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An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it’s up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it’s up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. Taggart’s first assignment is a decades-old cold case centered on a cult of suicide bombers known as the Sons of Elijah who believe they’ve been reborn hundreds of times, going back centuries. It seems like a low-risk assignment until a bomb tears apart a crowded Chicago restaurant. The Sons of Elijah have returned—and now it’s up to Taggart to stop their modern-day reign of terror. Taggart’s investigation begins with Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims to help people remember past lives through hypnotherapy. Jacobson had treated two of the Sons of Elijah’s founders before they’d gone on to commit a series of horrific murders. Desperate to understand how these ordinary patients could have taken such a violent path, Taggart agrees to undergo similar treatment with Jacobson. Through her hypnosis sessions, Taggart comes to suspect the Sons of Elijah are targeting a high-tech government laboratory that could expose the group’s greatest secret with a controversial experiment. To save millions of innocent lives, Tag must come to grips with the shocking truth about the cult and her own puzzling role in its timeless mission. The fate of humanity rests on her ability to determine which threats are real and which exist only in her mind—and to decide whose side she’s really fighting for.


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An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it’s up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it’s up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. Taggart’s first assignment is a decades-old cold case centered on a cult of suicide bombers known as the Sons of Elijah who believe they’ve been reborn hundreds of times, going back centuries. It seems like a low-risk assignment until a bomb tears apart a crowded Chicago restaurant. The Sons of Elijah have returned—and now it’s up to Taggart to stop their modern-day reign of terror. Taggart’s investigation begins with Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims to help people remember past lives through hypnotherapy. Jacobson had treated two of the Sons of Elijah’s founders before they’d gone on to commit a series of horrific murders. Desperate to understand how these ordinary patients could have taken such a violent path, Taggart agrees to undergo similar treatment with Jacobson. Through her hypnosis sessions, Taggart comes to suspect the Sons of Elijah are targeting a high-tech government laboratory that could expose the group’s greatest secret with a controversial experiment. To save millions of innocent lives, Tag must come to grips with the shocking truth about the cult and her own puzzling role in its timeless mission. The fate of humanity rests on her ability to determine which threats are real and which exist only in her mind—and to decide whose side she’s really fighting for.

