I was blown
away by this book. Lucie Whitehouse’s Keep You Close started off slow and at
times in the first few chapters, I got really annoyed by the
main character, Rowan Winter. I kept wondering what the hell is wrong with
Rowan? What was the secret thing that
damaged her relationship with her best friend Marianne Glass? And then why does
Rowan revere the Glass family so much?
But then oh
goodness, the reveal of what really caused the two best friends to part and the
true reasons for Rowan’s devotion was so unexpected that the very slow is worth
the read. Lucie
Whitehouse has certainly grown in her mystery/suspense writing and storytelling
abilities since Before We Met.
When the artist Marianne Glass falls to her death, everyone insists it was a tragic accident. Yet Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, suspects there is more to the story. Ever since she was young, Marianne had paralyzing vertigo. She would never have gone so close to the roof’s edge.
Marianne – and the whole Glass family – once meant everything to Rowan. For a teenage girl, motherless with a much-absent father, this lively, intellectual household represented a world of glamour and opportunity.
But since their estrangement, Rowan knows only what the papers reported about Marianne’s life: her swift ascent in the London art world, her much-scrutinized romance with her gallerist. If she wants to discover the truth about her death, Rowan needs to know more. Was Marianne in distress? In danger? And so she begins to seek clues – in Marianne’s latest work, her closest relationships, and her new friendship with an iconoclastic fellow artist.
But the deeper Rowan goes, the more sinister everything seems. And a secret in the past only she knows makes her worry about her own fate …
Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for allowing me access to this digital ARC. Keep You Close is set to be released on May 3, 2016
In my 2016 reading challenge this is book 21 of 60.