Stay Close: Limited Series
January 11, 2022 9:08 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Stay Close is a British mystery drama miniseries based on the 2012 Harlan Coben novel of the same title, streaming on Netflix. The eight-episode series was released on 31 December 2021

Megan Pierce is a suburban mum in the Blackpool suburb of Livingston hiding a murky past. She has found her soulmate in Dave and they have three children, all living the dream.

Ray Levine was once a talented documentary photographer. Losing the woman he loved changed him. Now he is in a dead-end job, playing a paparazzo-for-hire, pandering to rich kid pseudo-celebrities.

Michael Broome is a detective still haunted by a cold case from seventeen years ago. A local husband and father, Stewart Green, disappeared without any trace. His wife still waits for Stewart to return.

When another man goes missing on the anniversary of Stewart’s disappearance, Broome takes the case in the hope of exorcising his demons.

Three people whose lives are about to be splintered, as Broome’s investigations open old wounds, stir up past memories and threaten to expose the truth for everyone to see.

Weaving their way through the spaces of what binds these three lives together are a couple of colourful psychopaths, intent on completing their own agenda.
posted by jazon (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Oh yeah, what is with those singing and dancing assassins?

I'm halfway through and enjoying this. Cush Jumbo is wonderful. The plot is quite busy though, and I lose track if I skip a day.
posted by BibiRose at 6:53 AM on January 13, 2022

I’m glad you wrote this summary because it’s impossible to tell what’s going on in this show.
posted by dianeF at 5:56 PM on January 13, 2022 [2 favorites]

The singing dancing assassins make the whole thing very hard to take seriously or even keep watching.
posted by knapah at 2:30 PM on January 16, 2022 [2 favorites]

This is the sort of crime drama you get when you order a crime drama off Wish. Everyone acted like an idiot through the whole thing. It might have been better if the episodes were half as long.
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:36 PM on January 16, 2022 [2 favorites]

And they seem to spin some kind of randomising wheel at the start or end of each episode to figure out what weird new twist they should introduce.

How closely does it follow the book?
posted by knapah at 3:12 PM on January 17, 2022 [1 favorite]

There are a bunch of these Harlan Coben series on Netflix (Safe, The Stranger, The Woods) and I think they might be largely written by an AI. Megan/Cassie had to abandon her life and create a new identity because... she broke up with a guy? Absolutely wild to cast Ryan and Sharpay Evans as assassins.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:26 AM on January 19, 2022 [3 favorites]

She created a whole new identity but stayed within a 5 mile radius..
posted by dianeF at 10:02 PM on January 19, 2022 [3 favorites]

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