Keep You Close

Karen Cleveland. Ballantine, $27 (352p) ISBN 978-1-5247-9705-8
Early in this propulsive novel from bestseller Cleveland (Need to Know), 37-year-old single mother Stephanie Maddox finds a loaded handgun in the closet of her 17-year-old son, Zachary. Stephanie, who heads the FBI’s Internal Investigations Section, knows she should alert the Washington, D.C., police, but when she confronts Zach, he professes ignorance. Stephanie assumes that one of Zach’s friends stashed the gun without his knowledge, but then a fellow FBI agent warns her that the domestic terrorism squad suspects Zach is involved with an extremist group called the Freedom Solidarity Movement. Zach denies the charge, prompting Stephanie to investigate. Either Zach isn’t who she thought, or someone from Stephanie’s past is working to frame him. Equal parts conspiracy thriller and paranoia tale, Cleveland’s latest exploits the distance between parents and teenagers while exploring the lines a patriot will cross to protect kin. Elements of the twisty plot strain credulity, but clearly established, ever-increasing stakes create an adrenaline-fueled narrative that will leave readers wanting more. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Company. (May)
Reviewed on : 02/28/2019
Release date: 05/28/2019
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-385-69093-5
Compact Disc - 978-0-525-53063-3
Compact Disc - 978-0-525-53065-7
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-1-984889-17-1
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