NEED TO KNOW, by Karen Cleveland, Doubleday Canada/Penguin Random House


In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.

What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

Vivian has vowed to defend her country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But now she’s facing impossible choices. Torn between loyalty and betrayal, allegiance and treason, love and suspicion, who can she trust?


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

A thriller book with a CIA influence.  Authentic because of the author’s background, superlatively written, gripping and face-paced.  Plot driven, with strong character development.  How could you go wrong?

The blatant predictability of this plot may give you qualms about reading it, however, know that this book is so much more than a spy thriller, it’s about deceit, trust, corruption, lies, and being torn between doing what is right and doing what family needs done.   How far would you go to protect those that you love?

Vivian is an extraordinary character full of conflicts.  She is typical in many regards but also atypical in the more important ones.  I loved the pace and plot of this book, and especially, all the twists and turns you crash into along the way.

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