30 review for Don't Get Close

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Not your standard FBI thriller! Rookie Special Agent Vera Taggart is assigned to a thirty-year-old cold case related to “The Sons of Elijah” known for their suicide bombing. The cult believes in reincarnation. When a bomb rocked Chicago, Taggart realizes it was no longer a cold case. During her investigation, she comes across Dr. Seth Jacobson, a psychiatrist who treated two of The Sons of Elijah founders through hypnosis. Taggart decides to undergo hypnosis sessions herself to learn about the cu Not your standard FBI thriller! Rookie Special Agent Vera Taggart is assigned to a thirty-year-old cold case related to “The Sons of Elijah” known for their suicide bombing. The cult believes in reincarnation. When a bomb rocked Chicago, Taggart realizes it was no longer a cold case. During her investigation, she comes across Dr. Seth Jacobson, a psychiatrist who treated two of The Sons of Elijah founders through hypnosis. Taggart decides to undergo hypnosis sessions herself to learn about the cult in order to stop their next attack. Through Taggart's hypnosis sessions we learn about her past lives going back centuries in different time periods and places. I find that some "lives" are more interesting than others and she speaks different languages. A bit freaky but also fascinating. This story has a supernatural and science feel to it which I enjoyed. I was really surprised by the twist! Thank you Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for the audio ARC. Available March 8, 2022!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Matt Miksa, and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. When handed this novel by Matt Miksa, I was not sure what to expect. Having never read the author, I entered this experience blind and ready for most anything. Miksa pens a decent novel with gripping storylines, sure to impress some readers as they learn a little more. When a ruthless cult re-emerges on the First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Matt Miksa, and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. When handed this novel by Matt Miksa, I was not sure what to expect. Having never read the author, I entered this experience blind and ready for most anything. Miksa pens a decent novel with gripping storylines, sure to impress some readers as they learn a little more. When a ruthless cult re-emerges on the scene after a bombing, a new FBI agent is forced to piece things together, both about the case that the group as a whole. All the while, she hopes not to get sucked in as she discovers more about those responsible for significant harm. Miksa does well with this piece, proving he can weave a great tale for all those who are interested. After leaving her lifelong dream of being an artist, FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart is beginning to wonder if she made the right choice. She has an unusual knack when it comes to working crime scenes, but this has not enamoured her to many within the Bureau. Taggart’s given the major assignment of investigating a set of bombings from years ago, hoping that a fresh look will provide new leads. Taggart combs through the evidence as it related to the Sons of Elijah, a cult with a penchant for suicide bombings. The Sons believe that they have special powers, having been reborn numerous times over the centuries. However, there’s something about them that has Special Agent Taggart curious and wanting to know more. After a bomb destroys a Chicago restaurant, Special Agent Taggart knows the Sons of Elijah are back, ready to cause new pain to anyone around them. It’s then that Dr. Seth Jacobson becomes a key to the investigation. Dr. Jscobson is a renowned psychiatrist whose work with hypnotherapy has helped people tap into their past lives. Having had two of the Sons as patients before they began their bloody rampages, Taggart hopes that she can use Dr. Jacobson’s knowledge as a key to the investigation and open up new avenues to assist her. This sooon drifts into sessions of her own, where new truths emerge that rock Taggart to the core, while forcing her to question how well she knows herself after all. Mitka spins quite the tale here and leaves the reader much to contemplate. It’s always tough to discover new authors, unsure if they will mesh with your style of reading or sense of adventure. Matt Miksa did well, showing that he has a great deal of promise with this novel. The premise of the book was strong and he used some interesting angles to prove his points, though there were times that I was not entirely sold on the final product. I enjoyed the book, but was not as enthralled as I might have hoped, based on the premise. Still, there is surely something in here for many, particularly those who enjoy thrillers that push a psychological angle at various points. Special Agent Vera Taggart does well as a protagonist in the piece, offering up some of her backstory and developing well as the story moves along. She shows a penchant for wanting to impress, while also fighting against the current throughout the novel, something that is addressed in the early stages. As she becomes enthralled with her investigation, pieces of her past and present emerge and keep the reader curious until the final pages, when much is revealed. There is something about her that leaves the reader to want to know more, though this is surely something Miksa will have to decide in his upcoming writing projects. A story that mixes past with present, crime fiction with psychological exploration, and a peppering of self-discovery is sure to have a great deal of success, which Matt Miksa hopes to have created here. He’s done well and keeps the reader curious as the story progresses. A decent narrative flows well and allows the reader to enjoy the journey. Chapters speed along, some swift and teasers, while others delve deeper into the story. I usually enjoy cults and how they work, as well as a good crime thriller. This piece had both, but seemed to have missed something to pull me into the middle of the story and not get enough. Perhaps it was me, but i will leave it to other readers to see how they felt, rather than pass sole judgment on the final product. Kudos, Mr. Miksa, for piquing my interest. I am eager to see what you have planned next! Be sure to check for my review, first posted on Mystery and Suspense, as well as a number of other insightful comments by other reviewers. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/do... Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    An espionage thriller, Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa is his second such book. Its prologue sees a young woman exploding a bomb under a Ferris wheel on New Year’s eve 1994. The narrative then advances twenty-eight years to present day Chicago and a young man’s session with his psychiatrist. The FBI is listening in as they are investigating a historic terrorist cult responsible for numerous bombings and casualties. Recently recruited from college, FBI Special Agent, Vera Taggart has a unique abili An espionage thriller, Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa is his second such book. Its prologue sees a young woman exploding a bomb under a Ferris wheel on New Year’s eve 1994. The narrative then advances twenty-eight years to present day Chicago and a young man’s session with his psychiatrist. The FBI is listening in as they are investigating a historic terrorist cult responsible for numerous bombings and casualties. Recently recruited from college, FBI Special Agent, Vera Taggart has a unique ability to read crime scenes but she pushes boundaries to advance her finding the truth of the cult’s current activities. A not so typical thriller due to an unusual plot line which detracted from the overall enjoyment of this initially promising espionage thriller. So, overall a touch disappointing and so only an average three-star read rating. With thanks to Crooked Lane Books and the author, for an uncorrected advanced copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and freely given, with honesty.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    DON’T GET CLOSE by Matt Miksa Publication: 3/8/22 by Crooked Lane Books Vera Taggart, an artist with a bent for the dark and gothic, is recruited by FBI Special Agent Gina Butler. She is approached at an exhibit of her macabre paintings at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For her first case after training at the FBI Academy at Quantico she is tasked to a decades old cold case, involving a cabal of suicide bombers operating under the nom de plume of the Sons of Elijah. They’re convinced DON’T GET CLOSE by Matt Miksa Publication: 3/8/22 by Crooked Lane Books Vera Taggart, an artist with a bent for the dark and gothic, is recruited by FBI Special Agent Gina Butler. She is approached at an exhibit of her macabre paintings at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For her first case after training at the FBI Academy at Quantico she is tasked to a decades old cold case, involving a cabal of suicide bombers operating under the nom de plume of the Sons of Elijah. They’re convinced they have been reincarnated from generations of oppressed and conquered people from civilizations dating back in antiquity. They’re mission across generations is clouded in mystery, and perhaps is revealed in the hidden capstone …. sought by many, but passed down and coveted in obscurity. Taggert is trying to recover from the brutal death of her roommate and comes across a lone figure poised to throw himself off the bridge into the icy waters of the Chicago River. After successfully talking down the troubled Caleb Miller, he later unprovoked sets off a devastating bomb in Chinatown …. wreaking havoc a devastation, reminiscent of the Sons of Elijah. “Tag” meets with his psychiatrist, the renowned Dr Seth Jacobson … an expert on past life regression therapy. Soon, she finds herself undergoing hypnosis in the hope of uncovering relevant clues. The doctor has actually performed the therapy on not only Caleb, but also has successfully retrieved past life memories from other Sons of Elijah bombers. Her investigations lead to a probable lead for a future attack involving the particle accelerator at the Fermilab, which is researching for the presence of the “C” particle …. the innate site of Consciousness. Matt Miksa weaves an extremely complex tale with a haunting and tempting premise. Unfortunately his execution misses the mark due to excesses. I feel that most readers will become mired in his overly explained scientific details and philosophizing. Too much time is spent on expositions of past memories. …. although somewhat interesting , they are extremely repetitive. His narrative would have been much more effective without these excesses. His unravelling of details does not result in an exciting or thrilling denouement. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Land Books for providing both an Uncorrected Proof and Audio Book in exchange for an honest review. I personally switched back and forth between the book and the audio. Kristin Price’s voice and inflections brought the multiple characters to life in the “theatre” of my mind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it's up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Title: Don't Get Close Author: Matt Miksa About the Author: Matt Miksa is a bestselling author and former FBI intelligence analyst who helped prevent foreign spies from stealing America's secrets. Today, he writes espionage thrillers that blend history, politics, and science. Matt holds a graduate degree in China Studies f An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it's up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Title: Don't Get Close Author: Matt Miksa About the Author: Matt Miksa is a bestselling author and former FBI intelligence analyst who helped prevent foreign spies from stealing America's secrets. Today, he writes espionage thrillers that blend history, politics, and science. Matt holds a graduate degree in China Studies from Columbia University and has spent time living in Beijing. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two young daughters. Setting: Chicago Heroine: An experienced Vera Taggart, FBI special agent (former artist) Skills: An eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. About: A bomb goes off in a Chicago restaurant. Suspect: Sons of Elijah, suicide bombers Cold Case: Decades 30-year-old cold case Cult belief: They have been reincarnated multiple times over centuries Psychologist: Psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson (hypnosis) Genre: #TerrorismThrillers #PoliticalThrillers #Action #CrimeThriller #Cults #Reincarnation #EspionageThrillers FBI Vera Taggart decides to track down the famous psychiatrist, Dr. Seth Jacobson, who one of his former patients, Sophie, was once a group member. Vera undergoes hypnosis; however, can she trust him? She thinks she remembers a past life in 13th century France which she shared with Sophie. Dr. Johnson is creepy, strange, devious, and manipulative with his own agenda. Will Vera find the answers she is looking for before the Sons of Elijah strike again? Vera and partner Joe are in a race against time for the potential next target, a Department of Energy research lab that could result in the loss of millions of lives. Taggart is immersed in the investigation as we see past and present with the big twisted reveal which ventures into psychological, supernatural, and scientific territory. Mind-blowing and Intense, the author keeps you in suspense, holding your breath. This is definitely a fast-paced action thriller and the author knows his way around this genre. Miksa is a new author for me and the first book I have read by him. As you can see by his background it is quite impressive as a former FBI intelligence analyst. An author to follow. TRUE REINCARNATION FILES: Also, I would recommend checking out the author's website and blog. He has many interesting True Reincarnation Files and cases. They are spine-tingling. His first book, 13 Days to Die received rave reviews and a #1 AMAZON BESTSELLING MEDICAL THRILLER. I usually read more crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, domestic, legal, and cop procedurals; not terrorism; however, I was intrigued by the cover and the female FBI agent. For those who enjoy this genre, I would recommend it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kristin Price for an engaging suspenseful experience. A special thank you to #DreamscapeMedia and #NetGalley for an ARC audiobook. Blog Review: www.JudithDCollins.com @JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks My Rating: 3.5 Stars Pub Date: 08 March 2022 Audiobook narrator: Kristin Price Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

