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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Need to Know by Karen Cleveland, read by Mia Barron.

Perfect Husband. Perfect Father. Perfect Liar?

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?

©2018 Karen Cleveland (P)2018 Random House AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"You'll devour this terrific debut like the rest of us, skipping lunch, losing sleep, turning pages until the end." (John Grisham)
"Karen Cleveland is the real deal - an exciting new voice in thrillers." (Patricia Cornwell)
"Prediction: if you read chapter one, you'll read chapter two. If you read chapter two, you'll miss dinner, stay up far too late, and feel tired at work tomorrow. This is that kind of book. Superb." (Lee Child)

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  • Simon
  • 01-26-18

Not Just One But Two Great Discoveries!

Taut, tense and tantalising, Need To Know is an extremely impressive debut thriller from Karen Cleveland. Mixing international intrigue with domestic drama it is deftly paced and interspersed with clever plot twists. It actually wasn't quite the book I imagined. Cleveland is an ex-CIA analyst and mother writing about a CIA analyst who is also a mother . . . I had imagined that the selling point would be that it would contain significant CIA procedural detail. Instead Cleveland has demonstrated a true writer's craft and the story is insightful without being in any way overburdened by procedural or technical detail. Her knowledge is used to provide authenticity but is never allowed to cloud the plot or get in the way of her well formed characters.

To add to that the narration by Mia Barron, who is also someone new to me, is excellent. She brings the lead Vivian to life, carries the narrative and is not at all phased by a varied cast of supporting characters. Mixing these ingredients together delivers an extremely smooth and tasty dish of a thriller.

So a new author and a new narrator I'll be looking out for more from!

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  • sara
  • 02-15-18

NEED TO KNOW

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

FASTER PACE TO THE STORY TOO REPETITIVE

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Cleveland again?

NO

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mia Barron?

MORE CONVINCING VOICE FOR THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ROLE SHE IS PLAYING

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

DISAPPOINTMENT AND FRUSTRATION SO SLOW TO GET ON WITH STORY

Any additional comments?

HAD TO RETURN COULD NOT GET BEYOND CHAPTER 10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-18

Riveting

I loved this book, a well written story with a sting in the tail. I’m off to see if she has any more stories I can read