Book Review: Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland

I was in the mood for a thriller so I picked up an ARC that I had been sent to review by Penguin Random House Canada: Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Thriller


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 mother, the most important thing in her life is her teenage son Zachary, who’s anxiously awaiting college acceptance letters. So when she discovers a gun concealed in Zach’s room, her world reels. And then an FBI agent on the domestic terrorism squad shows up at her door and utters three devastating words: “It’s about Zachary. . . .”

Has she been wrong about her near-perfect son? Is Zach embroiled in something criminal–something deadly? And, if so, what is her greater duty: To protect him? Or to protect her country?

My thoughts:

This novel kept my mind racing and my fingers itching to turn the pages! The story switches between the past and the present but in a way that keeps the reader engaged. Each sliver of the past leads to a better understanding of the present. Stephanie Maddox is faced with the knowledge that mother’s are often faced with – that you would do anything to protect your child. In her case, though, she has also sworn to protect her country.

There are moments during the novel when I felt that everything would be okay, and that Stephanie would make a certain choice. And yet, life is not always so clear-cut. Often we are faced with decisions that we think we would never need to make. Cleveland adroitly leads her protagonist to the moment when she has to make the choice between her son and her country. To know the choice, you will have to read the novel. There were some unexpected moments in the story which led me to second guess the progression of events – but these moments made the tale more enjoyable because they surprised me.

The novel ended with a twist – which I loved. Keep You Close is a fast-paced story that will keep you hanging onto every page. I highly recommend it for those readers who enjoy a good mystery.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 35th in my book pledge for 2019)

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