NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • FINALIST FOR THE ITW THRILLER AWARD • Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar?
“Breathtaking, heart-pounding.”—Louise Penny
“A fast-paced, relentlessly gripping read.”—Chris Pavone
Vivian Miller. High-powered CIA analyst, happily married to a man she adores, mother of four beautiful children. Until the moment she makes a shocking discovery that makes her question everything she believes.
She thought she knew her husband inside and out. But now she wonders if it was all a lie. How far will she go to learn the truth? And does she really . . .
. . . NEED TO KNOW?
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“Shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest new thrillers.”—Entertainment Weekly
“So timely . . . Think of the perfect mix of Homeland and The Americans. . . . Need to Know needs to be read by all who relish spy novels. As entertaining as it is informative and as irresistible as it is impossible to put down.”—Providence Journal
“Pulse-pounding.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Accomplished . . . a nonstop thriller tapping into a hot mix of contemporary digital counterintelligence, old-school spying and ageless family drama.”—Shelf Awareness
“An early contender for next year’s Gone Girl.”—GQ (UK)
“The Russia page-turner that should be on everyone’s list.”—New York Post
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Former CIA analyst Karen Cleveland channels her knowledge of the agency's ins and outs—and her observational powers—into her electrifying debut novel. Vivian Miller spends her days tracking down Russian sleeper agents and her nights decompressing with her husband, Matt, and tending to her four children. When her worlds collide, she's faced with the toughest imaginable choice: protect her family or the country she's sworn to serve? Cleveland’s mix of agency action, domestic drama, and jaw-dropping plot twists make this book hard to put down.
Former CIA analyst Cleveland's assured if thinly plotted debut is an unusual mix of family drama and spy thriller. The narrator, CIA analyst Vivian, is part of a team in the Counterintelligence Center, Russia Division, that's searching for agents running sleeper cells in the U.S. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her four young children and doting husband. Flashbacks chart the couple's courtship, then their lives as hyperbusy young parents, delving deeply into maternal and marital love. When Vivian isn't fretting about her family, she's trying to extricate herself from a colossal treasonous mess that results from a startling discovery that she makes in the course of her research. The deep backstory may attract readers not usually drawn to espionage novels, but thriller fans who like tradecraft and action will have to look elsewhere.
Pretty good twist at the end
Omg that girls an idiot 😭
Need to know
A good read. Always moving...no dead spots. Good plot. Hope the ending means there will be a sequel!
Great book! I did not anticipate some of the twists and turns!