Today I’m delighted to take part in the blog tour for Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland.
Keep You Close is the heart-pounding, twisty follow up to Need to Know, one of 2018’s biggest thriller debuts.
‘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, than anyone ever will. ‘
You go into your son’s bedroom. It’s the usual mess. You tidy up some dirty plates,
pick up some clothes, open the wardrobe to put them away.
And that’s when you find it. Something so shocking it doesn’t seem real.
And you realise a horrifying truth…
Your own son might be dangerous…
Karen Cleveland brings her trademark themes of domesticity and deceit to bear in this gripping new stand-alone thriller that will make you question how much you really know about the child you raised.
Goodness, this was super thriller with lots of twists and turns along the way. Steph is an FBI agent woking Internal Affairs, picking up enemies along the way but driven by her pursuit to protect the innocent from the bad. But what happens when the bad guy appears a little too close to home? Suddenly she is filled with fear in the one place she should feel the safest, with the one person she knows the best… or she thinks she knows the best. As her life begins to unravel Steph is forced to face the reality that her son might juts be a stranger to her and that the past always has a way of catching up with you.
This is a taught, highly charged thriller and one I thoroughly enjoyed. As a mother I really felt for Steph. We worry that our children will slip away from us but she faces a parents worst nightmare and some. Karen carries the tension right the way through and has you wondering just what else Steph has to lose before this thing is finally over. I have to say that after much consideration of ‘what would I do?’, I have to say I probably would have done exactly as Steph did in the end. And I’m kind of hoping there might be more to come with this story…
A perfect summer read, it will keep you reading late into the night.
Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.
Keep You Close is published by Bantam Press (a division of Penguin Books) on June 27th 2019 and is available in both print and eBook, and also on Audible.
About the author
Karen Cleveland spent eight years as a CIA analyst, focusing on counterterrorism and working briefly on rotation to the FBI. She has master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Harvard University. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two young sons.