Need to Know - Karen Cleveland

Need to Know

By Karen Cleveland

  • Release Date: 2018-01-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 435 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • FINALIST FOR THE ITW THRILLER AWARD • Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar?

“Terrific.”—John Grisham
“Superb.”—Lee Child
“Breathtaking, heart-pounding.”—Louise Penny
“A fast-paced, relentlessly gripping read.”—Chris Pavone

Vivian Miller. High-powered CIA analyst, happily married to a man she adores, mother of four beautiful children. Until the moment she makes a shocking discovery that makes her question everything she believes.
She thought she knew her husband inside and out. But now she wonders if it was all a lie. How far will she go to learn the truth?  And does she really . . . 

Film rights sold to Universal Pictures for Charlize Theron • Rights sold in more than 20 markets

“Shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest new thrillers.”Entertainment Weekly
“So timely . . . Think of the perfect mix of Homeland and The Americans. . . . Need to Know needs to be read by all who relish spy novels. As entertaining as it is informative and as irresistible as it is impossible to put down.”Providence Journal
“Pulse-pounding.”O: The Oprah Magazine
“Accomplished . . . a nonstop thriller tapping into a hot mix of contemporary digital counterintelligence, old-school spying and ageless family drama.”Shelf Awareness

“An early contender for next year’s Gone Girl.”GQ (UK)
“The Russia page-turner that should be on everyone’s list.”New York Post


  • Need To Know

    By i still need to know!
    Really enjoyed this book! It was hard for me to put down.... still pondering the ending. Would be great for a book club discussion. Hope to see it on the big screen.
  • Strongly recommend

    By anon.tjg
    This is enjoyable. A thoughtful and unique story that makes you think. Isn’t that what fiction is all about - a break from reality to hear a story? Give it a try! It’s worth it.
  • Need to Know

    By Diana everyday person
    I liked it
  • You don't need to read

    By 3penny
    An implausible tale which somehow still manages to keep your attention. The writing isn't very good, and the plot is a complete stretch, but it is a moderately entertaining read. All in all, though, I wouldn't spend the money on this one.
  • Need to know

    By tazz830
    LOVED IT!!! Sometimes it was hard to put down. Hard to believe it was the first book Karen wrote. Sounds like there will be another book to follow this one. If you ever have a book signing in Houston, Tx., please announce it the dates, it will be worth it! Charlotte
  • Not bad, for a first novel

    By Bcondon
    Cleveland’s Need to Know is a page-turner. She knows how to tell a story that keeps the reader going, and that builds in appropriate surprises—nothing obvious here. Still, her main character, Vivian, is just too naive for a real CIA counterintelligence analyst working the Russia desk. That said, the novel rings true in many other ways, and the point of view is rare in spy fiction. We don’t see enough genuinely female protagonists. Vivian is definitely NOT some male author’s idea of a female spy. And that is definitely Cleveland’s achievement in the genre. I look forward to a sequel.

    By Tops in ereads
    This is a story that grabs you almost immediately. From that point on, it’s a roller coaster of heart-stopping, hold-your-breath emotion, danger and what happens next. Viv is a CIA analyst on the Russia desk. How far would you go to protect your family? You won’t see it coming, believe me. A great read.
  • Wow!

    By keep_calm_keri_on
    Really interesting book and held my attention all the way through. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out..... guess again! Looking forward to the next book.
  • great read

    By Yadiris
    the end still has me wondering, great job!
  • Need to know by Karen Cleveland

    By Dsrtoma
    One of the best spy novels ever. Looking forward to the next novel.