  6. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa is a very different kind of thriller, and definitely one that won't be for everyone. Our main character Vera Taggart is what really made this book for me, and I loved her so much that she definitely became my favorite part. The concept of past lives and reincarnation is one that I haven't had in a thriller yet and is part of what makes the book so different from the others out there. It also definitely puts this one into the unbelievable column for the most part (at Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa is a very different kind of thriller, and definitely one that won't be for everyone. Our main character Vera Taggart is what really made this book for me, and I loved her so much that she definitely became my favorite part. The concept of past lives and reincarnation is one that I haven't had in a thriller yet and is part of what makes the book so different from the others out there. It also definitely puts this one into the unbelievable column for the most part (at least for me), so some readers will have to suspend their disbelief if they really want to enjoy it. I loved the cult aspect and while cult books are always hit or miss for me, it was something that worked really well here. I was also a huge fan of the parts that take place at the government lab, and while there are only a couple of them, I got some great information, and it was fascinating. I would say the audiobook is a little odd for this one, and I'm not sure I would highly recommend it, but if you love audiobooks and have a hard time getting reading in without them, I would still say to give it a shot. The narrator is Kristin Price and while her voice was perfect for Taggart in my mind her narration was off for me. I was able to finish Don't Get Close really quickly and got through it in one afternoon. I don't think the hypnosis sessions translated as well to the page for me as they should have, but I think this would make an excellent movie. There is a lot of action and suspense which I loved, but I could have done without the hypnosis scenes and past lives being so drawn out. They also got a little confusing for me at times and it took away from the storyline with the cult for me. This was still a solid read and if you are in the mood for something mind-bending and different, I definitely recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jazz Webb

    Thank you to Mart Miksa, crooked Lane books publishers and netgallery for the free digital advance of don't get close. Publication date 8th Marxg 2022 This was one of those books that writing a review is going to be really hard because it sounds crazy if I'm completely honest but it's a really good book. Vera Taggart works for the FBI she's new to the team and has been assigned a cold case that involved a cult called sons of Elijah. They believe they have psst lives and will be reborn over and ov Thank you to Mart Miksa, crooked Lane books publishers and netgallery for the free digital advance of don't get close. Publication date 8th Marxg 2022 This was one of those books that writing a review is going to be really hard because it sounds crazy if I'm completely honest but it's a really good book. Vera Taggart works for the FBI she's new to the team and has been assigned a cold case that involved a cult called sons of Elijah. They believe they have psst lives and will be reborn over and over again claiming to have lived for hundreds of years. Vera us on the case and knows one person who is key Dr ,Jacobson he is a renowned psychiatrist who specialises in past lives. Vera isn't prepared for the twists and turns her life is about to go through. Honestly I think im still recovering from reading this book I loved it. Now if you are going to read this one read it with ab open mind because it is unrealistic, unless like me you're easily swayed! I found Vera's character fascinating she's obsessed with the case doesn't seem to question why she was made lead agent in charge when she's only just out the academe took me a while to question that also. Her obsession to help others is a response to her best friend being killed in college. But she's in way too deep I loved the concept of past lives and found it a pleasure to read espically in Dr Jackson's office. He is another character that is written really well i feltblike I knew his character as well as Vera's. Everyone added something to the story and eachvside story let me wanting more . Honestly like I said the best way to understand why this book is so good you will need to read it there are a few repetitive descriptions but honestly this doesn’t because it's a great easy read. If i say more I'll spoil it. 3stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    DON’T GET CLOSE by Matt Miksa Publication: 3/8/22 by Crooked Lane Books Vera Taggart, an artist with a bent for the dark and gothic, is recruited by FBI Special Agent Gina Butler. She is approached at an exhibit of her macabre paintings at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For her first case after training at the FBI Academy at Quantico she is tasked to a decades old cold case, involving a cabal of suicide bombers operating under the nom de plume of the Sons of Elijah. They’re convinced DON’T GET CLOSE by Matt Miksa Publication: 3/8/22 by Crooked Lane Books Vera Taggart, an artist with a bent for the dark and gothic, is recruited by FBI Special Agent Gina Butler. She is approached at an exhibit of her macabre paintings at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For her first case after training at the FBI Academy at Quantico she is tasked to a decades old cold case, involving a cabal of suicide bombers operating under the nom de plume of the Sons of Elijah. They’re convinced they have been reincarnated from generations of oppressed and conquered people from civilizations dating back in antiquity. They’re mission across generations is clouded in mystery, and perhaps is revealed in the hidden capstone …. sought by many, but passed down and coveted in obscurity. Taggert is trying to recover from the brutal death of her roommate and comes across a lone figure poised to throw himself off the bridge into the icy waters of the Chicago River. After successfully talking down the troubled Caleb Miller, he later unprovoked sets off a devastating bomb in Chinatown …. wreaking havoc a devastation, reminiscent of the Sons of Elijah. “Tag” meets with his psychiatrist, the renowned Dr Seth Jacobson … an expert on past life regression therapy. Soon, she finds herself undergoing hypnosis in the hope of uncovering relevant clues. The doctor has actually performed the therapy on not only Caleb, but also has successfully retrieved past life memories from other Sons of Elijah bombers. Her investigations lead to a probable lead for a future attack involving the particle accelerator at the Fermilab, which is researching for the presence of the “C” particle …. the innate site of Consciousness. Matt Miksa weaves an extremely complex tale with a haunting and tempting premise. Unfortunately his execution misses the mark due to excesses. I feel that most readers will become mired in his overly explained scientific details and philosophizing. Too much time is spent on expositions of past memories. …. although somewhat interesting , they are extremely repetitive. His narrative would have been much more effective without these excesses. His unravelling of details does not result in an exciting or thrilling denouement. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Land Books for providing both an Uncorrected Proof and Audio Book in exchange for an honest review. I personally switched back and forth between the book and the audio. Kristin Price’s voice and inflections brought the multiple characters to life in the “theatre” of my mind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine M in Texas

