Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

Need to Know

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,...

Details Need to Know

TitleNeed to Know
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Spy Thriller, Espionage

Reviews Need to Know

  • Maureen
    * Thank you to Random House UK for my 'wish for it copy' for which I have given an honest review in exchange*Vivian Miller is a CIA counterintelligence analyst - she's good at what she does, and has developed an algorithm which will enable her department to identify Russian sleepers ( seemingly ordinary people leading everyday lives ), however, their lives are lived within the United States, and they are naturally a threat to national security. W...
  • Berit☀️✨
    4.5 you NEED TO READ it STARS🌟🌟🌟🌟.5 A thrilling breath of fresh air! Just like many of you I am a thriller junkie.... and with the market so saturated with so many thrillers, this book stands apart and strong!Vivian is a CIA operative focusing on Russia and in particular finding sleeper cells..... but even more importantly she is a mother of four young children..... so when a few clicks of the computer leads to putting her family in j...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 stars - Not just “Need to Know” but also “Need to READ” 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 Need to Know came highly recommended from several of my Goodreads friends. I read the blurb and wasn’t sure. To be honest, it sounded a little dry, based on my typical reading preferences, but this is not my typical genre. That said, I trusted my friends. Wow, were they ever right! I thought several times while I was reading that the CIA angle felt authen...
  • Mary Beth
    4.5 starsVivian Miller is a Counter Intelligence analyst for the CIA. She has four children and a husband. She is on a project where she under covers sleeper cells. Vivian uses someone else's computer and finds a picture that she isn't suppose to see. She is shocked. What she sees turns her life and her family in danger. What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie? Everything that matters to Vivian, her job, her family are threatened....
  • Holly B
    Oh how I LOVED this book....The illusion of a cheerful home is about to hit a major speed bump! This edge of your seat spy thriller is so addictive with the full steam plot, it kept me up all night reading! I love that this is a straight up spy thriller that isn't bogged down with too much analyst mumbo jumbo. You can just enjoy the page turning without having to decipher unfamiliar lingo, but offers enough details to tell an authentic, believabl...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Vivian has been married to Tom for many years, they have four children together, the last two a set of twins, one that has medical problems. She also works for the CIA, as an analyst, working on the Russian problem of sleeper cells, trying to uncover agents embedded in the States. One day, while working, she masnages to infiltrate the computer of a suspected handler. What she sees will change her life, and those of her family.I enjoyed this, ...
  • Jan
    Holy guacamole, this 📚 is off the charts!***Woot! Just read that this is being made into a movie, with Charlize Theron playing the lead, Vivian. This will play out well on the silver screen!***Whether you are into political thrillers or not, I highly recommend you grab this book, as it is so much more than that! I typically shy away from this genre, unless it comes highly recommended or has high ratings, which this absolutely does. This has to...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is an excellent political thriller!Vivian Miller works for the CIA and is assigned to the Russian division trying to uncover sleeper cells. One day, she is analyzing the computer of a known Russian operative and finds a folder named "Friends", when she opens it up her life is turned upside down and her family is immediately in danger.This story is a suspense-filled journey. The story is told from the point of view of Vivian and it gives you ...
  • Tammy
    I really didn’t need to know about this book. While I didn’t hate it, I certainly didn’t love it. And, it’s not just that CIA counterintelligence analysts and Russian sleeper cells aren’t my usual fare. At the end of the first chapter I thought, “now we’re cooking with oil” but it just didn’t pan out for me. Based on the reviews I had read I was hoping Need to Know would be as exciting and surprising as the first season of The S...
  • Taryn
    Fun and fast-paced!CIA counterintelligence analyst Vivian is close to a big breakthrough at work. Her department is trying to find Russian sleeper agents living in the United States and she's developed an algorithm to identify likely handlers. Her eagerness to break the case dissipates when she gains access to a suspected handler’s computer and finds a file that makes her question every decision that she's made for the last decade. Wh...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    This spy thriller novel is now on sale!A CIA counterintelligence analyst investigating Russian sleeper spies finds a face she never expected in a hidden file, and her world is immediately turned upside down. And it only gets more tense from there...Vivian Miller has been happily married to Matt, a software engineer, for almost ten years, with four young children. She works full-time for the CIA, trying to uncover a network of Russian sleeper spie...
  • Linda
    "The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you weren't worth the truth." (Unknown)Hunched apprehensibly over the keyboard of her computer, Vivian Miller's eyes seem to ache and burn with the prospect of something on the precipice of a break through. Her years as a CIA counterintelligence analyst gnaws at her that something is within reach......something elusive at her very fingertips.Vivian is a phantom figure with the ability to access the ...
  • Liz
    4.5 stars, rounded upI’m not a big fan of thrillers. But I saw a lot of positive reviews on GR about this book and decided to take a chance. And I’m so glad I did! Vivian Miller is a CIA counterintelligence agent searching for Russian sleeper spies in the US. She finally manages to infiltrate the computer of a suspected handler and whose picture pops up in his files? Her husband’s. Boom. In truth, this book isn’t so much a spy thriller. I...
  • Lou
    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,...
  • Marialyce
