Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

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Karen Cleveland is an American writer, born in 1982. Need to Know is her first novel (2017). Learn more about the author, her book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Before she began writing, Karen Cleveland was a FBI agent and worked for more than eight years as a CIA analyst, as part of which role she regularly wrote briefs for the US president, the last six years being dedicated to counterterrorism.

Karen holds master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and from Harvard University.

She lives in northern Virginia, U.S., with her husband and their two children.

Need to Know is her debut novel (2017). It was translated into Spanish in February 2018, the book being titled Toda la verdad (

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Perfect husband. Perfect father. Perfect liar?

Do you really know who you kissed goodbye this morning?

The New York Times bestselling thriller that everyone is talking about

‘You won’t be able to put it down!’ Shari Lapena, author of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR

‘Heart-poundingly suspenseful’ J. P. Delaney, author of THE GIRL BEFORE

‘An immensely satisfying story with serpentine twists and turns . . . ingenious and compelling’ Daily Mail

You get to work. Make a coffee. Turn on your computer.

Your task: break into a Russian criminal’s laptop and find proof that he’s concealing five deep-cover agents – seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

You’re in. Five faces stare back at you.

One of them is your husband.


‘This compulsive, clever thriller will have you reading long into the night’ Red

‘If you liked THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, try NEED TO KNOW . . . thrillers don’t get much more twisty and turny than this one’ BBC Arts and Entertainment ‘Books to Look Out for in 2018’

‘Impressively compelling’ Mail on Sunday

‘The heart-stopping plot barely lets up pace throughout this brilliant novel’ Heat

‘You’ll devour this terrific debut like the rest of us’ JOHN GRISHAM


‘Superb’ LEE CHILD

‘Remarkable’ Sunday Times Magazine *Thriller of the Month*

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