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Keep You Close

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,826 ratings  ·  306 reviews
How far would you go to protect the people you love?

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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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i have now read four books by lucie whitehouse, and given three of them four stars. (ack, no one said there would be math!!!) to contextualize the four stars given to this book, i liked it more than Before We Met but not as much as my memory of The House at Midnight.

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
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 ½ stars. Rowan returns to Oxford after a ten year absence following her friend Marianne’s death. Rowan and Marianne had been estranged for the previous ten years. Told entirely from Rowan’s perspective, the circumstances of the estrangement and Marianne’s death slowly unfold. I will say nothing more to avoid spoilers. At the beginning, I found it hard to get into Keep You Close – really hard. But this is one of those books for which persistence paid off. It took me a while to sort out who the ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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*I was provided a copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. Many thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity!*

4.5 stars!

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
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The ending saved this book for me...
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
Flashback to late 2013, when Lucie Whitehouse, an author whose first two books I had adored, published a third novel titled Before We Met. Before We Met came out in the post- Gone Girl scramble to find the next bestselling entry in a then-new genre, the domestic thriller, and was a bit of a departure from her previous novels, both in terms of style - it was very stripped-down where her others were florid - and the way it was presented and marketed. I think enough time has passed that I can ad ...more
Larry H
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

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,
Diane S ☔
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Rowan was once part of the Glass family or as close as she could get without family blood. Best friends with their daughter Marianne, though they hadn't seen nor been close to each other foremen years. When she learns that Marianne has been found dead, after falling off her roof, Rowan doesn't believe it. Marianne had always suffered from severe vertigo.

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
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easy read. Just did not have the depth in characterizations that I expect in this genre. IMHO, lots of detail and most copy of the middle was extraneous. The surprise of the end! I wish the underlying motives were as examined, perhaps with specific context for intrigue of the "why" instead of numerous red herrings with such an abrupt finish. It just didn't engage me as a woman to woman friendship based in real congenial connection from the beginning of this story.
Lucie Whitehouse has written an atmospheric and compelling thriller. It is well plotted with a fast paced narrative that keeps you on tenterhooks with the twists and turns in the story. At its heart is the nature of relationships and how they can change through the years. The mystery of the death of Marianne Glass is seen through the prism of the past and how the network of people in the artist's life ended up in the present. The author has a keen eye for detail and descriptions. I particularly ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid psychological thriller. My one issue is that Rowan, our main lead, is not actually telling the story. We have a narrator "in her head" telling us what is happening. This has some twists and turns that should keep you guessing while we try to find out what "really" happened to Marianne.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed for Bookaholic Confessions

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
Liz Barnsley
Keep you Close - another twisty psychological thriller from the pen of Lucie Whitehouse, whose previous novel "Before We Met" I absolutely loved. When it came to Keep You Close I had a slightly love/hate relationship with it, in that it had a totally superb opening and a banging ending but I felt it dipped a bit in the middle.

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
Linda Strong
Rowan Winter and Marianne Glass were best friends since they first met as teenagers. Rowan was so hurt when after several years, Marianne cuts Rowan out of her life. This not only deprived Rowan of Marianne's love, but that of Marianne's family, as well.

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
Heather Fineisen
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that is slyly written and then comes together at the end. You may even think it is too slow but trust me, the pay off is there. Whitehouse is a smart writer and she can describe a piece of artwork where you feel like you are standing in front of it, absorbing emotions from the fictional artist. Clues are dropped carefully like breadcrumbs and if you miss one, you lose your way. Pay attention, take your time and enjoy this smart mystery/thriller.

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This was going to be two stars, but she surprised me with the ending. Well done, Whitehouse! I should have had more faith in you. I'll hopefully write a review soon.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, it was ok, but I didn't love it. I know a lot of people have raved about this one, but for me it was just a bit too much filler going on and not enough action.

Rowan and Marianne have been estranged for over a decade when Rowan gets the news of her old friends death. Marianne has fallen from a roof top at her house and it has been ruled a suicide.

There are a lot of characters to get your head around at the beginning of this book, and I found that a bit confusing. Rowan is sure that Marianne
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Firstly my thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced e-copy of this book, in return for an honest review.

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
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An artist beloved by family and friends jumps off her roof to her death. People are stunned but none more than her long lost best friend Rowan. THey have not spoken for 10 years when she gets the call. AND a note from the deceased arrives a day after her death "I need to speak to you" is all it says.
Great story and unbelievable ending
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed Before We Met a couple of years ago so I was quite excited to read Keep You Close.

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
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I had such a hard time getting into this book. The novel starts off with esteemed artist Marianne Glass being surprised in her home studio. So when you find out she has died from a fall you naturally suspect foul play. When her estranged friend Rowan Winter expresses her doubts about Marianne's "accident" you wait with baited breath for her to solve the crime. And you wait and you wait. The funeral scene goes on for nearly fifty pages. Albeit to introduce you to all the cast of characters and wo ...more
This book is very readable and I did enjoy it to a certain extent. This is largely due to the fact that the mystery kept me hooked throughout.

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.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keep You Close is a psychological thriller that will keep you on your toes. Brilliant painter Marianne Glass found dead in her garden and the law enforce called a tragic accident. However, her friend Rowan Winter did not believe that Marianne would go so close to the edge because she has vertigo. Rowan decided to investigate. The readers of Keep You Close will continue to follow Rowan investigation to find out what happened to Marianne.

Keep You Close is an enjoyable book to read. I was surprise
Listened to in audio format.

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
Margot McGovern
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep You Close is a taught and twisting story of obsession, buried secrets and the burning desire to belong.

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
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Rowan Winter hears of the death of celebrated artist Marianne Glass she is saddened and very puzzled. It appears that Marianne fell from the rooftop viewpoint of her house in Oxford and the police have come to the conclusion that the death was accidental and there is compelling evidence to support this theory. But Rowan knows that it could never have happened that way. Marianne loved her rooftop space it’s true, she spent a lot of time there but would never venture near to the edge of it as ...more
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
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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

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Thanks to the publisher for an Advanced Read Copy

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
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this creepy thriller. Marianne used to climb to the top of the roof for cigarette. In the snow the roof would have been slippery so what was she doing up on the roof in the was freezing cold? The police told her mother Jacqueline that Marianne has had an accident and that she must have slipped and fell to her death from the roof and was found soaking freezing cold with her fingers frozen. Jacqueline and Rowan her once best friend couldn't be believe that Marianne slipped ...more
Lady Ruth Barge
By Chapter 4 I had already looked up half a dozen words which meant that the story did not flow smoothly for me. I would like to think that I have a varied vocabulary but at times it seemed that the author was using a thesaurus just for the sake of it.
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
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Lucie Whitehouse was born in the Cotswolds in 1975 and grew up in Warwickshire. She studied Classics at Oxford University and then began a career in publishing while spending evenings, weekends and holidays working on the book that would eventually become THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.

Having married in 2011, she now divides her time between the UK and Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. She writes

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