NEED TO KNOW by Karen Cleveland

Need to Know

In pursuit of a Russian sleeper cell on American soil, a CIA analyst uncovers a dangerous secret that will test her loyalty to the agency—and to her family.

What do you do when everything you trust might be a lie?

Vivian Miller is a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States. On track for a much-needed promotion, she’s developed a system for identifying Russian agents, seemingly normal people living in plain sight.

After accessing the computer of a potential Russian operative, Vivian stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents within America’s borders. A few clicks later, everything that matters to her—her job, her husband, even her four children—are threatened.

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?

Who can she trust? Not a soul!

From the outside they look like your average family. Parents who love each other, their children and their jobs. Juggling life much as we all do. And they are. Or they were. Or is it all just an illusion?

I think what makes this such a good thriller is that not only is the premise possible but it is actually probable! Russian sleeper cells, the Feds, the CIA, the entire story is taut with suspense.

How far would you go to protect your family unit? To keep the illusion alive?

My issue with the book is how did someone who is a counterterrorism analyst for the CIA be so oblivious to her own personal life? From the beginning she seems disconnected from her children, and she keeps saying how much she wants to quit work and stay at home with them, but she is so easily manipulated by her husband that in the end all I could say was “I knew it.” I’m sure this will make a great movie, it is written very much like one.

Netgalley/Random House   January 23, 2018

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A Serial Killer Kind of Week!

The Silent Girls: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Anna Gwynne Crime Series Book 1) by [Young, Dylan] ‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

Perish (A Gardiner and Renner Novel) by [Black, Lisa] Bestselling author Lisa Black takes readers on a nail biting journey to the dark side of justice as forensic expert Maggie Gardiner discovers troubling new details about her colleague Jack Renner, a homicide detective with a brutal approach to law and order . . .
I'll Stay by [Day, Karen] In this compelling, emotionally complex novel, a college friendship sparks a life-changing sacrifice that connects two women forever–even as it shatters their closeness . . .

“Let her go. I’ll stay.”

The First Family: A Novel by [Palmer, Michael, Palmer, Daniel] The President’s teenaged son is threatened by a potentially fatal illness that is rooted in dark secrets from a long-buried past.

Night Moves: An Alex Delaware Novel by [Kellerman, Jonathan] The #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of the psychological thriller makes all the right moves in this new novel of spellbinding suspense.

What is everyone starting the year off reading? These are mine for this week. Looks nice and scary!

 

The Best of My 2017 Awards!

It’s true. Today is your last reading day of the year! Have you met your Goodreads Challenge? All caught up on your Netgalley Reviews? Happy to say yes, I am. And following are some but by no means all of the best in their genres.

Best Debut Fiction:   Jennifer Irwin for A Dress The Color of The Sky. A book about addictions and breaking cycles. Movie rights have already been grabbed by Reese Witherspoon! I admire Jennifer so much for her work ethic and her writing skills!

A Dress the Color of the Sky

Best Historical Fiction: Katherine Arden for the follow-up to her award-winning The Bear and The Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower which was just as brilliant as the first book!

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

Best Thriller: Karin Slaughter with The Good Daughter. Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

The Good Daughter

Best Suspense Thriller: J.T.Ellison with Lie to Me. This was such a web of lies and deceit, you won’t unravel it until the spider is ready to jump!

Lie to Me

Best Crime Thriller:  Don Winslow with The Force. Another brilliant contribution by a favorite author! No one does crime like Winslow!

The Force

Best Horror Crime: J.D.Barker with The Fourth Monkey! Fans of the movie Se7en meets The Silence of the Lambs in this dark and twisting novel from the author Jeffery Deaver called, A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind.”

 

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller, #1)

Best Cozy Mystery: A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron

A Cajun Christmas Killing (Cajun Country Mystery #3)

Best Non-Fiction: Helene Cooper with Madame President.The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Best Mystery: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Emma in the Night

Best Cookbook:  The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews

The Beach House Cookbook

Best General Fiction: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward who blew my mind with this book set in my Mississippi town.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

There could be hundreds more of the over 200 I read this year, but all of these I have read more than once, so that says a lot when you have a TBR list as long as mine.

What were your Best Reads of the Year?

So 2017 all I can say to you is Good bye!

THE WORLD BELONGS TO THOSE WHO READ

Reading some really interesting, educational, and fun reads this week.

The Girls in the Picture is full of old Hollywood Legends and their rivalries. The Undertaker’s Daughter is taking place at a funeral home and my book boyfriend Stone Barrington is back from Stuart Woods doing his naughty and nice thing with Quick and Dirty.

In the meantime I’m also reading a really good thriller!  The big story however is the temperature. 24 degrees when I woke up. That is totally unacceptable and Mother Nature needs to get her stuff together. I can not handle the freezing cold and Donald Trump. Pick one and take care of it girl!

Stay warm. Read a Book. Learn something. Be Nice.

xx Patricia

 

What Did You Read This Week?

A Little Bit of Grace by Phoebe Fox https://www.amazon.com/dp/1635112885/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_ZS2dAb8W8R9TQ Need to Know by Karen Cleveland Historical Fiction 2018. The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin. Story of the friendship of the early Hollywood starlets Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. Two Girls Down A Wedding At Two Love Lane by [Kramer, Kieran] 

These got cleared from the TBR pile from Netgalley this week. It was a nice mix of genres and a new author.

Today I’m starting a new manuscript and I am really excited to get my hands on this one. A Political Thriller… although in today’s political climate, it could be true!

Enjoy your Saturday!

xx Patricia

What’s on the Reading List this week?

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Well last week’s books are done. Reviews in the draft folder waiting for release days. All in all they were pretty good. I only had one that was a waste of time, but the sad part is that it could have been good. Sometimes we forget quality is better than quantity.

So this week we have:

The Dark Lake by [Bailey, Sarah]

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic Book 1) by [Harper, Molly]

Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (Realms of Ancient, The) by [Beiko, S. M.]

A lot of different genres here but I think they are all going to be good! I just finished Catherine Coulter’s Enigma. One of the FBI Series that I adore. And it was really good! More about that later!

xx Patricia

 

What I’m Reading This Week!

I just finished reading a rather long book called The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow. If you get a chance to snag a copy, give it a read! For Musicians and Musicologists it is a rare gem!

This week I must drag myself out of Prague and WWII to enjoy the three books that I need to finish.

Enigma (An FBI Thriller Book 21) by [Coulter, Catherine]   From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping 21st installment of the electrifying FBI Thriller series. I’ve followed this series since the beginning and they are some of my favorite characters! Release is Sept. 12th

The Girl in the Tower: A Novel by [Arden, Katherine] Another gorgeous book cover from the author of The Bear and The Nightingale.A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in this enchanting novel by the bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale  Due out Dec. 5th

Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters) by [Graham, Heather]   Another skillful thriller by Ms. Graham and the Krewe of Hunters     Due to Release on September 19th.

And of course I have a couple of Cosy Mysteries and a few cookbooks as well. So this week is packed and thank goodness it is with all the craziness going on in the real world!

Happy Reading!   Next week I have a special someone coming to talk to you about Children’s Books!