    An interesting take on reincarnation, hypnosis and a deadly bombing. Never read a book about reincarnation about several characters, who were hypnotized to discover they had a past life. Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims people have past lives including different genders, nationalities and can remember their past lives under hypnosis. Some of these sessions are very graphic in a sexual nature, so be prepared. Special Agent Vera Taggart of the FBI, impresses her colleagues with An interesting take on reincarnation, hypnosis and a deadly bombing. Never read a book about reincarnation about several characters, who were hypnotized to discover they had a past life. Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims people have past lives including different genders, nationalities and can remember their past lives under hypnosis. Some of these sessions are very graphic in a sexual nature, so be prepared. Special Agent Vera Taggart of the FBI, impresses her colleagues with her ability to decipher some of the most horrific crime scenes. Her first assignment is a very old cold case about a cult of suicide bombers knows as the Sons of Elijah. As a bomb explodes a crowed restaurant, she fears there is a modern day cult returning. Could it possible by the original cult souls coming back? Taggart is under the treatment of Dr. Seth Jacobson who treated some of the original cult members. Taggart must decide if her visions are real or suggested! Could she have a role in the current cult and their events? This book is available March 8, 2022. Thank you NetGalley, Matt Miksa and Dreamscape Audio for this advanced audio. #mattmiksa, #netgalley, #dreamscapemedia, #bookreview, #audiobook, #stamperlady50, #kristinpricenarrator, #booksconnectus, #bookstagram

  10. 5 out of 5

    Trishita Das

    I found the novel to be extremely intriguing and enjoyable to read. From beginning to conclusion, the plots were well-connected, the questions were answered, and the people and tales were well-crafted. I thought the cult was fascinating, and I loved learning about the many lifestyles that the cult members led. Even with Vera, I enjoyed not knowing who to trust, who was right, and who was wrong until the very end. The plot’s bloodline is the characters. Every chapter reveals a mystery that will t I found the novel to be extremely intriguing and enjoyable to read. From beginning to conclusion, the plots were well-connected, the questions were answered, and the people and tales were well-crafted. I thought the cult was fascinating, and I loved learning about the many lifestyles that the cult members led. Even with Vera, I enjoyed not knowing who to trust, who was right, and who was wrong until the very end. The plot’s bloodline is the characters. Every chapter reveals a mystery that will take your breath away. The notion of eternal pure love not being flawless was revealed in a surprise at the end. The union of the perfect pair was what had the potential to bring the planet to its knees. We don’t sure how the last twist will be resolved, but it doesn’t appear to be positive. I always enjoy a good thriller, but this one is unlike any other thriller I’ve ever read. I hope you enjoy this book if you enjoy FBI stories with mystery, plot twists, and fierce sapphics. For the full review, click the link below- https://gluedtobook.wordpress.com/202...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Cook

    This was an extremely well thought out book and was very well written. However, it just didn’t do it for me. It is a little bit thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and sci-fi, all in one. The idea of reincarnation and revealing the soul through hypnosis was very interesting. But I got lost with all the details from past lives. The interconnection of so many characters made it a little difficult to follow. I feel that this would be an excellent book for a science fiction lover. I am rating it This was an extremely well thought out book and was very well written. However, it just didn’t do it for me. It is a little bit thriller, fantasy, historical fiction, and sci-fi, all in one. The idea of reincarnation and revealing the soul through hypnosis was very interesting. But I got lost with all the details from past lives. The interconnection of so many characters made it a little difficult to follow. I feel that this would be an excellent book for a science fiction lover. I am rating it with 3.5 stars, which rounds up to 4, simply because I was not really drawn into the story. I listened to this as an audio book and enjoyed listening to Kristin Price tell the story. Thank you to NetGalley, Dreamscape Media, and Matt Miksa for allowing me to listen to this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    3.4 Stars Story about a cult got my attention. I haven’t read that many but always fascinating as well as scary as to the power they have. This story features the cult called “The Sons of Elijah”; cult members blow themselves up in crowded places and kill thousands of innocent people. They are believers of re-incarnation ~ in fact; they believe they have already been re-incarnated perhaps several times. Our protagonist FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart had a promising career as an artist but decided t 3.4 Stars Story about a cult got my attention. I haven’t read that many but always fascinating as well as scary as to the power they have. This story features the cult called “The Sons of Elijah”; cult members blow themselves up in crowded places and kill thousands of innocent people. They are believers of re-incarnation ~ in fact; they believe they have already been re-incarnated perhaps several times. Our protagonist FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart had a promising career as an artist but decided to join the FBI. Her first assignment centers on “The Sons of Elijah” cult. Her goal is to stop their reign of terror. Her investigation brings her to psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson, as he specializes in helping patients remember their past. In fact, has worked with two of the Sons of Elijah’s founders before they committed terrible murders. Taggart wants to understand why these cult members turned so violent, so she agrees to undergo treatment with Dr. Jacobson. So it begins ~ This was one wild crazy ride! Want to thank NetGalley and Dreamscape for this audio eGalley. This file has been made available to me before publication in an early form for an honest professional review. Publishing Release Date scheduled for March 8, 2022.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jodie (Geauxgetlit)

    Whoa what a book with such a unique premise. I enjoyed every second as it also made me wonder if reincarnation was a possibility. The question remains how we might have these memories from our prior souls lives lived thousands and thousands of years before…there isn’t any factual evidence proving this theory so many people in the US do not believe. A physiological the FBI has been watching that puts his patients under hypnosis explains how he unlocks these past thought to be lost memories. Is he Whoa what a book with such a unique premise. I enjoyed every second as it also made me wonder if reincarnation was a possibility. The question remains how we might have these memories from our prior souls lives lived thousands and thousands of years before…there isn’t any factual evidence proving this theory so many people in the US do not believe. A physiological the FBI has been watching that puts his patients under hypnosis explains how he unlocks these past thought to be lost memories. Is he a fraud and a leader many suicide bombers killing many people? Very thrilling read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Reincarnation, cults, FBI, and art come together in a fascinating story. My earbuds died halfway through this and when I replaced them 2 days later I could not get my footing back in the story and had to start over. This was a bit hard to get going for me since I don't go in for hypnosis or reincarnation, at least not in the typical sense. In that way it felt like a magical realism or sci-fi thriller, which was fun once I embraced it. The plot centers around Vera Taggart who is an artist recruited Reincarnation, cults, FBI, and art come together in a fascinating story. My earbuds died halfway through this and when I replaced them 2 days later I could not get my footing back in the story and had to start over. This was a bit hard to get going for me since I don't go in for hypnosis or reincarnation, at least not in the typical sense. In that way it felt like a magical realism or sci-fi thriller, which was fun once I embraced it. The plot centers around Vera Taggart who is an artist recruited to the FBI and is assigned to a cold case of cult suicide bombers. One person of interest is a psychotherapist who engages in "past-life therapy" and had connections to a couple of bombers. Taggert engages this hypno-therapy and thus begins the question of truth and her role moving forward. I always think it is fascinating to read about how others contemplate the feelings of what we think we know about the world is not all there is. The mystery of the universe and why we are here kind of stuff. This story had some good momentum when I could devote myself to it, but the end was a bit deflating for me. I felt like it entertained a notion that has for centuries has spurred on horrific acts like eugenics. That was not something in this book, just my own connection. So...the storytelling was good, but I didn't care for the subtext. Thank you NetGalley, and Dreamscape Media for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook. If you enjoy some strange things in your suspense reads, then give this a try!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vivi

