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NEED TO KNOW is the most relentless thriller you will read all year - hard hitting with an emotional depth that surprises and a plot that will keep you guessing until the very last word – this takes domestic suspense in an exhilarating new direction

PERFECT HUSBAND. PERFECT FATHER. PERFECT LIAR?

‘You'll devour this terrific debut like the rest of us, skipping lunch, losing sleep, turning pages until the end.’ JOHN GRISHAM

‘Hold on tight! What a story, brilliantly told. A gripping espionage thriller with real psychological depth. More modern than tomorrow.’ TERRY HAYES

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?

‘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

‘Karen Cleveland is the real deal – an exciting new voice in thrillers.’ PATRICIA CORNWELL

‘I raced through this gripping tale of domesticity and deceit. Cleveland deliciously ratchets up the tension at every turn . . . you won’t be able to put it down until the final, stunning page!’ SHARI LAPENA

‘Heart-poundingly suspenseful and heart-wrenchingly insightful, Need to Know hums with authentic detail, crisp storytelling, and characters that will long stay in your thoughts.’ J. P. DELANEY

Reviews

Hold on tight! What a story, brilliantly told. A gripping espionage thriller with real psychological depth. More modern than tomorrow.

TERRY HAYES, author of I AM PILGRIM

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

I raced through this gripping tale of domesticity and deceit. Cleveland deliciously ratchets up the tension at every turn . . . you won't be able to put it down until the final, stunning page!

SHARI LAPENA, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

Karen Cleveland is the real deal - an exciting new voice in thrillers.

Patricia Cornwell

Heart-poundingly suspenseful and heart-wrenchingly insightful, NEED TO KNOW hums with authentic detail, crisp storytelling, and characters that will long stay in your thoughts.

J. P. DELANEY, author of THE GIRL BEFORE

Need to Know carves out a uniquely compelling space among thrillers: high-stakes international intrigue combined with high-drama domestic suspense. These richly overlapping layers of tension create a fast-paced, relentlessly gripping read.

CHRIS PAVONE, author of THE EXPATS

First word to last, I needed to know! Karen Cleveland's spy thriller about a wife, mother and CIA analyst on the prowl for a Russian cell is a timely dance of intrigue and deception. There are two female heroes here . . . the author, an actual CIA analyst, and the terrific protagonist she creates. One of my favourite espionage thrillers in a long time.

JULIA HEABERLIN, author of BLACK-EYED SUSANS

Gripping, tense, and packed full of insider knowledge. A need-to-read.

MICK HERRON, author of Dead Lions

Need to Know is a pure page-turner . . . a brilliantly executed spy thriller with a terrific female lead. I raced through it in a weekend.

PAULA DALY, author of THE MISTAKE I MADE

You'll devour this terrific debut like the rest of us, skipping lunch, losing sleep, turning pages until the end, where we're all left waiting for more.

JOHN GRISHAM

An early contender for next year's Gone Girl

British GQ

Dramatic and gripping . . . a tense and original thriller

Literary Review

Annoyingly for hype-haters, NEED TO KNOW is pretty great too . . . a former CIA analyst has had the neat idea of combining the old-school paranoia of the spy story with the more modern paranoia of the domestic thriller.

Reader's Digest

If you liked THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, try NEED TO KNOW by Karen Cleveland . . . Thrillers don't get much more twisty and turny than this one. If you don't mind staying up reading til 3am, this is the one for you.

BBC Arts and Entertainment, 'Books To Look Out For in 2018'

An impressively taut and dynamic debut.

Mail on Sunday

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780593079607

    January 29, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $37.00

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  • Hardback

    9780593079591

    February 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    RRP $40.00

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    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

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