Need to Know
by Karen Cleaveland
Ballantine Books, 2018, 290 pgs. Fiction
Vivian Miller is a professional trying to balance work and family. What makes her situation unique is that she works at Langley as an analyst searching for Russian sleeper cells on American soil. The good news is that she is very good at her job. The bad news is that her most recent breakthrough will completely destroy her life and her family. How far will she go to protect her children and husband? How much can her country ask of her?
I haven’t read a good spy novel in ages and this was a pretty good reminder of why I really do enjoy the genre. Vivian is a very relatable character that you can’t help but root for her. I was left guessing at the loyalties of the different characters up until the very last page, which is always a good sign. Nothing groundbreaking but a solid addition to literary spydom.