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Don't Get Close

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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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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!
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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 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.
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Tumultuous Roller Coaster…
A tumultuous roller coaster ride in this tense, edgy suspense with well drawn characters and an immersive narrative. Cults, the FBI, high technology and horrific murders all play a part and with a feisty protagonist in Special Agent Vera Taggart. Dark and disturbing, fast paced and frantic.
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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
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DON'T GET CLOSE was an intriguing and twisty thriller. Rookie FBI Agent Vera Taggart finds herself assigned to the Sons of Elijah case. Twenty-eight years earlier, there were a series of suicide bombings that killed hundreds of people. Now, it seems, the Sons of Elijah are making a return.

One clue is that two of the bombers were both patients of psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson. He has made a very successful career because of them. Best-selling books, speaking engagements, and television appearances have kept his name front and center. His treatment was controversial; he used hypnotic regression on them. He learned that they lived many previous lives protecting a secret that is still secret to this day. 

The newest bomber - who didn't commit suicide after his bombing - was also a patient of Dr. Jacobson. Tag determines that she needs to undergo this hypnotic regression herself if she is going to understand the bomber and stop him before he carries out a mass murder.

The story includes a lot of these past lives since it turns out that Tag herself is a part of the bigger picture of the Sons of Elijah than she had ever imagined. The weaving of the past lives and the aims of the FBI into the story gives an interesting picture of what is really happening. What is the ultimate goal of the Sons of Elijah? Is Jacobson really their leader? Are the past lives Tag sees real or induced by the therapist? 

This story deals with reincarnation and the ideas that souls are separate from bodies and are indestructible. The story also includes a lot about physics and the things physicists study. One of the characters is a physicist who is studying consciousness through physics. Tag meets her when her lab becomes a target of the newest bomber since destroying it could destroy a big part of the Mid-west. 

The twisty plot kept me engaged and intrigued. Tag was an intriguing character - an artist who becomes an FBI agent who also happens to be a lesbian and who just might be a victim of a complex plot herself.
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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.
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This is a review for the book, Don't get close by Matt Miska. The genre is psychological thriller, horror, historical fiction and has LGBTQ representation.  This is a big whopper of a book at 700 pages. It starts slow in the beginning and it builds up to a great speed. Once you hit the 200-page mark, it gets fast. There are stories from back in time, reincarnation, and time travel. A psychiatrist uses hypnotherapy and makes breakthroughs or so he claims. 

Tag as the protagonist comes out strong and as a female FBI officer. But she's constantly trying to prove her worth among a crowd of deceptive officers and colleagues and even friends. Finally, she meets her match with a brilliant scientist but the enemy eludes her till the very end. 

I loved this book. It was very well written and constructed. The writing was lyrical at most places. Some beautiful sentences: 
PG 13: She squirmed through the right gaps between men with pot bellies and women with sharp elbows.
PG 14: If he caught up with her here, in this hardening tumor of bodies metastasizing at the base of the Ferris wheel...

There are chapters with interviews and diary entries. There are no dull moments. There are some explicit sex scenes and explicit language used. So it's an adults-only read.

However, I was blown away. The ending is a cliffhanger and I want Part 2 of this book!
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This book sucks you in, chews you up, and spits you out.  A definite page turning that will keep you guessing.
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Don’t Get Close was a gripping, suspenseful story I really enjoyed! The set up was nice and thoughtful, yet everything was a little too obvious. 
This is well written thriller but it won’t keep you at the edge of your seat.
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4.5 stars
Wow! I don't even know where to begin with this one, except I did not see that ending coming! 

This is such an interesting story that kept me enthralled the whole way through. Based around a cult group called the Sons of Elijah and the FBI agents trying to bring them down.
Tag is an art student with a love of all things dark and macabre. On the night of her exhibition, she is approached by Gina Butler, an FBI agent, who suggests she give them a call. When things go awry with her flatmate, Tag knows who to call, and soon after, enlists.

I didn't know what to expect with this story, but I was captivated. A psychiatrist linked to the Sons of Elijah, hypnosis, past lives, reincarnation, the capstone... so much to uncover and unpack. This story will have you guessing constantly, trying to piece it all together, and then when the end comes... it'll smack you right in the face.

Loved it!
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Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It was an interesting premise combining an FBI investigation with supernatural elements. Well written and I enjoyed it but I just wasn’t entirely hooked and felt some parts dragged a little.
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Really gripping and unique story, I was really hooked.

Downside was I got a little bored during the scientific descriptions and some of the reincarnation stories which felt like they could have been shorter without limiting the plot 

Would rate 3.5/4
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I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. despite the slow start to this novel I ended up enjoying it. I liked the characters and enjoyed seeing the story come together. Although I did feel like the story did become a bit confusing at certain points.
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This is an action thriller that discusses religious beliefs and scientific studies. It's about Agent Vera, a simple girl living in a shared apartment who loves to paint. All of a sudden she is recruited by the FBI who claim she has potential. Her first case is rather a cold case which is very weird because a lot of experienced agents haven't even been given the case. But then simple Vera is on the case!

The case is very complex and involves a group of terrorists that call themselves The Sons of Elijah. No one knows why they commit atrocious crimes, mass bombings. The only person that might have a clue about them is a famous psychiatrist Dr. Seth Robinson. He ia devious, weird and manipulative, with his own hidden agenda. Will Vera be able to find the answers she is looking for? Will she stop The Sons of Elijah before they strike again?

I felt the first half of the book is slow and I struggled to continue reading. The chapters dragged on and on with stuff that wasn't relavant. Through the second half made up for the slowness. It was faster, on point, and the main conflict was finally addressed. I love the action towards the end and the suspense it filled me with. I was ecstatic! I can't believe Vera was so trusting like that! In a way I was glad. She didn't make a good decision and well, she saw the consequences.

Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an arc copy of this book.
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I had a hard time reading the whole book, hence the review coming in a bit late, but I can conclude that this book doesn't necessarily catch its viewers attention or pique their interest, but not generally. I can see other people liking this book because of the cult, mystery and weaved storyline throughout the book, yet it wasn't simply what I enjoy for a mystery/thriller book. I also had a hard time due to its writing, especially how the protagonist is a woman and the way things were written and executed were a bit shallow or just wouldn't make sense even for a fiction of this specific genre. If you seem to like the book based on its premise or blurb, I'd say give it a try and this might be just for you.
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A wholly believable protagonist, well written and I would welcome more from this writer.
I retrospectively read 13 days to die and you could tell he was writing about what he knew. The first rule of writing.
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I really loved this book!! It had so many twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next!! This was my first book by this Author, and it won’t be the last!! Quick read!! Highly recommended!! You won’t be disappointed!!
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