Source: Review copy
Vivian Miller is a CIA analyst assigned to uncover Russian sleeper cells in the USA. After accessing the computer of a potential Russian spy, she stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents living in her own country. Five seemingly normal people living in plain sight.
A few clicks later, everything that matters to Vivian is threatened – her job, her husband, even her four children . . .
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?
Will her next move be the right one?
Need To Know was one of those books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I remember last year seeing a few proofs going around on social media after the Theakston’s Crime Festival and I was intrigued to learn more, so I didn’t hesitate to say yes when an invitation to join the blog tour went out. Karen Cleveland has introduced an exciting protagonist in Vivian Miller, who works as a CIA analyst. I’m hoping that this isn’t the last that we’ll hear from Vivian, especially after that twist at the end, my jaw dropped as I read the final page.
Vivian Miller is working on Russia as part of her job for the CIA. She is an analyst at the top of her game and she is hoping to crack down on a Russian sleeper cell in the US, she has never failed before. But as she hacks into a computer, she is confronted by photographs of the men who form part of the cell. And as she realises who one of the men in the photographs is, her life changes dramatically. Things will never be quite the same again for Vivian.
Karen Cleveland has created a dramatic story line in her debut. Although it is a spy novel, there is also a psychological element to it as well as she explores her characters lives and the dangerous situation that is evolving around them. This is what made this book particularly enjoyable for me. As the plot began to unfold, I was desperate to find out what was going to happen next, especially as Vivian has some important decisions to make about her future.
Need To Know is a fast paced read that will keep you turning the pages. Once you start reading you will feel compelled to find out what is going on and how the events the characters are facing will unfold. Hugely gripping and exceptionally well written. I can’t wait to see what Karen Cleveland writes next. Thank you to Anne Cater for the opportunity to join the blog tour and to Becky Short at Transworld for the advance review copy.
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Print length: 304 pages
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