Need to Know

Need to Know

A Novel

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A chilling psychological thriller from a CIA insider: in hot pursuit of a Russian spy ring on U.S. soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a deadly secret that will test her loyalty to the agency--and to her family. The Expats meets The Americans meets The Girl Before.

Vivian and Matt are a seemingly normal suburban couple, experiencing the same struggles as many North American families: juggling work and children, budgeting for a house in a decent school district. They're in love and life is good. Though Vivian can't share much about her CIA assignment with him, Matt has always been supportive, and his job as a software engineer allows him the flexibility needed to raise their four kids. But when she makes a startling discovery researching the CIA's Russian account, everything about her life and her marriage is cast in a new light--forcing her to make impossible and dangerous choices before she loses her job, her family and her life.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780385690904
Characteristics: 290 pages ;,24 cm

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suerkaplan
Dec 24, 2018

From Susan Horowitz

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WoodneathRachel
Dec 22, 2018

I read this for a book group discussion of the suspense and thriller genres. I am always up for a good spy adventure, and this one was a unique take - a CIA analyst who discovers her husband is a Russian sleeper agent. Unfortunately the plot was somewhat predictable, and I found the main character's lack of agency frustrating. However, it was a good quick read and the twists keep coming, moving the plot along nicely. It almost felt like a domestic suspense novel, with the focus on the main character's dilemma of whether (and how much) to trust her husband.

Beatricksy Nov 14, 2018

I could never call this a good book. I'm probably not even going to remember it in a week. But man, is it a zippy, popcorn thriller *made* for lazy beaches and short attention spans. Did you know you can just stick random thumb drives into super secure computers at the CIA and not get caught? If you wanna steal a ton of paperwork from a secure office, just duct-tape it to your back. No one will notice your shell of dead-tree-mulch beneath your sweat shirt. It's cool.

It's a story about marriage and how much you can trust someone or shouldn't trust someone, and in the end she shouldn't trust anyone and the day is saved (???) by men I guess so like, good career woman show us your ways and all. But you're here for two CIA agents literally meeting at the Reflecting Pond in the early morning watching ducks gorge themselves on bread crumbs while side-mouthing state secrets at each other, not because you wanted hand-wringing earnest thoughts on fidelity. Right? Oh, you wanted the fidelity discussion? ...well, you can go read a different book, then; we're enjoying watching Baby Sleuthing Hour in which random desk agent sneaks into a Russian Sleeper Cell Safe House and expects everything to be sunny and every single forsaken person is a double or triple agent for Absolutely No Reason But The Plot Twists!

Hilarious, completely forgettable, and took like...four hours to read. It reminds me incredibly of Grisham's The Firm, even ending on an idyllic beach with money. Good stuff, yo. Pointless stuff, but good.

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reader7176
Nov 04, 2018

Great book!! New story line, great characters, good plot. New author can't wait to read more!!

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ColoReader
Oct 21, 2018

Couldn't put it down, well done.

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rmleanos
Sep 20, 2018

I found it to be one of the most boring books I've ever read. Cleveland really didn't put her best into it for being a a former CIA analyst, if she was one at all. I question it.

Save your time. It is worthless. Too bad I spent the time reading it. What is ever worst is the resources it took to make it.

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molly
Sep 09, 2018

Great writing and excellent story. A novel must have both!
Can,t wait for her next book!

ArapahoeAlice Aug 17, 2018

I was constantly guessing what would happen next and couldn't predict it. I loved how the CIA agent, Vivian, was constantly torn between her loyalty to the CIA and serving her country, and taking care of her four children. If you love intricate suspense, don't miss this book

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allmyangels6
Aug 15, 2018

Excellent book! Once you finish reading chapter one, you will be hooked! Suspenseful, and thrilling. This is a must read. If you like the tv show "The Americans" or "Homeland", then this is the book for you. I would rate this a 5*'s.

scl_Cori Aug 07, 2018

This book was a fun page-turner that was a little different than any "light who-dunit" that I've read so far. I finished in a quick two days and would recommend this book for a fun, easy read that has a good twist involved.

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