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?
Are you sitting down? Ok, now scoot to the edge of your seat, because this is where you will remain from start to finish of Need to Know by Karen Cleveland.
Vivian, government employee working to bring down the Russians. This is what she has dedicate her career to, giving up family time to work long hours. Lucky for her she has an amazing husband, Matt, who picks up the slack at home and is a total Mr. Mom when he isn’t working. From page one we know that trouble is on it’s way.
“Get me out of this. Tell me what to do to make this all disappear.”
Need to Know brings lies and deceit, protecting your family & tope secret information. Pay close attention because a LOT is going to happen and you will need to be on your A-game to keep up.
Vivian questions everything that she knows about her life. We hear majority of the story from her POV, we get snippets of her past as she rethinks the last 10 years of her life. She revisits interactions and picks them apart, was it really what she thought, did it really happen that way, could things have gone differently?
“How in a handful of years, had I become so intertwined with someone else that I couldn’t imagine being alone?”
Vivian struggles to figure out what she needs to do, we follow her confidence and her struggles. We see her battle with herself between right and wrong, loyalty to her husband or loyalty to her country.
“Sometimes,” she begins haltingly, “we think act shielding the truth will protect those we love the most.”
So sit back, or forward if you will, and learn what Need to Know is all about!
About the Author
Karen Cleveland spent eight years as a CIA analyst, the last six in counterterrorism. She has master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and from Harvard University. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two young kids.
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