Book Review – Keep You Close by Karen Cleveland #BookReview #BookBlogger #thriller // Shalini’s Book s & Reviews



This book was the perfect thrill-a-minute. Having read another book by author Karen Cleveland, I was quite eager to get into this one. And the thriller did not disappoint.

Steph, an FBI agent, found something dangerous in her son’s wardrobe and that started the cycle of her investigation moving back and forth between her past suspects and present. This was an action packed story which did not allow me to breathe deeply or take a minute’s rest from the beginning to the end.

Steph as the main character was the lone ranger, and her intelligence was faster than most till she found herself surrounded by a group with higher-ups who wouldn’t allow her to escape till they owned her completely. The entire story moved on Steph wanting to help her son and keep him close to her.

Karen’s writing moves liked the pieces of chess, each was well detailed and ruthless. The villains knew how to ensnare their prey which made this an exciting read. I didn’t like the main character, she snapped at her family and pushed them even when she needed them, didn’t feel she was a good mother, but a brilliant agent.

Fast pace and the moves if the villain made this a fantastic read for me. Will Steph ever be able to protect her son and keep him close?

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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.


Publication Date: 16th June 2019

Publisher: Transworld






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Book Blitz ~ Resilient ~ by Toni Cox @ToniCoxAuthor @Shalini_G26 // BookZone

My thanks to Shalini for the invitation to participate again.

This Book will be $0.99 till 11th June and then will go back to regular price of $1.99

Abandoned City and baked earth

What would you do if you were the last person on Earth?
The outbreak of the S1 Virus in China is breaking news all over the globe – it is killing apes by the hundreds.
Erika, who has a pretty good life in Johannesburg, South Africa, is little concerned with wildlife disasters so far away.
But when Erika falls ill and is bedridden for a couple of days, the world is not as she left it.
An empty city greets her the day she sets foot outside her door. Abandoned cars, a creepy silence, and hollow-eyed corpses is all she finds.
Alone, frightened, and heartbroken, she must now find a way to survive this apocalyptic world she has woken up to. Does she have the will, the strength, and the ingenuity to survive?
Against all odds she has one thing going for her – she’s resilient.
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Resilient – Excerpt

My heart is hammering wildly in my chest as I drive past the shops and the police station. A line from an old movie floats up in my memory. I see dead people.
There, at the restaurant on the corner, are two bodies on the pavement. A man and a woman. From the look of it, he had her in his arms before she died. I swallow the lump in my throat, terrified.
Putting my foot hard on the pedal, I speed around the corner with screeching tires. I don’t know what is going on and I just want to get away from here.
Haring down the road, I fix my eyes in front of me, ignoring the crazy world around me. When I finally reach the Murray & Roberts building, I zoom into the underground parking, coming to a squealing stop right in front of the elevator.
I sit there for a moment, breathing heavily. I don’t know what to think. Am I still hallucinating from the fever I had?
“Pull yourself together,” I tell myself.
Shaking, I climb out of the car and look around the deserted parking. Besides my Polo, there are only four other cars here. I see Stephan’s SUV and hope moves my feet towards the elevator.
I push the button, but the light does not come on. Of course, no electricity. I climb the stairs to the first floor where the reception is. It is empty, not even the security guard is by the entrance door.
Closing the door again, I carry on up the stairs to the second floor to where the offices are. An eerie silence greets me as I open the door to the large, open-plan office. The only light comes from the windows and the shadows I cast on the office desk dividers as I walk past is just creepy.
I drop my bag and rush into Stephan’s private office. My boss is slumped over his desk, head tilted at an uncomfortable angle.
“Stephan.” I touch his shoulder. It is cold, even through his shirt. “Stef?”
Bracing myself, I take him by the shoulders and push him back in his chair. A scream escapes me when I see his bloated face and I suddenly become intensely aware of the smell. I gag.
Crying, I run from his office, past the deserted work stations, and back down the stairs. Only when I am back in my car and the doors are locked, do I stop to think about what I just saw.
He’s dead. They’re all dead. My head reels. This must be some kind of nightmare.
With shaking fingers, I start my car, my thoughts turning to my parents.

