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Keep Your Friends Close | [Paula Daly]

Keep Your Friends Close

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 - her husband has fallen in love with Eve. He's sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over. With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself.
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Publisher's Summary

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 - her husband has fallen in love with Eve. He's sorry, he tells her, but their marriage is over. With no option but to put a brave face on things for the sake of the children, Natty embarks on building a new life for herself. And then she receives the note. Eve has done this before, more than once, and with fatal consequences...

©2014 Paula Daly (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Jill Besterman
    Jersey, Channel Islands United Kingdom
    8/8/14
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    "Collapse of a family"
    Any additional comments?

    The Wainwrights, on the surface, are an ideal family. Sean and Natty have been together since they were teenagers and after nearly 20 years have a successful business and two delightful daughters so what could go wrong? The answer is the arrival of Natty's old friend, Eve, I experienced rage on Natty's behalf, anger at her sometime stupid behaviour and disgust at the way that Sean handled the problems. Listening to this book was an emotional roller-coaster, right up to the final twist. Janine Birkett was an ideal narrator.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Bear
    AMMANFORD, United Kingdom
    9/20/14
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    "Consumed in One Sitting!!"

    Another Paula Daly audio book that I would gladly have paid more than one credit to listen to.

    As with the previous book, it is well written with a realistic storyline. What also made it an additive listen, is the narration - various characters - including males - were excellently portrayed.

    Well done!! I look forward to the next book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hayes
    United Kingdom
    8/21/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I think so. It's a good combination of analysing relationships, marriage and family combined with a psychological thriller set against an everyday family background . A very enjoyable read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The portrayal of the 'friend' and how her manipulative nature and past background unfolded.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The ending - but I wouldn't reveal this so as not to spoil for others


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - if I could have done, I would!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    Banstead, United Kingdom
    1/31/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good thriller."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. I like books set in ordinary settings in England. The descriptions of the Lake District were enticing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably the younger daughter who witnessed a horrible scene and saw through her father's new girlfriend.


    Have you listened to any of Janine Birkett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first. I wasn't keen on the accent but perhaps I have a prejudice against Lake District accents which I didn't know about. However, another Paula Daly book, narrated by a different person did not have the same effect on me. I felt that Janine Birkett's voice and accent sounded like an older person than the main character was meant to be.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, this story had me enthralled all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this so much I immediately downloaded another book by the author Paula Daly which was just as good. This was 'Just what kind of a mother are you?'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C. M. Martin
    London
    3/27/15
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    "keep your friends close"

    I did enjoy this book and the ending well that was a surprise to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    3/13/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Riveting? Yes. Enjoyable? Not sure..."
    Any additional comments?

    I've just finished listening and really don't know if I enjoyed it or not, but I do know I was hooked from soon after Natty started to speak.

    There's a curious opening section which made me wonder if I wanted to bother with the rest, but I'd hung on a bit longer and soon after found I was drawn in. Parts of the plot were implausible but the overall picture was well written, and the narration is excellent.

    None of the characters were particularly likeable, with 3 exceptions - Natty's widowed father, his carer Jackie and her niece, the female DC. Natty is the one we are meant to feel sorry for and to champion, but she really is her own worst enemy. I think the strongest character, and the one you do want to cheer on, is the 14 year old Felicity.

    Something quite different for me. Based in this, I probably will listen to Paula Daly's other titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    WEST BYFLEET, United Kingdom
    3/11/15
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    "Well worth listening too"

    I was surprised how good this was, the story was excellent, and the narrator superb.
    bringing the story and characters to life. Well recommended and very enjoyable, and the book will stay with you. I listened over 2 days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russell-the-Rhymer
    UK Yorkshire
    2/25/15
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    "Tense realism..."

    You often hear life glibly described as "a roller-coaster of highs and lows" but we seem to need to dismiss the thrilling, scary intensity of the lows! This story, and the superb narrator, examines the pleasure to be had in savouring the moments in life when we can be the hapless observer of time and tides unfolding, and our lives ebbing and flowing with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    2/22/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "far fetched"

    This was ok, far fetched, but I can't quite believe the story line. But I listened to the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nola
    2/20/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Easy listening"

    Easy enough to listen to but a bit predictable in parts. Narrator was good and kept the book engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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