    5 extremely suspenseful on the edge of your seat stars!This one was so good, so very, very good! "I've always wanted to be a spy because it is the ultimate acting exercise. You are never what you seem." Vivian is a trusted, loyal CIA analyst. She has a harried life with four children, one of who is ill with a heart ailment. She has a loving but also harried husband, Matt. Vivian is looking for a promotion since the money is desperately needed for...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 Happy pub date to this beauty of a book! I absolutely L-O-V-E-D this spy thriller. Need to Know was a real page turner. Espionage and a whoooooooole lot of secrets. The story jumps between current day and goes back to when Vivian and her husband Matt first met. It continues on through them having kids, and experiences they have had together. I loved that the book jumps back and forth, and it really gives great background on bo...
  • katwiththehat
    Full Review: Thank you so much to Random House and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this thrilling spy novel by Karen Cleveland. I squealed when I saw I was approved to read this. I have been enthralled with the idea of Russian sleeper cells and the real/not-real dilemma any relationships that might form as they try to assimilate into American lives ever since seeing the first season of “The Americans.” And this AMAZING offering b...
  • Rachel Hall
    Domestic drama with a sideline in espionage, I am unsure whether Karen Cleveland’s debut novel is intended as a spy thriller aimed at female readers or simply an opportunity to cast a kick-ass female actress in the role of protagonist, Vivian Miller, a supermom and occasionally a counterintelligence analyst for the CIA. Juggling domestic dramas along with upholding national security might sound like a tough ask for even the most adept CIA opera...
  • Brenda
    The first five chapters of this book were suspenseful and had me holding my breath, waiting to see what the protagonist, Vivian Miller, would decide. Viv is a CIA analyst working in Russian counterintelligence looking for sleeper cells in the U.S. She discovers something that is a sucker punch to her life. I was on edge right there with her, thinking through what I would have done in that situation.Once her decision is made, it was a matter of fi...
  • Monica
    One of the best thrillers I’ve read!! This one is a page turning, read through the night, story. I completely related to our main character as she struggled between working long hours and being a good mom to her four young children. Her husband of ten years is just as devoted to their family.The heart of the story is so much more than politics or ethics or patriotism.... It’s about trust and how far will you go to ensure the protection of you...
  • Selena
    I received a free electronic copy of Need To Know by Karen Cleveland from NetGalley for my honest review.This is an edge of your seat spy thriller. I loved the details and intensity that Karen Cleveland writes with. The characters in the book are wonderfully written. Vivian Miller, CIA analyst who tracks Russian sleeper cells loves her job, has four beautiful children and a wonderful husband, Matt. One day Vivian's whole live changes when she com...
  • Lisa
    NEED TO KNOWKAREN CLEVELANDMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐PUBLISHER Ballantine BooksPUBLISHED January 23, 2018A heart-wrenching counterintelligence thriller that is impossible to put down. SUMMARYVivian Miller is a CIA counterintelligence analyst trying to identify Russian sleeper cells and their handlers. She's getting close. And then she find something total unexpected when hacking into a suspect’s computer. A picture of her husband labeled as “f...
  • Michelle
    I really need to thank my Goodreads friends for writing such stellar reviews for this novel because I would of never requested this one otherwise. Political thrillers just aren't my thing. I saw this on NetGalley and kept passing it by but then all the reviews started pouring in and I became intrigued. I am glad I did or I was going to miss out on an amazing thriller. What happens when the man you've been married to for over a decade turns out to...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Written by a former CIA analyst in counter-terrorism, this quick read explores the idea of Russian sleeper agents, but inside a family. Perfect for fans of the best spy show around, The Americans. Although I could have used a bit more complexity, I still enjoyed the read.Thanks to the publisher for providing early access to this title via NetGalley.
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsWhat a book! Need to Know is a simply fantastic. I loved the premise (a bit like the TV show The Americans but in a book). With Russian interference in American politics constantly in the news, the story is timely and somewhat terrifying; the idea that Russian sleepers (Russian agents disguised as ordinary Americans) could be anywhere and everywhere in the United States is quite frightening. I really do not want to say much about the plo...
  • Liz Barnsley
    I have read this book.That ending though.Highly Recommended.Sorry that is all I can tell you if I value my life....
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    Let me start out by saying that I read this novel in just ONE day. That may not mean a lot to some people, but trust me... if you met my hyperactive almost-two-year-old.. you would wonder how I get anything done in one day, much less the reading of an entire novel. This novel is face-paced and action-packed. I read suspense, thriller, and crime-related novels on a very frequent basis and one of the things I loved the most about this novel was i...
  • Monnie
    If I discovered that my husband of a decade isn't even close to who he claims to be and his truth goes against everything I've ever worked for and believed in, would I hang around even for the sake of our kids? Until it happens to me, I can't say for certain, but I seriously doubt it. But get pregnant by accident not once, but four times? Oh, hell no!Such were my reactions as I read this otherwise totally engrossing debut novel that already is, a...
  • Kate
    Okay, you NEED to stop everything you’re doing (even if it’s reading) and get yourself a copy of Need to Know. Seriously. This book was awesome. I also am completely amazed that this is a debut novel! Now let’s get down to business...At the start of this book I was very concerned about how predictable it was going to be. I was 3 pages in and had an assumption then 5 pages later my assumption was confirmed and I had the “oh no” moment wh...
  • Kathi Defranc
    What an excellent story!! You are pulled in immediately, as you meet Vivian Miller, a CIA analyst who works on finding Russian Sleeper Cells. She quickly locates something that puts her, her family and all she knows in serious trouble. The chapters are short and full of information as we learn of things in the past that now threaten the family of Vivian , her four children and husband. Could she be seeing this correctly, is it true!? The action f...