Keep You Close
Stephanie Maddox makes tough decisions every day. She has her hands full heading the FBI's Internal Investigations division, policing wrongdoers within the Bureau. But, as a single m ...more
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A Fast Moving Mystery / Suspense!
FBI Agent Steph Maddox hears a knock at the door. Another agent appears. He accuses her son Zachary of being a part a domestic terrorist group. Her first reaction is that he is being framed. Of course, everyone always say that, she would know - after all, she works in Internal Affairs.
Forget the fact that moments earlier, Steph found a loaded gun hidden in Zachary’s closet in a nondescript paper bag. Even though they pass like ships in t ...more
Karen Cleveland's 2018 debut, Need To Know was one of my top reads last year and I was eager to read her second book.
The fast pace/action and suspense are back, but I felt the story lacked the character development and intrigue and overall "cleverness" that was created in her debut.
FBI Agent Stephanie Maddox is at the heart of the story as she tries to unravel a domestic anarchist groups involvement in a web of lies that could hurt her son, Zachary. She struggles to search for the trut ...more
Karen Cleveland likes to tackle ethical dilemmas and how much you really know about the ones you love. Stephanie Maddox is the FBI agent in charge of Internal Investigations, so needless to say she has a strong sense of right and wrong. Which makes it even worse when she discovers a loaded gun in her teenage son’s room. I mean, anyone who’s raised teenagers knows they grow distant and moody, they stop communicating. But a gun? That’s way outside the norm.
We’re quickly given glimpses of Stephani ...more
FBI agent, Stephanie Maddox, is a single mother of Zachary, her teenage son. One day, while cleaning her son's room, she finds a loaded gun. Another agent show up and Zachary is soon being accused of being associated with a terrorist group. A terrorist group that is planning mass attacks.
Does Stephanie really know her son? Is she being blinded by being his mother? She now has to decide whether she ...more
We’re quickly given glimpses of Stephani ...more
Steph's determination to protect her son at all costs takes her deep into a conspiracy much more nefarious than she ever could have imagined, making her ultimately choose between her duty to her country or her duty to her son.
It's a fine premise, but it doesn't break any new ground and the writing leaves a lot to be desired. Thrillers ar ...more
How far will you go to protect your son is the question our heroine, FBI agent Step ...more
Agent Stephanie Maddox has always put her career at the FBI first and she's now head of Internal Affair ...more
I must say as far as a thriller, it got me didn't see this one coming. So that's a plus. The characters though were a bit one dimensional, and was a bit hard to believe in some of the twists.
All in all, a decent read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Ballantine Books
KEEP YOU CLOSE has an intriguing story arc but it fell flat, in large part because the characters are flat. One dimensional characters and their stilted dialogue become dull. Incessant and redundant internal dialogue of the narrator n ...more
Once again, Cleveland's protagonist is a cool female employed in the intelligence/law enforcement community and faced by villains in high places and dilemmas with life-changing consequences.
The plot is exciting and I was hooked from page 1 and didn't lose interest throughout the story. Cleve ...more
When Steph uncovers a loaded gun in Zach's room it sets off a firestorm of questions and accusations.
Is he a terrorist? Is he part of an underground gang? Are drugs involved?
Who is Zach really under it all?
Now those ideas swirl upon her as there's a knock at the door and her heart sinks to learn it's all about Zach....
Terror is this novel's middle name.
Thank you to Karen, the ...more
These are just a few of the moral dilemmas that Stephanie Maddox, veteran FBI agent and single mother of 17-year-old Zachary, is forced to face in Karen Cleveland’s sophomore thriller, Keep You Close.
The twist and turns abound in this novel, always something new and threatening around every corner. And at every turn, you ar ...more
It's an interesting premise that starts off strong with short chapters and a good pace. There's a lot going on with some good twists but unfortunately, it soon has a muddled feel with chopp ...more
Zachary is a great high school student and has excelled in all areas at school. He’s in the Computer Programming Club, an Honor Society Member, part of the student government, and works a part-time job writ ...more
Once again, we have a strong female protagonist, this time a single parent named Steph whose long days (and nights) on the job as an FBI agent have made her focus more on her work than on her so ...more
What it's all about...
Why is there a gun in her son’s closet? Finding this gun and other incriminating things on the internet causes Special Agent Stephanie Maddox to question her teenage son Zachary about the choices he has been recently making. However he swears he is innocent! The lies begin!
My thoughts after reading this book...
Unfortunately Agent Maddox works a lot. She has sacrificed time with her son in order to establish her career. However she has a reaso ...more
Short Take: Ripped from the headlines! But in a not-fun way.
(*Note: I received an advance copy of this book for review.*)
This is where I usually put a witty intro, where I find some clever way to tie some aspect of my life to the book I’m reviewing, but I recently made the fateful decision to finally join the rest of the population of Earth and start watching Game of Thrones. Therefore, my time is limited at the moment. So let’s all just pretend that I wrote som ...more
A battle betwee ...more