    I'll start off by saying that with Mystery & Thriller novels, I tend to not read the synopsis. Why? Because I've found that oftentimes it spoils most of the book and I would have enjoyed it more had I not known what the book was about. Plus it helps me read books outside of my comfort zone! "Don't Get Close" is about an FBI agent, Vera Taggart, who is trying to solve a cold case on a cult of suicide bombers called the Sons of Elijah. Since this is a "cold case" no one expects much from agent Tag, I'll start off by saying that with Mystery & Thriller novels, I tend to not read the synopsis. Why? Because I've found that oftentimes it spoils most of the book and I would have enjoyed it more had I not known what the book was about. Plus it helps me read books outside of my comfort zone! "Don't Get Close" is about an FBI agent, Vera Taggart, who is trying to solve a cold case on a cult of suicide bombers called the Sons of Elijah. Since this is a "cold case" no one expects much from agent Tag, as she is a new recruit. Things quickly change when agent Tag follows a trail of clues that leads her to finally solve this strange phenomenon of suicide bombers. Only to discover that things aren't as they seem. I would say that my summary of this book is way more interesting than the actual book. I can't say that there was a single thing I liked about this book because it was all over the place. Let me explain... The prologue to this book was FANTASTIC. But I must say that was the last time the book ever felt interesting or exciting. So after a huge cliff hanger from the prologue, we are briefly introduced to the MC agent Tag. Her personality was very lackluster. We find out that her roommate is missing and later pronounced dead. Tag doesn't show hardly ANY emotion about this event and seemingly goes on with her life. Then we proceed to the next section of the book that was extremely confusing and flat out boring. It switches to Dr. Jacobson's POV, a therapist who has connections to the Sons of Elijah cult, and his therapy sessions with these cult members. This entire section was pointless because in the end, Jacobson did not even play a crucial role in the plot. Now for the MC Tag... I had so many issues with this character... First and foremost her job. You're gonna sit there and tell me that the Federal Bureau of Investigation will let a ROOKIE agent like her snoop around suspects without backup and letting anyone know where she was going? Like yes I understand the FBI was using her as bait but this just felt unrealistic. I'm surprised no one killed or kidnapped her because she was stealing evidence, talking to suspects while drinking on the job, and overall going after clues for HERSELF and not for the betterment of the case. Also the fact that Tag was SO niave in thinking that SHE was the chosen one to crack this case. No honey you literally got tricked by everyone around you and you believed everything they said. My second issue with Tag is that is supposedly a "lesbian". There were a few offhanded remarks about Tag being gay but it sure didn't feel like it. The author made this fact know by having Tag have sex with Alex later in the book. Let's just say this... Just because two women are lesbians does NOT mean that they will instantly want to have sex with each other! That's not how that works! And I know the premise of this was "Ooo reincarnation is so cool and it means I can skip any romantic buildup" but you couldn't have built up the tension a little more? Tag realizes "Oh this chick is my lover from a past life!" and then kisses her right away. Where's the consent??? Where's the tension??? It just read as the author being lazy and not wanting to put any effort into the minuscule amount of sapphic representation in this book. Now for the HORRIFIC ending of this book... Was I surprised? No. Was I happy that this book was over? YES YES YES. HALLELUJAH BABY!!! I am free at last!!! The entire "mystery" to this book was... pointless. I would classify this book as more of a sci-fi book than a mystery/thriller. Is this your average FBI mystery novel? No, but maybe it should've been. There were so many strange elements and lack of character development in this book that made the ending absolutely meaningless. What's the point of a catastrophic ending when you spent 85% of the book focused on everything BUT the main character. Special thanks to Netgalley and Dreamscape Media for giving me a free arc of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  16. 4 out of 5

    vania vela

    “They should rejoice. All of them. Even if they’ll never know what the Sons of Elijah have done for them. What I’ve done for them.” Don't get Close is a book that with just the title makes you want to read it. It is incredible that with only 3 words a book attracts so much attention. Let's start with the plot: The concept seemed really interesting to me. I have always heard the topic of reincarnation and past lives, and I must admit that it is a fascinating topic for me. It was amazing to be able “They should rejoice. All of them. Even if they’ll never know what the Sons of Elijah have done for them. What I’ve done for them.” Don't get Close is a book that with just the title makes you want to read it. It is incredible that with only 3 words a book attracts so much attention. Let's start with the plot: The concept seemed really interesting to me. I have always heard the topic of reincarnation and past lives, and I must admit that it is a fascinating topic for me. It was amazing to be able to read about the past lives of certain characters and see how each of them related to each other. About the characters: Let's start with our protagonist Tag, who used to be an artist and who after a tragic event decides to accept a proposal to join the FBI. I think the character was written well; she makes mistakes, gets angry, and sometimes acts impulsively, she's basically a real person. I liked the idea of ​​including the reason why she joined this institution as it helps to have a better context and background. I must admit, her co-workers many times made me angry or their comments annoyed me. In certain chapters I got confused with the characters from the past lives and how they relate to the Tag, so if you're gonna read this book you should try to read really carefully. The format of the chapters: I was pleased that they added parts of the doctor's books to know his perspective and relationship with the members of the terrorist group without using him as a narrator. The chapters weren't long and they were quick to read because of that. The plotwist: I WAS SHOCKED. It literally says "wtf" out loud. I was really amazed with every plotwist I read; when I thought I was finally guessing something, a plotwist would come by and change my overall perspective of what was happening. AND THEN THE CLIFFHANGER, GOD, IT WAS SO INTENSE. I need a sequel for this, like for real omg I thank NetGalley and its publisher for the arc of this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gunit Kaur Kalada

