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 was not real. Kind of frightening that this actually could happen. Enjoy the book!

— From Staff Picks- Della


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

Vivian Miller. High-powered CIA analyst, happily married to a man she adores, mother of four beautiful children. Until the moment she makes a shocking discovery that makes her question everything she believes.

She thought she knew her husband inside and out. But now she wonders if it was all a lie. How far will she go to learn the truth? And does she really . . .


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