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 . . .
Title: Keep You Close
Author: Lucie Whitehouse
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Published: May 3, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
Thanks to its strong ending I can say that I finally enjoyed Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse. I should include a disclaimer that this is my first Lucie Whitehouse read, and I have heard great reviews for others of her, especially Before We Met.
As the book began, I felt that Chapters 1 and 2 were taking me on a good start to a really great read. Then, it seemed the next two-thirds of the book dropped off to nothingness simply because of what seemed to me to be too much back story. Not only that too many characters were introduced too quickly for me to keep up with who said what and who was doing what.
The pace and detail of the last third of the book made me sorry the first part of the book hadn’t been written in the same style and vein. It would have been a better read from beginning to end.
I intend to give Ms. Whitehouse another go by reading her other books. She is an excellent writer. It just seems too much was poured into the first parts of this book much too quickly.
This is not to say some other readers would find this a very enjoyable book. As they say, to each his/her own!
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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