Book Review: Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

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…

keep your friends closeWhat I Thought:

After reading Paula Daly’s first book, Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, I was thrilled to be sent a copy of her second book, Keep Your Friends Close.

As with Paula Daly’s first book, this is another brilliantly-written, but instantly relatable read with a healthy dose of mystery thrown in. Natty is a mum with too few hours in the day, who suddenly finds that the life she and her husband have worked like dogs to build is crumbling around her ears thanks to Eve – who is a fantastically-written villain with zero scruples when it comes to getting what she wants.

The book is, again, set in the Lake District, so we meet again some characters from Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, like police detective Joanne Aspinall, which is great news as she could probably support a series all of her own.

It’s an interesting read, as we already know that Eve is a cow from the moment she sets about stealing Sean, but as Natty sets about finding the ‘real Eve’ and finds out more than she bargained for, there’s plenty to keep you interested as Eve is stripped bare. Natty’s confrontations with her are pretty good too – especially the one in the supermarket car park!

I would highly recommend Keep Your Friends Close as I would Just What Kind of Mother Are You? and I’ve just discovered that Paula Daly has written a Kindle short story, No Remorse which I have just bought for the princely sum of 98p and am just off to read…

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for rview purposes, but all comments and thoughts are my own.

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