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    Great Debut

    Need To Know is the first book by Karen Cleveland so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a well written suspense/thriller. It is a standalone. There is violence. The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The storyline is a different take on sleeper cells and the people investigating them. This was well written for a debut novel and the author impressed me with her ability to create the moral dilemma the main characters faced. The characters are multidimensional and I couldn't help but relate to them. As usual, everything and everyone is not as it seems. This book has plenty of twists, turns, and surprises...right up to the very end. It is rare that a book surprises me all the way up to the last line. She left me wanting to know more.
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    Riveting debut novel!!!

    Within the first few pages, I knew this would be a book I couldn’t put down. CIA analysis Vivian searches for spies, cells, etc. connected to Russia. She’s making great progress until she opens a folder with five pictures, one of which is a person very close to her. This information is so unbelievable to her that she’s not sure how to proceed with the information. Protect this person, which will mean that she has committed treason or turn them in as her job dictates? You’ll have to read the book to find out! And just when you think you have figured everything out, the ending will completely blow you away.
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    Secrets Hidden

    This reminded me of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie True Lies. Long time spy Matt is married to Vivian and has four children. Vivian works for the CIA so is a perfect source of info for her Russian sleeper husband. Loyalties are tested and trust is destroyed. Who does anyone ever trust when the blindfold is removed?? A copy of this book was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    Roller Coaster Ride

    While I do love thrillers and suspense, I don't read a lot of CIA/Spy type stories, but the blurb for this one intrigued me. I started reading and I have to say that for most of the book, I wasn't sure how I would rate this one. I went back and forth between rolling my eyes at Vivian's decisions and being so aggravated with her that I wanted to shake her until her teeth rattled, especially a memory from the past would feature a big red flag. At the same time, I couldn't stop turning the pages. I had to see how it all came out. Then, I thought about her situation. It's easy to sit back with a bird's eye view and say what we would do in her shoes, but when faced with extreme circumstances, when everything we hold dear is on the line, what would we really do? In the end, I realized that this is not just a story about spies, it's also a tale of a seemingly good life disrupted by betrayal and deceit. The book is wonderfully written and any time that an author can keep me turning pages, stir up that much emotion, and leave me with gasp, she's done her job and done it well.
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