Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland – Book Review

Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland – Book Review



Keep You Close is the hotly anticipated new thriller

from the 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, 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 realize 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.



Keep You Close is a political thriller with a mix of family drama…

Steph is an FBI Agent in Internal Affairs, she’s a single mum to Zach, her 17 year old son…She’s feeling more and more distanced from Zach as he’s moody and sullen, but this is just the teenage years……isn’t it?

One evening while he’s in the shower, Steph goes into his bedroom, just to pick up after him and finds a gun… shock, she plans to confront him about it, but there’s a knock on the door…..

Her ex and fellow agent tells her Zach is mixed up with an anarchist group, who are planning attacks……she doesn’t believe it, but that gun is still bothering her. Steph is determined and will use all her expertise to find out what is going on and to exonerate her son…….is he innocent ? Where will her loyalties lie….her son or her country?

This feels very topical, with the mention of Russia interfering with ‘elections’ and domestic terrorism…

A twisty, action packed espionage/conspiracy theory and political thriller with a classic feel…..cleverly plotted and totally gripping….

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review

You can buy a copy here



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.

For more information and review copies, please contact

Becky Short | 020 8231 6623


Praise for Karen Cleveland:


‘Cleveland deliciously ratchets up the tension at every turn . . . you won’t be able to put it down until the final, stunning page!’ – SHARI LAPENA, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR


‘Heart-poundingly suspenseful and heart-wrenchingly insightful.’ – J. P. DELANEY, author of THE GIRL BEFORE


‘This compulsive, clever thriller will have you reading long into the night.’ – Red

‘Thrillers don’t get much more twisty and turny than this one’ – BBC Arts and Entertainment


Impressively compelling . . . this is probably the banker among the New Year crop thanks to its sheer page-turning readability.’ – The Mail on Sunday


Keep You Close is the heart-pounding, twisty follow up to Need to Know, one of 2018’s biggest thriller debuts. Need to Know was purchased by Transworld in a whirlwind 24-hour auction, with rights sold in 22 territories and Charlize Theron set to produce and star in the upcoming film. The book received critical acclaim and was a Simon Mayo Book Club pick.


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