth novel. Author photo © Jaime TurnerMore About Lucie Whitehouse