Keep You Close

Keep You Close 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 to the story Ever since she was young Mariann

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 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 teenageWhen 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 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 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 sinister everything seems And a secret in the past only she knows makes her worry about her own fate .

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  1. Lucie Whitehouse was born in the Cotswolds in 1975 and grew up in Warwickshire She studied Classics at Oxford University and then began a career in publishing while spending evenings, weekends and holidays working on the book that would eventually become THE HOUSE AT MIDNIGHT.Having married in 2011, she now divides her time between the UK and Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband She writes full time and has contributed features to the Times, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Elle and Red Magazine.

146 Reply to “Keep You Close”

  1. i have now read four books by lucie whitehouse, and given three of them four stars ack, no one said there would be math to contextualize the four stars given to this book, i liked it than Before We Met but not as much as my memory of The House at Midnight no numbers, i promiseis is a solid psychological thriller with big dollops of romantic suspense to sauce it up s not trashy in fact, the actual sex is elided so much that there were a couple of times i didn t even realize the characters had h [...]

  2. 3 stars Rowan returns to Oxford after a ten year absence following her friend Marianne s death Rowan and Marianne had been estranged for the previous ten years Told entirely from Rowan s perspective, the circumstances of the estrangement and Marianne s death slowly unfold I will say nothing to avoid spoilers At the beginning, I found it hard to get into Keep You Close really hard But this is one of those books for which persistence paid off It took me a while to sort out who the characters were [...]

  3. I was provided a copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review Many thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity 4.5 stars Wow I ve got to say, I read Before We Met way back when and I just wasn t overly impressed It felt very lukewarm to me and forgettable during all the Gone Girl hysteria I m really glad I gave this one a try because it was monumentally better Well done We find ourselves following Rowan at the beginning of this story she has just learned that her school [...]

  4. The ending saved this book for me My rating would have been lower, but the last 20% of the book was really solid and made me wish that it had read this way from the start The first chapter came out strong and I thought I was in for a pretty suspenseful read But shortly after that the book fell flat for me I think there was just too much backstory and too many characters introduced and I found my mind wandering I even fast forwarded through some of the chapters I had some trouble connecting with [...]

  5. Flashback to late 2013, when Lucie Whitehouse, an author whose first two books I had adored, published a third novel titled Before We Met Before We Met came out in the post Gone Girl scramble to find the next bestselling entry in a then new genre, the domestic thriller, and was a bit of a departure from her previous novels, both in terms of style it was very stripped down where her others were florid and the way it was presented and marketed I think enough time has passed that I can admit I didn [...]

  6. I d rate this 4.5 stars.Full disclosure I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Many thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for making it available Lucie Whitehouse knows how to write a thriller I really enjoyed her last book, Before We Met, and her newest book, Keep You Close, scheduled to be released in May, ratcheted up the excitement and surprises even .Rowan Winter gets a surprising call one day and learns that Marianne Glass, once her close [...]

  7. 3.5 Rowan was once part of the Glass family or as close as she could get without family blood Best friends with their daughter Marianne, though they hadn t seen nor been close to each other foremen years When she learns that Marianne has been found dead, after falling off her roof, Rowan doesn t believe it Marianne had always suffered from severe vertigo Although this didn t immediately draw me in, I was intrigued enough by the characters and the story to continue reading The last half of the bo [...]

  8. A solid psychological thriller My one issue is that Rowan, our main lead, is not actually telling the story We have a narrator in her head telling us what is happening This has some twists and turns that should keep you guessing while we try to find out what really happened to Marianne Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

  9. Easy read Just did not have the depth in characterizations that I expect in this genre IMHO, lots of detail and most copy of the middle was extraneous The surprise of the end I wish the underlying motives were as examed, perhaps with specific context for intrigue of the why instead of numerous red herrings with such an abrupt finish It just didn t engage me as a woman to woman friendship based in real congenial connection from the beginning of this story.