    My feelings about this book are mixed. Vera Taggart is an artist turned FBI agent, who is handed a cold case as her first assignment. The case revolves around a cult called 'The Sons of Elijah', who blew themselves up in crowded places and killed thousands. The members of cult are firm believers of re-incarnation and are of the opinion that they themselves have been re-incarnated several times. It sounds interesting, it is interesting. But if you are someone who looks a logical explanation of ev My feelings about this book are mixed. Vera Taggart is an artist turned FBI agent, who is handed a cold case as her first assignment. The case revolves around a cult called 'The Sons of Elijah', who blew themselves up in crowded places and killed thousands. The members of cult are firm believers of re-incarnation and are of the opinion that they themselves have been re-incarnated several times. It sounds interesting, it is interesting. But if you are someone who looks a logical explanation of events, you will not enjoy this book. I enjoyed it for quite some time, until I started feeling that there was too speculation and not enough reason. I don't have a problem with speculative fiction, but when I started this book, knowing that it was about the FBI and a cold case about a decades-old bombing, I did not expect speculative fiction, especially because the book was tagged as 'Mystery Thriller'. So the ending, which although was very interesting, was also a iffy for me. I was curling my lips and smiling at the same time. The pace of the book is decent. The start was a bit slow but it doesn't take long for things to start moving. The climax opens up the possibility of a sequel and I wonder that is in cards. I wouldn't mind reading it, but then I would go in with different expectations. Overall, the book is well worth a read. Thanking NetGalley & Crooked Lane Books for the ARC. #DontGetClose #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aymee

    Vera Taggart is an agent in training and yet seems to have a better grasp on things than those around her. She’s strong-willed, determined, and quite entertaining when she wants to be. I liked her a lot, and that affection only grew as the story went on. Even her not-so-great decisions seemed to make sense to me after a time. Her partner, on the other hand, annoyed and aggravated me most of the time. Which I think is partly why I enjoyed her decisions to go off track more than I should have. I l Vera Taggart is an agent in training and yet seems to have a better grasp on things than those around her. She’s strong-willed, determined, and quite entertaining when she wants to be. I liked her a lot, and that affection only grew as the story went on. Even her not-so-great decisions seemed to make sense to me after a time. Her partner, on the other hand, annoyed and aggravated me most of the time. Which I think is partly why I enjoyed her decisions to go off track more than I should have. I loved the idea of using past-life regression therapy to solve the case. While I’m not sure I fully buy into past lives, it is interesting to delve into and read about. The way that the author connected all of Taggart’s past lives with those of others from the Sons of Elijah was seamless and believable in the story. It was an unusual way to progress the story and I thought it brought an interesting angle to solving the crime. This book ticked a lot of boxes for me. Crazy cults? Yes! Psychology with unconventional methods? Yes! Cold case? Heck yeah. I was all in from the very beginning. Don’t Get Close starts off with a literal bang and keeps going. This is the second cult-related book I’ve read in the last several weeks and I’ve enjoyed them both quite a bit. But the way that the author combined the cold case with past-life regression to prevent a possible current crime is what did it for me in the end. It was also nice to have a female main character who wasn’t your usual FBI type. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who loves a fast paced thriller with unusual elements thrown in. *Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Manring

    I was given an advance copy audiobook in exchange for an honest review upon completion.. I can truthfully say this is a book I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up, but this is a truly a nonstop thriller that takes you through major twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It is one part thriller, all together suspenseful to the end. There is intricate FBI profiling on cult activity by “Sons of Elijah”, this is a bit sci-fithere is explicit sex by the main character which is a reoccurring event necess I was given an advance copy audiobook in exchange for an honest review upon completion.. I can truthfully say this is a book I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up, but this is a truly a nonstop thriller that takes you through major twists and turns that you won’t see coming. It is one part thriller, all together suspenseful to the end. There is intricate FBI profiling on cult activity by “Sons of Elijah”, this is a bit sci-fithere is explicit sex by the main character which is a reoccurring event necessary to the entire plot. You have to keep an open mind to believe that reincarnation is a possibility going back to the time when Christ walked this world. It was, in my opinion something that made me ponder the possibilities.. This book has left me thinking about it. Yes I am definitely recommending this book when it comes out. I wasn’t familiar with any previous work of Matt Miksa but will be watching for future works. as a change from my usual genre. I always enjoy a good thriller but this is one like none of the thrillers I have read in the past. My loss. Thanks so much to #NetGalley, #DreamWorks Media, #MattMiksa, and of course #Don’tGetClose for giving me the opportunity to have an early listen to this audiobook..

  20. 5 out of 5

    C. McKenzie

    Following the rookie Special Agent Vera Taggert on her mission to track down and stop a doomsday cult bomber is like hiking a steep mountain with constant switchbacks. A psychiatrist who regresses patients into past lives is either a good guy or in on the doomsday cult conspiracy to destroy millions of people, and Vera, who willingly submits to his hypnotism, just might be a multi-reincarnated member of that very cult. This was a wildly imaginative trek that ends on a somber note when the truth Following the rookie Special Agent Vera Taggert on her mission to track down and stop a doomsday cult bomber is like hiking a steep mountain with constant switchbacks. A psychiatrist who regresses patients into past lives is either a good guy or in on the doomsday cult conspiracy to destroy millions of people, and Vera, who willingly submits to his hypnotism, just might be a multi-reincarnated member of that very cult. This was a wildly imaginative trek that ends on a somber note when the truth about the cult is revealed. I had some trouble with the long stories during hypnotic regressions. They were repetitive and I’d already gotten the point—the soul is free to return and those who love each other deeply are bound for eternity. Of course, I'd no sooner bought that reincarnation was at play than that idea was called into doubt by the possibility that psychedelic drugs were used. There was a surprise at the end that revealed the premise about eternal true love definitely not being perfect. In fact, the coming together of the perfect couple was what could lead to the possible destruction of the world. We don’t know how that last twist resolves, but it doesn’t look good. Overall, I was engaged but skimmed what I felt went on too long and was unnecessary.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniëlle Faber

    I don’t even know where to begin? The story is based on this cult, The Sons of Elijah. They set of several bombs a couple of decades ago and killed about a thousand of people (and themselves in the process). The members also believe in reincarnation and they truly believe they have been reincarnated for several centuries, protecting a secret. Our MC Vera Taggert (Tag) is a novice FBI agent who gets this cold case and starts her own investigation into the events. This leads her to Dr. Seth Jacobso I don’t even know where to begin? The story is based on this cult, The Sons of Elijah. They set of several bombs a couple of decades ago and killed about a thousand of people (and themselves in the process). The members also believe in reincarnation and they truly believe they have been reincarnated for several centuries, protecting a secret. Our MC Vera Taggert (Tag) is a novice FBI agent who gets this cold case and starts her own investigation into the events. This leads her to Dr. Seth Jacobson a psychiatrist who has treated two of the leading members of the Sons of Elijah, through hypnosis sessions. Tag decides to undergo one of the sessions for herself and gets pulled into the middle of this puzzle. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance and she has to decide who’s side she’s fighting for. This was a very intriguing read and kept me guessing the whole way through. It definitely is not predictable and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Thank you NetGalley & Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ana Paula Alves

