When I reviewed Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly – you’ll find my review here – I’ll admit I might have gushed a little. But I absolutely loved it, well up there with the very best psychological thrillers I’ve read, and I’m delighted to be part of Paula’s blog tour to tell everyone that it’s now available in paperback, published by Corgi on 13th March. Don’t miss this one, whatever you do.
So how excited was I when Alison Barrow at Transworld sent me a copy of Paula Daly’s new hardback, Keep Your Friends Close – released in hardback and for Kindle on 13th March by Bantam Press/Transworld Digital – to read and review. I could hardly contain myself, and I’m delighted to report that there’s nothing of the “difficult second novel” about this one. If there had been, I wouldn’t have found myself feverishly turning the pages, desperately wanting to find out what happens but also not wanting it to end. I didn’t expect to be saying this, but – after due consideration – I honestly think this second is even better than her first.
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.
The supporting cast is superbly drawn. The daughters are real living teenagers, Sean’s mother the difficult mother-in-law with high expectations that many struggle with, Sean the weaker man who is a ready target. I also loved Natty’s father – and I’m delighted that DC Joanne Aspinall is back again, and her aunt Mad Jackie has a more prominent role.
This book is a wonderful thriller, full of twists and turns, so it would be wrong to say any more about it beyond the synopsis and maybe spoil it for new readers. But if you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful author, and like your books totally engrossing and unputdownable, I’d really urge you to discover her now. I loved this book, and can hardly wait to see what she comes up with next.
Paula Daly was born in Lancashire. Before beginning her first novel Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? she was a freelance physiotherapist and lived for a short while in France. She now lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children and whippet Skippy.