Need to Know

Need to Know

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A chilling psychological thriller from a CIA insider: in hot pursuit of a Russian spy ring on U.S. soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a deadly secret that will test her loyalty to the agency--and to her family. The Expats meets The Americans meets The Girl Before. Vivian and Matt are a seemingly normal suburban couple, experiencing the same struggles as many North American families: juggling work and children, budgeting for a house in a decent school district. They're in love and life is good. Though Vivian can't share much about her CIA assignment with him, Matt has always been supportive, and his job as a software engineer allows him the flexibility needed to raise their four kids. But when she makes a startling discovery researching the CIA's Russian account, everything about her life and her marriage is cast in a new light--forcing her to make impossible and dangerous choices before she loses her job, her family and her life."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385690904
Branch Call Number: FIC Cleve
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 24 cm

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writermala
Jun 20, 2018

Who better than a former CIA Analyst to write a CIA thriller? Yes, Karen Cleveland is that but she is more; she is a mother and she knows what it would be like to face a battle between her need to protect her children and be true to her job which means her country too. Vivian Miller faces this battle when she uncovers a secret that will threaten her job, her family, and even her life. She's in a situation where no matter what she decides to do her family will never be the same again. Cleveland tells Vivian's story in a gripping way and you're sure to keep turning the pages till you reach the surprising finish.

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dkkeith
Jun 06, 2018

Good read. My second book this month. Kept my interest.

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KJP48
Jun 06, 2018

Need to Know is a very good debut novel. I didn't expect the ending until I had about 1 page to go. Maybe others saw it coming, but I didn't. I would definitely read another novel by Karen Cleveland. It was a fun page-turner.

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JenGee_1
Jun 02, 2018

There’s a lot of suspense in the book that’s constantly building. It isn’t an action book and it isn’t James Bond. Vivian works for counterintelligence at the CIA. She enjoys her work and gets satisfaction from knowing she’s keeping her home country safe. But what happens when she discovers a secret close to home?

Maybe I’m cynical, but Vivian’s far more trusting than I am, hence the 3.5 stars and not 4-5. There’s a great deal of conflict, but the book is somewhat predictable, so it wasn’t as suspenseful as it could have been. Overall a good, quick read that’s worth picking up.

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kateisaredhead
May 29, 2018

Meh! If you want the spy version of a Harlequin romance, this is it. Those of us raised on the Cold War Thrillers of the 70's and 80's will be disappointed by this book. It is a good summer book, light reading, but certainly nothing that makes me want to come back for more. I wanted to turn the main character in just for being so insipid.

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ailenemc
May 26, 2018

Great book. Finally after so many disappointing books it was a pleasure to read a book that held my interest and kept me guessing. Well written and great characters. Bravo!

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LG27
May 01, 2018

Karen Cleveland’s frost novel, Need to Know, is an unusual thriller page-turner, interweaving a threat to national security CIA tradecraft with a threat to the integrity of a family. Timely, it involves Russian spying and infiltration of U.S. intelligence networks. It combines spousal suspicions and betrayal with the need for a family’s self-preservation sought though the couple’s need for exoneration. I’m usually onto a solution in a story of this type, but the ending was a real surprise to me.

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NedSu
Apr 26, 2018

I try to be supportive of first time authors. After all they could move on the becoming a successful writer, and deliver more books for me to read. I think this author does have potential- she presents a very interesting story about espionage in the United States. Unfortunately she chose a first person narrative and the protagonist was so filled with angst that the story suffered in her telling. She was mostly a character who had things happen to her and was not the heroine of the tale. It was like watching flotsam swirling in the vortex of a tornado.

As for the epilogue that further supports my tornado analogy, I think that is another error. While it may presage a sequel, unless the protagonist takes more control of her life, it is a novel that I will not be reading

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LaurieAaland
Apr 17, 2018

Excellent debut novel. I couldn't put it down.

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hirshybar
Apr 15, 2018

I'm usually shy about posting anything, but this is another book of the merry-go-round type with a sequel embedded in its epilog(ue).Are these books written to prove that one can finish a book.Are these books written to hope for a decent check, for the poor humiliated reader to spend a year doing nothing but wait for a sequel. Was Omar a Russian too? Oooh! What did he mean by "Da?"James Fennimore Cooper ended The Pathfinder with 2 paragraphs that had little to do with previous paragraphs and chapters. And there were 5 Natty Bumpo books. Maybe Omar's secret life will be the genus of the sequel. Couldn't take too much more of Viv.

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