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With every hour that passed yesterday, she’d become more and more certain that Marianne’ s death was connected to what she’d done. Many people had loved her – Jacqueline and Adam; James Greenwood; Turk; new friends, no doubt, among the throngs at the crematorium and the house – and yet finally, after all these years, Rowan was the only one to whom Mazz had reached out. It was her help she needed because she, Rowan, was the only person who knew. Or had been.

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Keep You Close Hardcover– May 3, 2016 by Lucie Whitehouse

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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 …




Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. This is one of those books that is slyly written and then comes together at the end. You may even think it is too slow but trust me, the pay off is there. Whitehouse is a smart writer and she can describe a piece of artwork where you feel like you are standing in front of it, absorbing emotions from the fictional artist. Clues are dropped carefully like breadcrumbs and if you miss one, you lose your way. Pay attention, take your time and enjoy this smart mystery/thriller.


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Editorial Reviews


“A wickedly addictive psychological thriller with enough twists and turns to keep genre enthusiasts captivated and reading well past their bedtime.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Nail-biting . . . An emotionally satisfying read that builds to a thrilling climax.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A first-rate psychological thriller about the decisions we make that forever define us.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“An absorbing, twisty psychological thriller that plays with the line between love and obsession.” ―Booklist
“Whitehouse’s carefully constructed tinder ignites spectacularly. Whitehouse is a super storyteller, whose sleight of hand and sly misdirections have you leaping to all the wrong conclusions from the outset. We do not know who can be trusted, least of all the increasingly volatile Rowan. The twist, and it would appear that no psych thriller is now complete without one, is right up there.” ―The Independent

“I devoured Keep You Close. Very clever, very gripping … I loved it.” ―Susie Steiner, author of MISSING, PRESUMED

“Lucie Whitehouse’s new novel, Keep You Close, kept me up all night long. I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the final, shattering pages. Skillfully constructed and beautifully realized, Keep You Close is the next must-read for fans of The Girl on the Train.” ―Amanda Eyre Ward, author of HOW TO BE LOST and THE SAME SKY

About the Author

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.
Twitter: @LWhitehouse5

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