Need to Know
by Karen Cleveland
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 23, 2018)
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: Suspense | Espionage
Print Length: 304 pages
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?
Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
Vivian’s job as an analyst in the CIA’s counterintelligence “vault” is about to become the greatest nightmare she will ever know, all because she did her job and uncovered a Russian spy sleeper cell on U.S. soil.
Not only has she hacked into the computer of a suspected Russian handler, she has uncovered the agents under his charge, but her “hack” did not go unnoticed and now she is caught between keeping her family safe and becoming a traitor to the country she has taken an oath to protect and defend. As her life unravels before her, she looks back on her past and realizes that not only has she uncovered Russian spies, but she may have slept with the enemy.
Karen Cleveland pours on the drama, shattering one woman’s sense of security while sending her plummeting into a dark world of spy versus spy. When her family is threatened, she becomes a lioness on the hunt, but even a lion would be no match for a pack of wolves and jackals. Is Viv prepared to play Russian roulette with her life? Who can she trust? Like Liar’s Poker, how much is she willing to bet on her gut instincts?
NEED TO KNOW by Karen Cleveland will reel suspense and espionage fans in from page one. Not sure if you are a fan? Trust me, you will be after reading this tangled web of love, lies and consequences as one woman attempts to outwit the Russian spy network that threatens not only her country, but her very heart-her family.
I received an ARC edition from Ballantine Books!