December 20, 2018

Need to Know

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland
2018 Ballantine Books
Finished on February 15, 2018
Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

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?

Need to Know is the perfect sort of book to read on a plane as it's extremely suspenseful and provides great distraction. I read it mostly at night and got so wrapped up in the story, I dreamt about the characters and plot! I would have given a higher rating, but the main character's inner dialogue become very tiresome and I was tempted to quit, but wanted to finish in order to learn the final outcome. Meh.


  1. I'm not a fan of a lot of inner dialogue but the fact that you dreamed about this book makes me curious about it.

    1. Kathy, I don't mind a little bit, but this went on and on and on to the point of distraction. As far as dreaming about the book, I tend to do the with intense mysteries and thrillers.


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