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Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland
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Keep You Close

by Karen Cleveland

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"She knows her teenage son isn't perfect. But when the FBI starts investigating the kid she thought she knew, will she jeopardize her own career at the Bureau to keep her child safe? From the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know. 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 betray him?"--… (more)

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Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an ARC of Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland in exchange for an honest review.
This book was an exciting thrill ride! I read it in one sitting. It was completely engrossing from the prologue to the last page.
Steph Maddox was a Senate aide when her boss did something despicable. His power prevented her from confronting him, but she made it her life's mission to protect victims. Now, an agent for the FBI as a supervisor in the Internal Affairs division, she is torn when a friend tells her that Zachary, Steph's son, is a suspect in a radical group. Steph knows this can't be possible. She is sure she knows her son.
As Steph tries to clear Zachary's name, she gets deeper and deeper into a complex web of conspiracy and realizes that she is up against a force bigger than she expected. The Russians have a deep grip on the intelligence agencies of the US. Nothing Steph does helps, but instead endangers her family and her loved ones.
No one is immune to the danger.
This novel was a breakneck speed of a thriller. I loved it!!
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  rmarcin | Sep 9, 2019 |
This novel is a complete guilty pleasure. It has all the elements of a riveting crime drama, murder, treason, a top secret government conspiracy. Stephanie Maddox is a FBI agent in the internal affairs division. Keeping FBI employees in line is her job. Life has never been simple for Stephanie, but she tries to make the best of things while holding life together for her 17 year old son who is about to graduate high school. Life starts to unravel for her quickly after a colleague brings evidence to her that suggests her son may be involved in a plot to eliminate high level government workers. Unable to accept this as truth, Stephanie throws herself behind exonerating her son. The path she is led down forces her to make painful choices between protecting her family and doing the job she was trusted to do. This story is a twisty tale that kept me guessing till the end. I do wonder if the author took inspiration from the real life political climate, as there are many echoes of real life in these pages. A lot of fun to read, strongly recommend. Novel supplied by Netgalley. ( )
  hana321 | Sep 4, 2019 |
FBI Chief of Internal Affairs and single mother, Stephanie Maddox discovers a gun in her son’s room. Then she discovers he is being investigated for possible ties to domestic terrorism. There is a reason Stephanie joined the FBI, but will protecting her son lead her to forsake those reasons?

Distressingly close to possible scenarios in today’s government, this is a well written engrossing novel and a fast read. I get a little uncomfortable when smart women do stupid things even if protecting their own, but what mother wouldn’t? ( )
  vkmarco | Jul 28, 2019 |
The main character Stephanie Maddox is an FBI agent who finds herself and her son involved in an international plot to take over parts of our government by Russia. While there were some interesting sections, I found myself putting this book down often. A lot of the action was forced, which should not be so given to the topic. I was underwhelmed to say the least. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Jun 24, 2019 |
Stephanie Maddox is the head of the FBI’s Internal Investigations division and works a lot of hours. This has an effect on her relationship with her teenage son, Zachary. She accidentally finds a gun hidden in his closet and she wonders what he is doing. Then a fellow FBI agent comes to warn her that he may be part of a domestic terrorism cell. How fare will she go to protect her son and find out the truth? Does it have something to do with her past or does her son really hater his country? This thriller is fast paced, with twists and turns and a lot of guessing on my part. I enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down! ( )
  grumpydan | Jun 24, 2019 |
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