KEEP YOU CLOSE is one of those
stories that will make you really think about what you would do in
certain situations. This is my first time reading anything written by
Karen Cleveland and I truly enjoyed the experience. Imagine an FBI
agent that is responsible for upholding the law suddenly finds herself in
the position of discovering evidence that shows her teenage son
involved in some criminal activity. This story is about deception,
betrayal, conspiracy, and family drama. Karen Cleveland will keep you
on your toes trying to guess what is really going on.
Stephanie Maddox has worked hard and sacrificed a lot to finally get
her dream job with the FBI. One of those sacrifices is the personal
relationship between her and her son Zachary, who is now a teenager.
Being a single parent while working a demanding job causes Stephanie
to miss out on special events with Zachary. Stephanie has kept an
explosive secret from her past from Zachary and her mother because
she was trying to protect Zachary. But keeping that secret comes with
some devastating consequences that lead to Stephanie realizing that
Zachary is also keeping secrets.
When Stephanie finds evidence in Zachary's room that points to him
being involved in some criminal activity she will do whatever it takes to
clear him. When Stephanie starts trying to prove Zachary's innocence
there will be a can of worms opened up that has ties to terroristic
threats that will lead to murder and mayhem. During this rollercoaster
ride Stephanie will learn things about herself, her relationship with her
mother as well as her relationship with her son.
At the conclusion of this novel, Stephanie will learn some unknown
truths. What will she do with this new information? KEEP YOU CLOSE is a compelling story about the
binding love between a mother and her son and how far she will go to
A woman must confront her sense of right and wrong when
the one person she loves most is accused of an unimaginable
crime. From the New York Times bestselling author of
Need to Know. . . .
A strange sensation runs through me, a feeling that I
don’t know this person in front of me, even though he
matters more to me than anyone ever has.
Stephanie Maddox works her dream job policing power and
exposing corruption within the FBI. Getting here has taken
her nearly two decades of hard work, laser-focus, and
personal sacrifices—the most important, she fears, being a
close relationship with her teenage son, Zachary. A single
parent, Steph’s missed a lot of school events, birthdays,
and vacations with her boy—but the truth is, she would move
heaven and earth for him, including protecting him from an
explosive secret in her past. It just never occurred to her
that Zachary would keep secrets of his own.
One day while straightening her son’s room, Steph is shaken
to discover a gun hidden in his closet. A loaded gun.
Then comes a knock at her front door—a colleague on the
domestic terrorism squad, who utters three devastating
words: “It’s about Zachary.”
So begins a compulsively readable thriller of
deception and betrayal, as Stephanie fights to clear her
son’s name, only to expose a shadowy conspiracy that
threatens to destroy them both—and bring a country to its
knees. Packed with shocking twists and intense family drama,
Keep You Close is an electrifying exploration of the
shattering consequences of the love that binds—and sometimes
blinds—a mother and her child.