Need To Know

Author: Karen Cleveland

Type: Mystery/Thriller, Suspense

ARC supplied by the publisher and NetGalley

Release Date: January 23, 2018

Available at Amazon

Reviewer: 2shay     

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Book Blurb~~~~~~~~~~

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?

Film rights sold to Universal Pictures for Charlize Theron • Rights sold in more than 20 markets

Review by 2shay

I think I have just read one of the bestselling books of 2018. It’s already being hyped like crazy, with many Amazon Vine reviews already posted nearly 3 months before the release date. I am writing this review in late October, BTW. The movie rights have been sold and everybody is talking about this book. It’s a very good book.

Told from the point of view of CIA analyst, Vivian (Viv), who developed a program to uncover Russian sleeper cells in the US, the deep cover agent she uncovers is…her husband. We find that out quickly, so it’s just a tiny spoiler. Oh boy. He didn’t even deny it. Confessed immediately. What happens after that is truly remarkable. They have four kids, one of those kids has serious health problems. How can she handle life without her husband? Her life, with a high stress job and four kids is so busy, it’s almost comedic. But not really.

I had a couple of issues with the story. Viv spent a little too much time stressing. I got it the first time, Viv. You’re worried about what would happen if you lost your husband…because…hello!…you took an oath to protect this country from threats, foreign or domestic. It doesn’t get more domestic than learning that the man you sleep with every night is the enemy. But, hey, she loves him and she needs him. I understood that. My other issue was with four kids. I like kids in a story just fine, but four? Between getting the kids ready in the morning and putting them to bed at night? Dang. It gave me the willies! That could almost turn this into a horror story. Creepy.

Other than that, I loved this book. There is family drama, intrigue, betrayal and a good bit of danger and fear. This is going to be a great movie! A serious thriller with an ending that will make you shudder. What a ride. Grab a copy and…




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