Today’s featured book is one I’ll be reading next week: an ARC from Amazon Vine. Keep Your Friends Close, by Paula Daly, is a riveting and electrifying story of a husband and wife and the devious best friend who comes between them.
Intro: (Seven Months Earlier)
‘So what’s been on your mind this week?’ she asks him.
‘Besides the usual?’
She tilts her head. Looks on with mild disapproval and waits for him to answer more appropriately.
‘Death,’ he says. ‘I’ve been thinking about death.’
‘Not dying per se…but wouldn’t it be amazing if we got to choose the exact time of our deaths?’
Her expression is one of puzzlement. ‘Can’t we already do that?’ she asks.
‘I don’t mean suicide.’
‘But surely you don’t actually want to die?’
‘ ‘Course not.’
He’s lying supine on the couch. There is the beginning of a small paunch forming, a concertina of trouser creases at his groin. He turns his head towards her, glances her way briefly.
Teaser: I am longing to see him. Longing to love him. After one day in France I found I was aching for his presence, and it occurred to me that because we are together almost every minute, I have been taking our love for granted. (p. 78)
Amazon Description: Natty and Sean Wainwright have a rock-solid marriage—with two daughters, a successful business, and a beautiful house, they are a model family. When their younger daughter falls ill on an overseas school trip, Natty rushes to her side. Luckily, Natty’s best friend from college, Eve Dalladay, is visiting and offers to stay with Sean to lend a hand in the Wainwright household. But Natty returns home to find that Eve has taken to family life a little too well: Sean has fallen in love with her. With no choice but to put on a brave face, Natty attempts to start anew—yet no matter how hard she tries to set herself upright, Eve is there to knock her down again. Then Natty receives a mysterious note that says Eve has done this before—more than once—and the consequences were fatal. On a mission to reveal Eve as a vindictive serial mistress, Natty must navigate through a treacherous maze of secrets and lies that threatens her life and the safety of her loved ones.
I had to request this book because I’d read another by this author and adored it. Just What Kind of Mother Are You? (click for review) definitely whetted my appetite for this author’s work.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?