  10. Originally reviewed for Bookaholic ConfessionsWhen Marianne Glass falls to her death in what appears to be a tragic accident, one of her former closest friends can t help but think there is to her untimely death than would first appear For starters Marianne suffered from vertigo so there is no way that she would have been near the edge of a high roof top in the first place Although the two haven t been in touch for some years, Rowan won t rest until she finds out what really happened to her fri [...]

  11. Lucie Whitehouse has written an atmospheric and compelling thriller It is well plotted with a fast paced narrative that keeps you on tenterhooks with the twists and turns in the story At its heart is the nature of relationships and how they can change through the years The mystery of the death of Marianne Glass is seen through the prism of the past and how the network of people in the artist s life ended up in the present The author has a keen eye for detail and descriptions I particularly loved [...]

  12. This is one of those books that is slyly written and then comes together at the end You may even think it is too slow but trust me, the pay off is there Whitehouse is a smart writer and she can describe a piece of artwork where you feel like you are standing in front of it, absorbing emotions from the fictional artist Clues are dropped carefully like breadcrumbs and if you miss one, you lose your way Pay attention, take your time and enjoy this smart mystery thriller.Provided by TLC Book Tours a [...]

  13. This was going to be two stars, but she surprised me with the ending Well done, Whitehouse I should have had faith in you I ll hopefully write a review soon.

  14. Keep you Close another twisty psychological thriller from the pen of Lucie Whitehouse, whose previous novel Before We Met I absolutely loved When it came to Keep You Close I had a slightly love hate relationship with it, in that it had a totally superb opening and a banging ending but I felt it dipped a bit in the middle.It uses a past present construction which I always love, seeing things unfold behind the current events is always a great way to present a mystery as it allows for some beautifu [...]

  15. Rowan Winter and Marianne Glass were best friends since they first met as teenagers Rowan was so hurt when after several years, Marianne cuts Rowan out of her life This not only deprived Rowan of Marianne s love, but that of Marianne s family, as well.Ten years later, Rowan gets a phone call Marianne is dead They have deemed this an accident or a suicide But Rowan knows that Marianne had a fear of heights and a severe case of vertigo there is no way she ever would have even been that close to th [...]

  16. An artist beloved by family and friends jumps off her roof to her death People are stunned but none than her long lost best friend Rowan THey have not spoken for 10 years when she gets the call AND a note from the deceased arrives a day after her death I need to speak to you is all it says Great story and unbelievable ending

  17. Firstly my thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced e copy of this book, in return for an honest review.I thought long and hard about how to review this book without offending the author I will be totally honest and say I just didn t enjoy this book I tried my best to get on with it but it just didn t do anything for me If I was to say was there any good parts it wasn t until the last 20% it was slightly interesting Having read reviews online it appears I am in a minority as it has [...]

  18. This book is very readable and I did enjoy it to a certain extent This is largely due to the fact that the mystery kept me hooked throughout That said as the mystery unfolded it made me change how I saw the characters and made me like the book as a whole less I can t really say why in much depth without spoiling it.

  19. Keep You Close is a taught and twisting story of obsession, buried secrets and the burning desire to belong.I first encountered Lucie Whitehouse back in 2008 when I read her debut novel, The House at Midnight At the time, I was in the early days of my Ph.D which I wrote on what I would come to term campus clique crime novels , and eagerly reading anything involving sinister goings on between university friends I loved The House at Midnight, in which a tight knit group of friends gather at a secl [...]

  20. When Rowan Winter hears of the death of celebrated artist Marianne Glass she is saddened and very puzzled It appears that Marianne fell from the rooftop viewpoint of her house in Oxford and the police have come to the conclusion that the death was accidental and there is compelling evidence to support this theory But Rowan knows that it could never have happened that way Marianne loved her rooftop space it s true, she spent a lot of time there but would never venture near to the edge of it as sh [...]

