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Blog Tour – ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ by Paula Daly + Competition


Last year I reviewed Paula Daly’s debut novel, ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’  You can read what I thought about it here:-


Since then I have been waiting patiently for Paula’s next book to come out and was thrilled when I found out it was being released soon.  As part of this blog tour I was asked to review ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.


‘Keep Your Friends Close’ was published by Bantam Press on the 13th March 2014.  I was sent an advance reading copy from Alison Barrow at Transworld Publishers.

Natty and Sean Wainwright have a good marriage, two lovely teenage daughters and a successful business running a hotel in Windermere.  Everyday life might be that little bit mundane at times but in general things are okay.

Felicity, the youngest of the two daughters has gone on a school trip to France.  Natty’s oldest friend, Eve who has been living in America for the past few years decides to come and visit.  Whilst they are sitting together catching up on things Natty receives a telephone call.  Felicity has been taken seriously ill and is in hospital.  Natty travels to France alone safe in the knowledge that Eve is there to help Sean out.

When Natty returns home with Felicity two weeks later she doesn’t expect the welcome back she receives.  Sean informs her that he has fallen in love with Eve and that their marriage is over.  Natty is naturally left feeling devastated and angry but she knows she has to put on a brave face for the children.

This novel asks a very important question: What would you do if your best friend stole your life?  I don’t think it’s one many of us would be able to answer somehow.  It’s just unthinkable!

From start to finish I found ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ very hard to put down.  It was just so gripping.  There were lots of twists and turns, plus some real shockers.  Paula Daly has proved once again that she can write a great psychological thriller.  She really does have a knack of getting right into her characters minds.

Beautifully written with lovely descriptions of the Lake District, for me ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ is another winner.

I give this book 5 out of 5.


I am giving away 2 copies of ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.  To enter leave a comment telling me why you want to win this book.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 6th April 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to the publisher who will send out the prizes.

Good luck! 🙂


Visit www.claremackintosh.com tomorrow for the next part of this blog tour.


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12 thoughts on “Blog Tour – ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ by Paula Daly + Competition

  1. I loved JWKOMAY and can’t wait to read this one. A great giveaway, thank you.


  2. My reason for wanting to win is quite simple – because you’ve given it 5 out of 5. I’ve loved every book I’ve read on your recommendation and I’m sure I’d love this one too.


  3. Sandra Clarke on said:

    I love a gripping book and as I’ve just retired I have plenty of time to read now.


  4. Ooh yes can I enter the competition please! I really enjoyed ‘Just What Kind Of Mother Are You?’ – especially the MC’s voice, the Lake District setting, and the fact that it was hooky but not too dark – so would love to read this too.


  5. I would love a copy of this book because you gave it a brilliant rating and the betrayal by a friend is a subject that rarely features in a book. I like books where I can imagine how I’d feel. Paula Daly sounds like a great writer!


  6. I’ve not heard of this author before. I looked up your last review to her first story and liked the sound of that one more than this one so it now resides in my wishlist.
    Thankyou. Both sound good, though, but I only put one at a time per author into my wishlist !


  7. Love a good story about betrayal! having grown up near the Lake District, I’d be interested to see how she pulls off her descriptions


  8. Jane Wells on said:

    Love psychological thrillers. Wouldn’t be able to put it down .


  9. Sarah Skinner on said:

    I would love to win this as I really haven’t had anytime to read in a long time. By the time I get a moment in the evening, I am shattered! I think this sounds like its one to keep me gripped and awake 🙂


  10. Wordsfromsarah on said:

    I have just rekindled my love of reading and this sounds fab! Great review, thanks for the chance xx


  11. Thank you to everyone who entered this competition. I have now picked the winners randomly and have notified them of their win so check your inboxes.

    Sonya 🙂 x


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