NEED TO KNOW by Karen Cleveland

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What do you do when you find out that your husband has been lying to you since the day you met?

Vivian Miller has been happily married to Matt for ten years and they have four children. Vivian is a CIA analyst working on the Russian account and for the last months she has been trying to find Russian spies in the United States. One morning, Vivian manages to enter the computer of a man thought to be the handler of a sleeping Russian cell. But her excitement to this discovery is short-lived because Vivian finds a photo of her husband among the pictures of other Russian spies. From now on, Vivian struggles with the fact that her marriage is built on a lie and she makes a decision after another that leads her to a dangerous spiral from which she can’t seem to find a way out.

Karen Cleveland is a former CIA analyst and she drew from her experience to write a superb and captivating plot. What I liked about this spy thriller is not only the twisty story, but also the author’s detailed exploration of Vivian’s mind as she struggles with her discovery. The descriptions of Vivian’s emotions, her fears, her guilt, her excuses on why her husband’s picture is on the computer of a Russian criminal, her refusal to accept who her husband really is, are vivid and realistic.

There are many twists, many moments that made me gasp in surprise and many others that made me sit on the edge of my seat eager to see what would happen next. I stayed up late at night to finish reading it because I couldn’t go to sleep not knowing how it would end.

This is a fast-paced and intense story about a woman struggling between her loyalty to her country and keeping her family safe. There is suspense, there are emotional moments, there is romance, there is everything that a brilliant novel needs.

NEED TO KNOW is published on January 25th in the UK.

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