Need To Know
"Prediction: If you read chapter one, you'll read chapter two. If you read chapter two, you'll miss dinner, stay up far too late, and feel tired at work tomorrow. This is that kind of book. Superb."--Lee Child
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?
Film rights sold to Universal Pictures for Charlize Theron * Rights sold in more than 20 markets
Advance praise for Need to Know
" Need to Know carves out a uniquely compelling space among thrillers: high-stakes international intrigue combined with high-drama domestic suspense. These richly overlapping layers of tension create a fast-paced, relentlessly gripping read." --Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats
"I raced through this gripping tale of domesticity and deceit. Karen Cleveland deliciously ratchets up the tension at every turn. You won't be able to put it down until the final, stunning page!" --Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
"Heart-poundingly suspenseful and heart-wrenchingly insightful, Need to Know hums with authentic detail, crisp storytelling, and characters that will long stay in your thoughts. A gripping thriller with real psychological depth." --JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before
"I am consumed with awe that this is a debut novel. Breathtaking, heart-pounding, it manages to be at once intimate and sweeping, characterful and plot-driven. A really astonishing achievement for any writer, let alone a first-time novelist. I love it!" --Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache Series
"Hold on tight! What a story, brilliantly told. An espionage thriller from deep within the heart of the CIA, told from a woman's point of view. More modern than tomorrow. Absolutely gripping." --Terry Hayes, New York Times bestselling author of I Am a Pilgrim
"Karen Cleveland is the real deal--an exciting new voice in thrillers. Scarpetta would call her friend." --Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"First word to last, I needed to know! Karen Cleveland's spy thriller about a wife, mother, and CIA analyst on the prowl for a Russian cell is a timely dance of intrigue and deception. There are two female heroes here: the author, an actual CIA analyst, and the terrific protagonist she creates. One of my favorite espionage thrillers in a long time." --Julia Heaberlin, author of Black-Eyed Susans
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