Before I even start this review, can we just talk about the cover?? Um….
It might be a good idea to judge Paula Daly’s “Keep Your Friends Close” by its cover. Seriously, it goes to crazy town. And not the good crazy town of “Gone Girl,” but more like the half-baked realm of Lifetime. Honestly, this actually would have probably made for a better Lifetime movie than novel (though, I guarantee they already have a film with this exact plot).
Hard-working mother who is focused on success career loses track of her marriage, husband is seduced by her shady “best friend,” life falls to pieces, blah blah. How will she fight back to expose the truth and get her life back? You know the story, and you can probably figure out how it is going to play out. Though the plot may have been a little far-fetched, if Daly had focused on building out realistic characters and created any sense of urgency, the book would have been OK. Instead, what you get is soggy and so predictable that it’s really not much fun to read.
A few spoiler-related thoughts that you are going to have to highlight to read below:
– Who doesn’t know their best friend is crazy? Really? If you have no idea that your best friend has lied about her family, past and all kinds of very basic things, that really makes you a bad friend.
– I don’t know why Natty fights to keep Sean. He’s really such a loser that she should be counting her blessings that her psychopath friend wants to take him off her hands.
Launched in the UK before it hits US shelves, I’m curious to see what reviewers across the pond have to say. Available from pre-order from Amazon.com and on shelves in September 2014.
xo The Book Bird
Disclaimer: An advance copy of this book was provided to me for the purpose of review via the Publisher.