Keep Your Friends Close


How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?


What do you do when your best friend steals your life?

Natty and Sean Wainwright are happily married. Rock solid in fact. So when Natty’s oldest friend, Eve Dalladay, appears – just as their daughter collapses on a school trip in France – Natty has no qualms about leaving Eve with Sean to help out at home.

Two weeks later and Natty finds Eve has slotted into family life too well. Natty’s husband has fallen in love with Eve. He’s sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over.

With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself.

And then she receives the note.

Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences…


From reading Paula Daly’s debut novel, I was really excited to pick this book up, especially after reading the synopsis. I was a bit worried though. Sometimes when the debut novel is as good, the second book can be a bit of a disappointment. I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. Once again, Paula has come up with a gripping storyline with some characters you love to hate.

The story centres around Natty and Sean Wainwright, who thought their marriage was doing alright. It wasn’t perfect, but is any marriage? When Natty’s daughter collapses in France, Natty leaves to care for her. Natty’s oldest friend Eve Dalladay had just turned up for a visit, and Natty thought nothing of leaving Eve with Sean at home. She thought Eve was being kind, to help out her friends in a sticky situation. However, Natty finds herself regretting the choices she made, as her marriage is completely rocked, and it’s all down to Eve.

I absolutely devoured this book. It was full of twists and turns and dare I say it, utterly manipulative characters. I don’t know what it is about me, but I love to read about manipulative characters. I’m wondering what that says about me as person…please don’t judge! I just find them intriguing! 😉 The story is fast-paced. I may have predicted what Eve would do first, but I certainly didn’t predict the rest of it.

This book is a quick, decent read. Paula Daly’s characters are certainly one of her biggest strengths as a writer. I either find myself rooting for her characters, feeling sorry for them, or hating them. A great sign that I’m completely engaged and invested in the story.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! (4.5 stars)

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