  21. Reviewed on snazzybooks This is the first book I ve read by Lucie Whitehouse I have heard a lot about Before We Met but haven t yet had the chance to read it So, when I got the chance to review Keep You Close I jumped at it This is exactly the sort of novel psychological thrillers that are so in vogue right now, and I love but they tend to either be a bit samey and bland, or they re amazing Happily, I feel like this fell into the latter category The story isn t particularly fast moving instead W [...]

  22. This was one of those books that started out very promising but I ended up not liking as much as I thought Once I finished the book and thought it over I decided to that I do like the actual story line, I was just not a huge fan of how it was written out While the book was actually suspenseful it was hard to see while reading it because there was simply too much going on and by too much I mean back story, there seemed to be so much crammed in there that the suspends was gone by the time we got a [...]

  23. Thanks to the publisher for an Advanced Read CopyAs having not read any previous novels from Lucie Whitehouse, I began this book with a completely open mind I always love it when I read something by an author I don t know and it turns out to be really good Keep you close was a true thriller mystery novel I was entertained and off balance through the entire novel Lucie keeps her reader hooked and she is master of delaying a readers gratification She teases her reader, dropping little breadcrumbs [...]

  24. I had such a hard time getting into this book The novel starts off with esteemed artist Marianne Glass being surprised in her home studio So when you find out she has died from a fall you naturally suspect foul play When her estranged friend Rowan Winter expresses her doubts about Marianne s accident you wait with baited breath for her to solve the crime And you wait and you wait The funeral scene goes on for nearly fifty pages Albeit to introduce you to all the cast of characters and would be s [...]

  25. By Chapter 4 I had already looked up half a dozen words which meant that the story did not flow smoothly for me I would like to think that I have a varied vocabulary but at times it seemed that the author was using a thesaurus just for the sake of it.At least half of the book was regarding the backstory when all I wanted to do was get to the mystery of Marianne s death.I won this in a giveaway and was looking forward to reading it I m sure others will like it but it was not my cup of tea, sorry. [...]

  26. I loved this book The beautiful, lyrical writing, the careful development of each of the characters, as well as the intriguing plot, kept me up way too late reading Whitehouse manages to combine truly literary writing with solid plotting I can t wait to read of her work

  27. I have a confession to make It took me a long time to get into this book I know the reason why and I will explain my reasons a little later on Despite my initial reservations, by the end, I really enjoyed Keep You Close.Rowan Winter is devastated to discover her childhood best friend has committed suicide, by jumping from the roof of her four storey family home Talented artist, Marianne Glass, had everything to live for A blossoming career, a contented relationship with her art dealer boyfriend [...]

  28. The shock Rowan Winter felt when she received the phone call from Jacqueline Glass to say Marianne was dead brought her to her knees Marianne Glass had been her best friend until a falling out some years previously to be told she was dead meant she could never make amends to the person who had meant everything to her She was shattered When Rowan found out how Marianne had died, she immediately had suspicions that the accidental death verdict was incorrect Her decision to search for the truth to [...]

  29. Rowan hasn t talked to her former best friend Marianne for ten years When Marianne dies after falling off the roof of her house, Rowan gets back in touch with Marianne s family Was Marianne s death really an accident Keep You Close reminded me of being in a traffic jam When I started, the pace was good In fact, the prologue was gripping and I thought I d be in for quite a ride But then it just slowed down At 25% there was a brief stretch where I thought, here we go, we are moving forward But it [...]

  30. What it s all aboutMarianne and Rowan have been friends for a long time much so that Rowan spent much of her young life with Marianne and her family However the now famous artist Marianne and Rowen have not been in touch for over ten yearsmethingme secrethas kept them apart Rowan receives a phone call to tell her that Marianne has died Bute circumstances of Marianne s death and the note she sent to Rowan before her death appear to make this accidental death not so accidental Why I wanted to read [...]

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