Saturday 30 June 2018

#Bookreview Need to Know by Karen Cleveland @karecleve @randomhouse

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 is one hell of a book! I'm especially happy to say that it did fulfill all my expectations!

What do you do when you, through your job discover that you are living a lie? That this discovery will threaten your life, your husband life, and your children's lives. That is what Vivian Miller discovers one day at her job as a CIA counterintelligence analyst. She is running a program trying to discover Russian sleeper cells in the US. And, she succeeds. And this starts off a living hell for her.

One could really feel with Vivian in this book. Her whole life is in ruin and she is now having to make serious decisions, protect her family and betray her country? Or turn in all the information she has and by that destroy her family.

The story is tense and captivating and I loved reading the book. I thought the ending at first was a bit too "Hollywood". A bit too cheesy and happy, well I thought so until I realized that the author had one more surprise in store. Wow! What an ending!

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