    When I started to read Don't Get Close, I didn't really know what to expect. I thought it would be a very slow-paced book, but full of action and fight scenes, like a lot of FBI books I read. But I was positively surprised. The book is, in a way, a little bit slow-paced. But in this case it's a good thing because we are able to absorve well all the informations, stories and explanations given without feeling confused and lost. Don't Get Close was very interesting and a great reading for me. The p When I started to read Don't Get Close, I didn't really know what to expect. I thought it would be a very slow-paced book, but full of action and fight scenes, like a lot of FBI books I read. But I was positively surprised. The book is, in a way, a little bit slow-paced. But in this case it's a good thing because we are able to absorve well all the informations, stories and explanations given without feeling confused and lost. Don't Get Close was very interesting and a great reading for me. The plots were well linked from beginning to end, I feel like the questions were answered and the characters and stories were very well built. If you like FBI books with mystery, plot twists and badass sapphics, I hope you'll like this book. Because I did. Thank you very much to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange of my honest rewiew.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Stevenson

    I don't know what I expected when I started this, but it wasn't this interesting story. At a basic level, this is about the FBI chasing a cult that likes to blow things up. However, when you add in history, religion, reincarnation and science, you get this weird mix that shouldn't work, but it does! It took me a couple of chapters.to get into it, but once I was in I didn't want to put it down. I thought the cult was really interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the different lives the cult members ha I don't know what I expected when I started this, but it wasn't this interesting story. At a basic level, this is about the FBI chasing a cult that likes to blow things up. However, when you add in history, religion, reincarnation and science, you get this weird mix that shouldn't work, but it does! It took me a couple of chapters.to get into it, but once I was in I didn't want to put it down. I thought the cult was really interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the different lives the cult members had. I loved not knowing who to trust, who was right and who was wrong right down to the end - even with Vera. This was a really unique story, and I reccomend it if you are after a thriller with a difference. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books & NetGalley for the DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sucharita Biswas

    Excellent, Unique and Spellbinding.......................................... Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa turns out to be an excellent and visionary book. I was expecting a book to be a simple thriller, but, rather, it took me on a roller coaster ride of mysteries and revelations. The characters are the bloodline of the plot. Each and every chapter unfolds a secret which will, definitely, going to blow your mind. The book, surely, succeeds itself to be on my bookshelf. I would not say too much, Excellent, Unique and Spellbinding.......................................... Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa turns out to be an excellent and visionary book. I was expecting a book to be a simple thriller, but, rather, it took me on a roller coaster ride of mysteries and revelations. The characters are the bloodline of the plot. Each and every chapter unfolds a secret which will, definitely, going to blow your mind. The book, surely, succeeds itself to be on my bookshelf. I would not say too much, as I do not want to reveal more about it. You have to enjoy it yourself. I would, obviously, like to give the book 5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me an opportunity to read and review the book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lacy

    Don't Get Close is Matt Miksa's second book, but my first read. I'm not sure how to categorize this interesting read.. It's part dark fantasy, and thriller all rolled into one. The story involves a cult which call themselves 'The Son's of Elijah' , and they believe that by killing in mass numbers their bodies will be reincarnated. When FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart gets assigned to investigate the cult. she comes across psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson who specializes in helping people remember th Don't Get Close is Matt Miksa's second book, but my first read. I'm not sure how to categorize this interesting read.. It's part dark fantasy, and thriller all rolled into one. The story involves a cult which call themselves 'The Son's of Elijah' , and they believe that by killing in mass numbers their bodies will be reincarnated. When FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart gets assigned to investigate the cult. she comes across psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson who specializes in helping people remember their past lives, It was slow to get into due to the detail of the visions that the patients were experiencing. Yet, I enjoyed the diversity of the characters. Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the opportunity.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Allyson K

    Woah. What a ride this was! I went into it mostly blind and was initially interested with the mention of a cult. I was not expecting it to have a sci-fi feel to it, but I really enjoyed it and I found it engaging from start to finish. I enjoyed the characters, the inclusion of the FBI, and the very unique plot. The final twist at the end took me by surprise! Knowing a little bit about the author made this story that much more interesting to me! When a deadly event takes place, people begin to qu Woah. What a ride this was! I went into it mostly blind and was initially interested with the mention of a cult. I was not expecting it to have a sci-fi feel to it, but I really enjoyed it and I found it engaging from start to finish. I enjoyed the characters, the inclusion of the FBI, and the very unique plot. The final twist at the end took me by surprise! Knowing a little bit about the author made this story that much more interesting to me! When a deadly event takes place, people begin to question if the Sons of Elijah cult could be involved, even though it was thought that they were no longer active. FBI agent Vera Taggert finds herself thrust right in the middle of trying to figure out the details behind the attack, the cult, and their potential plans. She sets out to do her job, but quickly realizes she may be more connected to this than she initially thought. Danger is looking and she must work quickly to uncover the truth, but while doing so she will begin to question everything she knows…

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa is an police procedural and government thriller with elements of pseudo-science and science fiction. The story revolves around FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart, who gets caught up in the case of the Sons of Elijah, a cult who committed suicide bombings decades ago. When it seems that the Sons of Elijah have returned, Tag has to investigate by going to sessions with the psychiat Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Don't Get Close by Matt Miksa is an police procedural and government thriller with elements of pseudo-science and science fiction. The story revolves around FBI Special Agent Vera Taggart, who gets caught up in the case of the Sons of Elijah, a cult who committed suicide bombings decades ago. When it seems that the Sons of Elijah have returned, Tag has to investigate by going to sessions with the psychiatrist who treated some of the members. Dr. Seth Jacobson believes that under hypnosis, people can remember their past lives and use those memories to work through problems they're experiencing in their current life. Suspected that the good doctor is more than what he seems, Tag decides to undero hypnosis treatment herself as a part of her investigation. What is the Sons of Elijah's secret? How is Dr. Jacobson involved? Here is a chilling excerpt from the Prologue: "Another drop of blood detached from the cuff of her coat and landed on the bright ground. Sophie winced and grabbed the sleeve, which was too long and hung limp past her fingertips. It wasn’t actually her coat... In any case, she’d ruined it (blood never came out completely), but it was still in better condition than her own coat, which now sat stuffed inside a trash bin with a hole punched through its Gore-Tex shell. A perfect, round hole that matched the one in Sophie’s shoulder. Even if he can’t track the boot prints, he’ll follow the dripping red trail. And if he catches me …" Overall, Don't Get Close is a well-written police procedural and government thriller that I could not put down. I was fascinated by the pseudo-science aspects of this book, particularly the hypnosis scenes. I should warn you though that if you are unable to suspend your disbelief regarding hypnosis, reincarnation, and government conspiracies, you may not enjoy this book. I took 1 star off, because I was expecting a typical thriller that is based completely in reality. There are some parts that you will really have to stretch your mind to believe. It's really hard for me to think of movies that give off a similar vibe to this book, but I guess that I could compare it to Mission Impossible and National Treasure. If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of thrillers in general, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in March!

