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Don't Get Close

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“Don’t Get Close” follows FBI agent Vera Taggart as she attempts to solve a cold case involving the Sons of Elijah, a cult of suicide bombers. Agent Tag is a recruit, so no one expects much from her in this cold case. Things take a turn for the better as agent Tag pursues a trail of evidence that leads her to finally unravel the mystery of suicide bombers. Only to find out that not everything is as it seems. I thought the notion was intriguing. I’ve always been interested in the subject of reincarnation and former incarnations, and I must confess that it fascinates me. It was fascinating to learn about specific persons’ prior lives and observe how they interacted with one another.

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.
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This was a different type of FBI  thriller and an enjoyable read.  The plot was good and it was well written. There was an element of reincarnation which I found interesting. 
Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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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.
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Don´t Get Close is a very intriguing story. It blends espionage, crimes, religion, real scientific discoveries, and fascinating characters. I got hooked from the beginning and the more I read the more I wondered what would happen next, and the ending is mind-blowing! Hopefully, a story like this one remains in fiction only. This is my first book by Matt Miksa and I'll be looking forward to reading other titles by this author. He has a fast-paced writing style and a generous mind leading to the fantastic which I enjoy!
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This was such a clever story that gripped me from the very first page and didn’t let go until the twist at the end. Thank to the author, publisher and NetGalley.
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It is very bad when one book wants to be everything for everyone. I am still not sure what this book was about, what it paid the most attention to. Matt Miksa runs off into very long-winded detailed explanation of lots of things detracting from the main plot and suspence.
Also, I found this book to be... evil. It is so meticiously dark and twisted onto itself that one is left gasping and lost as to what he/she just read and why.
I read this book till the very end just to make sure I can. Yes, the language and pace is fine. The book is easy to read. But the essence of the book, the plot development (and where it takes the reader) is not easy to grasp or comprehend.
It is an FBI thriller. It is reincarnation journey. It is power girls march. It is a bunch of twisted love stories... And the ending??? What the... honestly.
I gave this book 2 stars only because it was readable (language-wise)
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I expected so much more from this book and I’m sorry I didn’t get it. For a thriller, it simply wasn’t very thrilling. The intensity wasn’t there, the pacing was extremely uneven, and the book as a whole was rather lackluster. 

I actually loved the plot: it’s just the way it was executed that’s my issue. The breaks in the story to have us read excerpts of the psychiatrist’s book smacked of what I hate about books that purport to be plot-heavy instead of character-driven, which is to accomplish exposition by showing and not telling. I didn’t care that those excerpts were interesting in their own right, but huge chunks of exposition done this way is not different to me than presenting it in a flashback. 

Miksa has done terrific research and obviously puts a whole lot of care in putting a great story together, but to be a thriller a book must be thrilling. This book wasn’t thrilling–it was simply mysterious and interesting. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for early access to this title in exchange for a fair and honest review. As per personal policy, since I have rated this book as 3 stars (or lower), this review will not be posted to any social media or bookseller website.
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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 oporrtunity.
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A traditional FBI-new kid on the block-thriller with a twist in the cult involved.  There was some new and some old.  I wish there was more new than there was old, but it as about even.  I was often wanting more in the cult aspect but was burdened with the procedural and rookie-makes-a-splash aspect.
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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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Hmm - I am having a hard time reviewing this book, because I don't really know what I think about it.

Genre-wise it is some kind of mix of thriller, a little fantasy and something... 
The plot was okay - but perhaps just not for me.
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An interesting read. 8m not sure what genre to put this book into. It's part dark fantasy, fiction, mystery 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 and its members she comes across psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson who specialises in helping people remember their past and is working with two cult members that believe they have been reincarnated. 
But when Dr. Jacobson suggests that Taggart should also undergo treatment, well that's where to story takes you to a different level.
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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.
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This book have several elements like science, mystery, reincarnation and history which surprisingly make a good combination for making a fascinating story to read. 

I really like the concept of the plot, where the main character, Taggart is an FBI agent investigating a cult of suicide bombers who believe they've been reborn hundreds of times-reincarnated for centuries guarding some sort of secret. She started the investigation by undergoing a hypnosis session from a well known psychiatrist that claim to be able to help people remember their past lives and he was also suspected for giving helps to the past suicide bombers.

This story is pretty well written with several POVs from different character in the story which is a nice touch so the readers can gain insight from various characters in the story like the psychiatrist, the bomber and the police. 
The story will keep you guessing throughout the story, who's lying to who, who's right and what is real. 

Although I have to admit, the pacing was a bit slow at first but it  pick up after halfway into the story which makes it hard to put down. 
There is a lot of characters to remember in here like the characters from Vera's past life and from the bombers past lives which can get slightly confusing to follow. 

Overall, this book makes a very interesting read! It was enjoyable, intense and entertaining all at the same time.
I thought this book was a standalone, but judging by how it ends there could be a possibility for a sequel.  
Anyways, I'm looking forward to read more books from this author!

If you're looking for an unusual mix of sci-fi and thriller then I recommend you try this one!

Thank you to Netgalley, Matt Miksa and Crooked Lane Books for granting me this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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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, however, I got lost with all the details from past lives. The interconnection of so many characters made it more difficult to follow than I would have liked. I feel that this would be an excellent book for a science fiction lover, of which I am not. I'm giving this book a 3.5 star, which rounds up to 4, simply because I wasn't totally into the story, but it wasn't a bad story.
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It is hard to describe this book as it was so intense and complex. It was a heavier thriller than I was expecting. I liked it but some parts were over the top. Overall, I enjoyed some aspects of the plot but it was not one of my favorites.
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This was a struggle for me, which surprised me, as I thought I'd love it, based on the blurb. The pace was way too slow, and the story line felt so disjointed that I just couldn't connect and stay engaged. I found myself skimming parts, hoping it'd improve. Things were a bit better in the second half, but it was too little, too late.
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The blurb was intriguing and mysterious but I couldn't finish it, as I had hard time reading and understanding it. The pace was slow and honestly I didn't know what was going on. The chapters seemed disconnected.  So gave up after a point. I don't usually write a review if I don't finish but I just wanted to tell you that it's not for you if you are an impatient reader (like me), as several reviews say that the pace of the story picks up in the second half. So maybe it gets interesting in the second half. If you are a patient reader, if you like twisted plots, you may like it. 

Thank you for the ARC.
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3 stars...

Started a bit slow for me.  Unfortunately, I think this was a little too much "action/adventure" than "suspenseful thriller" like I am used to.  I don't necessarily think anything was wrong with this book, only that I was not the right reader.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley!
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An unusual protagonist and an evil cult intent on destruction make this a tense and propulsive read.  FBI SA trainee Vera Taggart finds herself exploring reincarnate and past lives while working a cold case come back to lie.  The Sons of Elijah believe they have been reincarnated multiple times and they favor suicide bombings,  Dr. Seth Jackson, a psychiatrist, has worked with members of the group and he now works with Vera as well.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  Some of this is implausible but it's fast paced and entertaining- would make a good movie.
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