Author: Lucie Whitehouse
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Date of publication: May 2016
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 . . .
In Keep You Close, Rowan's childhood friend Marianne fell from the roof of her house and Rowan thinks it was more than an accident. She hadn't seen her in over 10 years, but decides to try to figure out what happened. I really wanted to love this book, but it just really fell short. I was expecting a thriller and just didn't get one. I'd have to say it was just an OK read for me.
I did read the whole book, but it was a struggle to finish it. I really only finished it because I wanted to see how it all wrapped up. On the positive side, there were a few twists that caught me off guard. They just came way too late for me. The first 2 chapters did sucked me in, but then it just became so slow. There were a lot of odd time shifts that upset the flow of the story. I kept thinking I had missed something. I'm not sure if this is the author's normal way of writing since it's the first book I have read by her. It was hard to get used to. I also really didn't care for the ending.
I think fans will enjoy this book. I'm probably in the minority, so pick up a copy and give it a try.
About Lucie Whitehouse
Lucie Whitehouse grew up in Warwickshire, England, studied classics at the University of Oxford, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. She is author of The House at Midnight, The Bed I Made, and Before We Met.
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