Keep You Close
When the brilliant young painter Marianne Glass is found dead in her snow-covered Oxford garden, Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, knows it wasn't an accident.
Rowan's pursuit of the truth takes her into every corner of her old friend's life, from Bohemian east London to the professional art world in which Marianne ma ...more
Marianne was…more The main Character Rowan turns out to be a killer who killed her best friend's father's mistress, which led to the death of said father.
Marianne was killed by her prospective stepdaughter.
All very convoluted. Not that great.
Rowan ends up dying the same way as Marianne.(less) (hide spoiler)]
no more numbers, i promise.
this is a solid psychological thriller with big dollops of romantic suspense to sauce it up.
it's not trashy - in fact, the actual sex is elided so much that there were a couple of times i didn't even reali ...more
Wow! I've got to say, I read Before We Met way back when and I just wasn't overly impressed. It felt very lukewarm to me and forgettable during all the "Gone Girl hysteria". I'm really glad I gave this one a try because it was monumentally better! Well done!
We find ourselves following Rowan at the beginning of this story; she has just learned that ...more
My rating would have been lower, but the last 20% of the book was really solid and made me wish that it had read this way from the start!
The first chapter came out strong and I thought I was in for a pretty suspenseful read. But shortly after that the book fell flat for me. I think there was just too much backstory and too many characters introduced and I found my mind wandering. I even fast forwarded through some of the chapters. I had some trouble connectin ...more
Full disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for making it available!
Lucie Whitehouse knows how to write a thriller. I really enjoyed her last book, Before We Met , and her newest book, Keep You Close , scheduled to be released in May, ratcheted up the excitement and surprises even more.
Rowan Winter gets a surprising call one day and learns that Marianne Glass, onc ...more
Although this didn't immediately draw me in, I was intrigued enough by the characters and the story to continue reading. The last half of t ...more
**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
When Marianne Glass falls to her death in what appears to be a tragic accident, one of her former closest friends can’t help but think there is more to her untimely death than would first appear. For starters Marianne suffered from vertigo; so there is no way that she would have been near the edge of a high roof-top in the first place. Although the two haven’t been in touch for some years, Rowan won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to ...more
It uses a past/present construction which I always love, seeing things unfold behind the current events is always a great way to present a mystery as it allows for some bea ...more
Ten years later, Rowan gets a phone call .. Marianne is dead. They have deemed this an accident or a suicide. But Rowan knows that Marianne had a fear of heights and a severe case of vertigo ... there is no way she ever would have even been that ...more
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I thought long and hard about how to review this book without offending the author. I will be totally honest and say I just didn't enjoy this book. I tried my best to get on with it but it just didn't do anything for me. If I was to say was there any good parts it wasn't until the last 20% it was slightly more interesting. Having read reviews online it appears I am in a minority a ...more
Great story and unbelievable ending
I was hit by a gripping start in the prologue: no names just she and he. Who are he and she? Was she pushed or did she fall?
The main character Rowan spends a lot of time reminiscing about her adolescence with her surrogate family re living the days before everything went sour with her best friend Marianne. This meant the story was a little disjointed in places but as time went on, things became cl ...more
That said as the mystery unfolded it made me change how I saw the characters and made me like the book as a whole less. I can't really say why in much depth without spoiling it.
I have found this book very difficult to rate. I found the storyline boring and there were too many characters to keep track of. I did not like or care about Rowan, Marianne or any of the other characters so I did not have the need to listen when ever I had a spare moment.
However there was something about the storyline that made me continue listening and not give up. For me the story improved during the second half of the book when we found out Rowan was not what she ...more
I first encountered Lucie Whitehouse back in 2008 when I read her debut novel, The House at Midnight. At the time, I was in the early days of my Ph.D., which I wrote on what I would come to term ‘campus clique crime novels’, and eagerly reading anything involving sinister goings on between university friends. I loved The House at Midnight, in which a tight-knit group of friends gather at a ...more
This is the first book I've read by Lucie Whitehouse- I have heard a lot about Before We Met but haven't yet had the chance to read it. So, when I got the chance to review Keep You Close I jumped at it!
This is exactly the sort of novel- psychological thrillers- that are so 'in vogue' right now, and I love- but they tend to either be a bit samey and bland, or they're amazing! Happily, I feel like this fell into the latter category!
The story isn't particularly fast ...more
This was one of those books that started out very promising but I ended up not liking as much as I thought.
Once I finished the book and thought it over I decided to that I do like the actual story line, I was just not a huge fan of how it was written out.
While the book was actually suspenseful it was hard to see while reading it because there was simply too much going on and by too much I mean back story, there seemed to be so much crammed in there that the suspends was gone by the time we go
As having not read any previous novels from Lucie Whitehouse, I began this book with a completely open mind. I always love it when I read something by an author I don't know and it turns out to be really good!
Keep you close was a true thriller/mystery novel. I was entertained and off balance through the entire novel. Lucie keeps her reader hooked and she is master of delaying a readers gratification! She teases her reader, dropping little breadcr ...more
At least half of the book was regarding the backstory when all I wanted to do was get to the mystery of Marianne's death.
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and was looking forward to reading it. I'm sure others will like it but it was not my cup of ...more
Having married in 2011, she now divides her time between the UK and Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. She writes ...more