  28. 5 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: August 13, 2021 Publication date: March 8, 2022 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan Date reviewed/posted: August 13, 2021 Publication date: March 8, 2022 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you have personally decided to basically continue on #maskingup and #lockingdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it’s up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. Taggart’s first assignment is a decades-old cold case centred on a cult of suicide bombers known as the Sons of Elijah who believe they’ve been reborn hundreds of times, going back centuries. It seems like a low-risk assignment until a bomb tears apart a crowded Chicago restaurant. The Sons of Elijah have returned—and now it’s up to Taggart to stop their modern-day reign of terror. Taggart’s investigation begins with Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims to help people remember past lives through hypnotherapy. Jacobson had treated two of the Sons of Elijah’s founders before they’d gone on to commit a series of horrific murders. Desperate to understand how these ordinary patients could have taken such a violent path, Taggart agrees to undergo similar treatment with Jacobson. Through her hypnosis sessions, Taggart comes to suspect the Sons of Elijah are targeting a high-tech government laboratory that could expose the group’s greatest secret with a controversial experiment. To save millions of innocent lives, Tag must come to grips with the shocking truth about the cult and her own puzzling role in its timeless mission. The fate of humanity rests on her ability to determine which threats are real and which exist only in her mind—and to decide whose side she’s really fighting for. What a rocket ride of a book! Cults are scary and Taggart's abilities and memories of her role in the cult are kind of scary to even think about. The hypnotherapy part of the book confused me at first (and her role/memories in/of the history of the cult, but it worked out in the end and made sense....finally. (Is she an artist or an agent? A medium or a psychic? Real or a fake?) But it took time. In the end, it was a great book to read and I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, and people reading books in the park as we do … I have had some of my best conversations about books down by the Thames! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. ") on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    *Many thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for my free ARC audiobook, given in exchange for an honest review.* It's present day Chicago and Vera "Tag" Taggart is a newly minted FBI agent on a huge case: stopping the Sons of Elijah, a terrorist organization known for mass murders and bombings, active for decades. One of her first meetings is with Dr. Jacobson, a psychiatrist, who explains his unusual practice of hypnosis to get at memories of his patients' past lives. As it turns out, some of *Many thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for my free ARC audiobook, given in exchange for an honest review.* It's present day Chicago and Vera "Tag" Taggart is a newly minted FBI agent on a huge case: stopping the Sons of Elijah, a terrorist organization known for mass murders and bombings, active for decades. One of her first meetings is with Dr. Jacobson, a psychiatrist, who explains his unusual practice of hypnosis to get at memories of his patients' past lives. As it turns out, some of his patients turn out to be members of the Sons, but also have intertwining past life stories which hold the key to solving and stopping a mass casualty in the present. This was a bizarre story which was not at all what I expected from the description. I find it impossible to categorize it into a single genre. It's classified as a mystery/thriller, and while it has elements of both of those, it also bears the markings of sci-fi, dystopia, and maybe fantasy, along with historical fiction. I have nothing against mixing genres normally, but this one was just not executed well enough to justify so much disparity. It just seemed to be trying to be everything and ended up falling short. The story jumps continually between the supposed past lives of several main characters over time periods spanning about 1500 years. Elements of different religions and their offshoots, international political events, and some obscure references to lesser-known times in history make up the essential background of this story. I did appreciate the inclusion of some of these things, as it's rare to read a novel including the Arians and the Cathars, but even as a person who has studied these movements, the jumping between them was confusing. I do applaud the attempt and appreciate that it kept me guessing until the end, it's a fine line between serving up a good twist and making a reader constantly say "what the... what did I just read?" This was just on the wrong side of the line. Much of the dialogue was unrealistic, and the sex scenes were just cringe-worthy. In fairness, my review is based on my subjective preferences, and while I love mysteries, thrillers, and historical fictions, I mostly detest science fiction and fantasy. The book falls just enough into the categories I don't enjoy to turn me off to it, even though it's mostly well-written and I still think it's worth the read for people who enjoy these more than I do.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Sparks

    This is not your typical FBI thriller. Newly graduated FSI Special Agent Vera Taggert led the efforts to determine whether a dormant doomsday cult is reemerging and planning another mass casualty event. She became obsessed with a psychiatrist claiming that he could help patients tap into their past lives, and she volunteered to be hypnotized herself. The rest of the book explored reality vs imagination as the plot progressed. A mysterious capstone appeared throughout the story and was captivatin This is not your typical FBI thriller. Newly graduated FSI Special Agent Vera Taggert led the efforts to determine whether a dormant doomsday cult is reemerging and planning another mass casualty event. She became obsessed with a psychiatrist claiming that he could help patients tap into their past lives, and she volunteered to be hypnotized herself. The rest of the book explored reality vs imagination as the plot progressed. A mysterious capstone appeared throughout the story and was captivating. While the premise was fascinating and the plot was delightfully twisty, the execution failed to deliver the punch. There’s too much exposition. Each vision session went on far too long and in such minute detail that the overall plot became lost. I skimmed over many of the visions because of the length and repetition. I struggled to follow some plot holes. The author would bring up a previous conversation between two characters, but it sounded new to me. He suggested that Tag was in closer contact with her FBI team, but those interactions weren’t more prominent in the plot. I also had problems with some of the characterizations of the male FBI agents on the case. Their dialogue was over the top and full of cliches. They’re reduced to crude pigs with their traces of competence hidden behind crass words and actions. I get it - they’re jerks - but they spend so much time dumping crass references to genitalia that I ignored the characters. One strength was the resolution of the capstone. It had been referenced throughout the novel as a great treasure, and that could have led to a big letdown once its nature was revealed. It ended up being a well-defined solution that explained why it had been so valuable to so many people. Another strength was that it kept me guessing until the last page. What was real? What was contrived? Was justice served? These questions were answered in a way that kept me thinking through them well after I had finished the novel. I had been tempted to put it aside, but the end was a satisfying reader payoff. I wish the novel had been tighter, with shorter vision sequences and better characterizations. While I enjoyed the resolution, I questioned whether it had been worth it to stick around to the end. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a review copy.

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