Need to Know (Hardcover)

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Need To Know

By Karen Cleveland

HC Jan. 23, 2018

If this is the first book by Ms. Cleveland, I think we are in for a treat in whatever she writes in the future. While this book was not my favorite, I would still hand sell and recommend to anyone who enjoys a good a good thriller with some twists and turns. While I realize I can't have everything, I really enjoy a strong female protagonist, and while she gave off that illusion...it was not real. Kind of frightening that this actually could happen. Enjoy the book!

— From Staff Picks- Della

February 2018 Indie Next List


“Vivian Miller is a CIA analyst working on Russian sleeper cells. She is good at her job, and dedicated. But what she discovers will blow apart everything she thought she knew about her life. What do you do when the choice is country or family? How do you protect your children - and Vivian cares deeply about her children - while walking a tightrope between two superpowers? What do you do when the betrayer is closer than you could have ever imagined? There are twists and turns aplenty as Vivian steps into a dangerous game that could destroy everything she loves and values. Karen Cleveland keeps the tension going right to the very last page.”
— Deon Stonehouse (P), Sunriver Books, Sunriver, OR

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar?

"Terrific."--John Grisham
"Superb."--Lee Child
"Breathtaking, heart-pounding."--Louise Penny
"A fast-paced, relentlessly gripping read."--Chris Pavone

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, CIA analyst Vivian Miller uncovers a dangerous secret that will threaten her job, her family--and her life. 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--is 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

"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

About the Author


Karen Cleveland is a former CIA analyst. She has master's degrees from Trinity College Dublin (international peace studies) and Harvard University (public policy). Cleveland lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two young sons. This is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524797027
ISBN-10: 1524797022
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English