A brilliantly twisting psychological thriller by the author of Before We Met.
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. Marianne had paralysing vertigo: she would never have gone close enough to the roof-edge to fall.
Meeting the Glass family - large-hearted feminist Jacqueline; relationship-guru Seb, and Marianne's kind, academic brother Adam - had been life-changing for the teenage Rowan, the only child of a much-absent widower. The Glasses had opened a WC window on a life of ideas and possibility, and in Jacqueline, Rowan had found the encouragement and warmth that, with no mother of her own, she had longed for since childhood. Though she and Marianne haven't spoken for ten years, she knows she has to find out what really happened.
Her 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 had made her name. Many people are grieving, including her gallerist and boyfriend, James Court, and Peter Turk, the singer with a one-hit-wonder band who had yearned for Marianne in vain for more than a decade. There's also the American portrait painter with at least one dead woman in his past.
The deeper she goes, the more convinced Rowan becomes that something is very wrong. Is someone breaking in to Marianne's house? Who is the man who stands at the window opposite and watches at night? Rowan is determined to find out - but some secrets might be better left uncovered, and others can be lethal...
About the Author
Lucie Whitehouse was born in Gloucestershire in 1975, read Classics at Oxford University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is author of The House at Midnight, the TV Book Club pick The Bed I Made and Before We Met, which was a Richard & Judy pick and an ITV3 Crime Book Club selection.
It's very very tense, it's quite twisty and there are some really fantastic shockers in it ... I really really loved it ... t's an absolute must * Claire Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go *
Keep You Close kept me up all night long. I couldn't stop reading until I reached the final, shattering pages. Skillfully constructed and beautifully realized, Keep You Close is the next must-read for fans of The Girl on the Train * Amanda Eyre Ward *
You know a psychological thriller has done its job when you get to the last page and have an urge to instantly
return to the first, to work out just how you've been so thoroughly hoodwinked. In this case it's by elegant plotting, brilliant characterisation and a truly killer twist * Sunday Mirror *
The success of Keep You Close lies in Whitehouse's perfect level of restraint ... Masterful ... An addictive psychological thriller. There's nothing more chilling that knowing you're intentionally being kept in the dark **** * Stylist, winner of `Book Wars' *
Whitehouse's previous novels have been singled out by Richard and Judy, and with Keep You Close the author confirms her reputation * Daily Mail *
This engaging and smart tale gets right inside your head and stays there. So creepy * Heat *
Whitehouse is a superb storyteller, whose sleight of hand and sly misdirections have you leaping to all the wrong conclusions from the outset * Independent *
A tense psychological thriller * Marie Claire *
Brilliantly written ... Amazing * Sun *
A killer twist. A riveting, serpentine thriller that gripped me till the end * Woman & Home *
Haunting from the very start ... You won't be able to put this down * Best *
Fans of Gone Girl will love this tense, chilling thriller * Bella *
An intense and tightly-worked story that makes for a dark and gripping read ***** * Lectito *
Loved Gone Girl? This is the Brit version ... Warning: you won't want to put it down * Glamour on Before We Met *
Whitehouse writes marvellously in an emotionally hypersensitive, lyrical, Maggie O'Farrell sort of way * Daily Mail, on The Bed I Made *
A stunning piece of modern gothic. Gripping, accomplished and, ultimately, mesmerising, it represents the arrival of a major literary talent * John Connolly on The House at Midnight *