Stay Close Is The New Netflix Thriller By The Creator Of The Stranger


Stay Close Is The New Netflix Thriller By The Creator Of The Stranger

A new eight-part thriller series from the team behind The Stranger has been announced by Netflix.

Stay Close will feature James Nesbitt, Cush Jumbo and Richard Armitage, and will follow the dark stories of the three main characters.

It's based on Harlan Coben's best-selling novel of the same name, which takes a long cold look at the idea of how well you can ever really know anyone else.


As per Netflix's description, the story shows three people who are living steady, comfortable lives but who each have secrets that even their closest family and friends don't suspect.

Megan (played by Jumbo) is a mother of three and Ray (played by Armitage) was once a documentary photographer who is stuck in a job he hates, while James Nesbitt's character Broome is a detective who can't let go of a cold case he once worked on.

Armitage said: "I can't wait to return to Manchester to work with Nicola, Danny, Harlan and the team again. I love Harlan's style and this plot and character will be brilliantly challenging.

"At a time when we have remained apart, Stay Close promises to break all the rules."


Coben added: "I am so happy and excited to Stay Close (pun intended) with Danny Brocklehurst, Nicola Shindler and Richard Fee - the same team that made The Stranger, Safe and The Five.

"And talk about a dream-come-true cast - Cush Jumbo, an incendiary and awesome talent; Jimmy Nesbitt, a legendary actor I always wanted to collaborate with; and wow, Richard Armitage back again!"

The Stranger. Credit: Netflix
The Stranger. Credit: Netflix

Coben - who is the writer behind The Stranger and Safe - actually has a five-year deal with the streaming service, where he can turn 14 of his titles into film and TV dramas.


In June, The Woods dropped on the streaming site.

Based on his novel of the same name, it tells the tale of four teenagers who got lost in the woods decades earlier.

According to Deadline, the six-part series - which is being financially supported by the Polish Film Institute - is set across two periods of time: 1994 and 2019.

The book's synopsis says: "Paul Copeland's sister went missing 20 years ago. Now raising a daughter alone, Cope balances family life with a career as a prosecutor.


"But when a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the past are threatening everything.

"Is this body one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive...?

"Confronting his past, Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to light."

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Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

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