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About The Author

Born in Germany in 1976, Toni Cox moved to South Africa in 1991. Although she has spent much of her working career in the timber wholesale business, she is also an accomplished horse rider, has a diploma in project management, photography, and nutrition, and has a passion for books and all things fantasy.

From a young age, her dream had always been to put her imagination into words – give the stories life. When she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013, she decided life is too short not to follow her dream. So, with the support of her husband and three children, she began writing book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy in January 2015.

Toni Cox writes Epic Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian Fantasy, and Dark Fantasy. She is a firm believer in dragons.

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Dutch Girl


Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

This book is about Hepburn’s early years in Europe during the war. It has a foreword by her youngest son Luca Dotta. She had always been very introverted, a quiet, shy girl. Probably more so after her parents split and her father wasn’t around anymore. but the ballet lessons she loved so much finally helped her become more expressive outwardly. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra was very pro-German before the war began and had met Hitler a couple of times during their many travels. But then Audrey’s father had walked out when she was 6. They were both taking it hard but Audrey was really worried about her mother.

Elle put Audrey in a school and found her some ballet classes in London, but when war became imminent her mother had her brought to the always previously neutral Netherlands to live…

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And Every Word Is True


And Every Word Is True: Newfound documents reveal Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ is not the end of the story- and why Kansas waged a legal battle to suppress their publication

This turned out to be an interesting read, taking me back to the original story first and then filling in even more information with new twists on the case. Something I learned is that the famed author Harper Lee was also very involved in the day to day interviewing and writing up notes to be used for the ‘In Cold Blood’ book too. A lot of people felt that Capote should have given her more credit in the book other than as a lowly researchist and protege. When her book (To Kill a Mockingbird) was published in July 1960, she was established as a leading literary figure. One of the three original investigators on the case, Harold Nye…

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Ghosts: The Ghost of Gladstone Villa

Book 'Em, Jan O

Readers, this is one very haunted house!  You can see a youtube video here:Gladstone Villa Ghost video – first hand account  warning: it’s hard to hear (if you do go there, be sure to turn your volume ‘way up).   As in many such stories, calling in a priest to bless the place only seemed to escalate the problem (and I say this as a priest who has blessed some dark places, but fortunately with better results).  Have a look at The Ghost of Gladstone Villa

To learn more about real ghosts, please see About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook.  For some great ghost stories, please see Death Be Not Loud, Rest In Fleece, and Sepia Seepage.  To learn about ghosts in modern fiction, please see Infectious Ghosts. And so much more, at: Jan’s Amazon Page

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Famous Beresford Ghost Story (with introduction)

Making memories

Since my previous blog post was about Curraghmore, I thought I would share with you a very popular Beresford Ghost Story for upcoming Halloween. It came out, however, that I have no spooky ghastly photos of Curraghmore House.  I decided to write an illustrated introduction about another place just behind the wall from the Curraghmore estate – the Mayfield House, Portlaw, of which I have plenty of spooky looking pictures, and the most important, a spooky true story.


Since the ancient Rhododendron tree fell down during the hurricane Ophelia in autumn 2016, the only way to get to the Mayfield house is to crawl through under the tree trunk…

… which I did…

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Dr. Seuss


Dr Seuss is one talented author!! I love his style and humour….what I love the most about him is there is always a hidden bigger meaning behind his writing. In such a clever creative way it gets both young and older audiences thinking.

My favourite film of all time by Dr. Seuss has to be The Cat in the Hat! Jam packed full with humour from the start,  this film is brilliantly smart! Guaranteed this film will leave you feeling cheery and happy! If you haven’t already, I suggest you give this film a watch! You will not be disappointed.

Below are a few of my fave quotes from the film and Dr. Seuss.

Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get…

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