The New Year’s Eve indeed brought with it hope for an exceptional year. Netflix released Stay Close, a new British miniseries on 31st December 2021. The series is based on a 2012 novel of the same name, written by the very famous Harlan Coben. If you are done with all the feel-good movies from the holiday season; and desire to watch something serious and thrilling, then this show is for you.
The Netflix Original is one of the fourteen Harlan Coben novels which Netflix plans to adapt. We got to see The Stranger last year, which was also based on the 2015 bestseller by Coben. The question remains, whether you should have Stay Close from Netflix on your binge lists or not? And we definitely have an answer for you.
Stay Close on Netflix Reviews
Lucy Mangan wrote for The Guardian, “Stay Close promises more of almost exactly the same – including Richard Armitage, who is now seedy photographer Ray and, by the end of the opening episode, about to become firmly tied into the main plot. This centres on Megan (Cush Jumbo); whose idyllic life, loving family and perfect kitchen are evidence that she is the keeper of a Secret Past that will soon rear its ugly head and threaten everything she holds dear.”
IndieWire, on the other hand, had a kind of mixed review for the series. The review read, “It’s the kind of series made for binging, leaping from one cliffhanger to the next like a trapeze artist without the agility and lyricism. And while it’s atmospheric, it simply isn’t compelling enough to become addictive. But fans of previous Harlan Coben Netflix collaborations should ease comfortably into this one.”
“Stay Close is a fast-paced eight episodes that point towards the unravelling of characters with hidden pasts. If you love Harlan Coben thrillers, which are always about the uncovering of past crimes and secrets, you’ll enjoy this new adaptation that also boasts the unusual inclusion of a creepy pair of dancing killers,” said Sheena Scott in a review on Forbes.
Another series review from Ready Steady Cut commends the cast; saying, “It is a solid cast, though, even if the fluctuating tone makes it difficult to take James Nesbitt’s apparently quite promiscuous detective all that seriously. But a frantic Cush Jumbo is a sturdy emotional anchor, and Armitage is doing good work as a down-on-his-luck photographer with hidden layers. It’s obvious that everyone is connected, and that they’re connected at least in part by an eerie stretch of woodland that we keep visiting both in flashbacks and the present day.”
Stay Close Synopsis
Netflix’s Stay Close is a thriller that you will definitely enjoy binging as you enter the year 2022. The official synopsis of the series reads, “With trademark thrills, gripping suspense and secrets of past crimes beginning to unravel, Stay Close questions how much you really know someone. Four people each conceal dark secrets from those closest to them; Megan (Jumbo) a working mother of three, Ray (Armitage), a once-promising documentary photographer. Broome (Nesbitt) a detective unable to let go of a missing person’s cold case; and Lorraine (Parish), an old friend of Megan’s. As the past comes back to haunt them, threatening to ruin their lives and the lives of those around them, what will be their next move?”
Stay Close Cast
The series features Richard Armitage as a documentary photographer, Ray. The exquisite Cush Jumbo plays the role of Megan, a mother of three children who is also a working woman. Of course, Harlan Coben’s creations feature a detective; James Nesbitt plays the role of Broome, a once detective who currently lives a very stale life.
Other cast members from the series include; Sarah Parish as Lorraine, Youssef Kerkour as Fester, Jo Joyner as Erin Cartwright, Bethany Antonia as Kayleigh Shaw, and Daniel Francis as Dave Shaw.
So let us know if you liked this new mini-series on Netflix or not.
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