Need to Know

Need to Know

A Novel

Large Print - 2018 | First large print edition
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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
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Large Print,, [2018]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: c2018
ISBN: 9780525587828
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Clev
Characteristics: 366 pages


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Aug 10, 2020

The writing is not exceptional, but the story's twists and turns made this book a very entertaining read.

JCLAshleyW Apr 21, 2020

This was a fun read that was hard to put down. Fans of Cold War era fiction will love this book that is complete with espionage and sleeper cells, is smart, authentic and believable. Make sure to follow up with "Keep You Close" if you enjoy this title.

Dec 22, 2018

I read this for a book group discussion of the suspense and thriller genres. I am always up for a good spy adventure, and this one was a unique take - a CIA analyst who discovers her husband is a Russian sleeper agent. Unfortunately the plot was somewhat predictable, and I found the main character's lack of agency frustrating. However, it was a good quick read and the twists keep coming, moving the plot along nicely. It almost felt like a domestic suspense novel, with the focus on the main character's dilemma of whether (and how much) to trust her husband.

Beatricksy Nov 14, 2018

I could never call this a good book. I'm probably not even going to remember it in a week. But man, is it a zippy, popcorn thriller *made* for lazy beaches and short attention spans. Did you know you can just stick random thumb drives into super secure computers at the CIA and not get caught? If you wanna steal a ton of paperwork from a secure office, just duct-tape it to your back. No one will notice your shell of dead-tree-mulch beneath your sweat shirt. It's cool.

It's a story about marriage and how much you can trust someone or shouldn't trust someone, and in the end she shouldn't trust anyone and the day is saved (???) by men I guess so like, good career woman show us your ways and all. But you're here for two CIA agents literally meeting at the Reflecting Pond in the early morning watching ducks gorge themselves on bread crumbs while side-mouthing state secrets at each other, not because you wanted hand-wringing earnest thoughts on fidelity. Right? Oh, you wanted the fidelity discussion? ...well, you can go read a different book, then; we're enjoying watching Baby Sleuthing Hour in which random desk agent sneaks into a Russian Sleeper Cell Safe House and expects everything to be sunny and every single forsaken person is a double or triple agent for Absolutely No Reason But The Plot Twists!

Hilarious, completely forgettable, and took like...four hours to read. It reminds me incredibly of Grisham's The Firm, even ending on an idyllic beach with money. Good stuff, yo. Pointless stuff, but good.

Nov 04, 2018

Great book!! New story line, great characters, good plot. New author can't wait to read more!!

Oct 21, 2018

Couldn't put it down, well done.

Sep 20, 2018

I found it to be one of the most boring books I've ever read. Cleveland really didn't put her best into it for being a a former CIA analyst, if she was one at all. I question it.

Save your time. It is worthless. Too bad I spent the time reading it. What is ever worst is the resources it took to make it.

Sep 09, 2018

Great writing and excellent story. A novel must have both!
Can,t wait for her next book!

ArapahoeAlice Aug 17, 2018

I was constantly guessing what would happen next and couldn't predict it. I loved how the CIA agent, Vivian, was constantly torn between her loyalty to the CIA and serving her country, and taking care of her four children. If you love intricate suspense, don't miss this book

Aug 15, 2018

Excellent book! Once you finish reading chapter one, you will be hooked! Suspenseful, and thrilling. This is a must read. If you like the tv show "The Americans" or "Homeland", then this is the book for you. I would rate this a 5*'s.

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