Need to Know by Karen Cleveland


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?


Oh wow! This book is beyond intense! Vivian works at the CIA, specifically on Russian sleeper cells. She accidentally comes across some Russian agent’s pictures. One of the pictures just happens to be of her husband.

When I started this read, I was sure I would not like Vivian. I honestly did not think the author would be able to pull her off and not come across as stupid. But, this author did and did it in a big way. Vivian is smart, hardworking and absolutely not someone who should be taken in by a Russian agent. But taken in….oh she is! And with four children, how is she going to get out from under this.

Matt! Oh Matt! He is one cool customer! He plays his hand so smart and smooth. I had a hard time knowing what to believe. Then….THE ENDING! There has to be a sequel to this! It did not end right. I NEED TO KNOW! AND SOON!

This read is fierce! I agonized right along with Vivian. What are her choices? What will her next move be? Will she go to jail? Will Matt?

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

  1. Linda Popielski says:

    Oooooooh I’ve been watching out for this one. Right up my literary alley.

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