Need to Know by Karen Cleveland; 2018; $26.00; 286 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 978-5247-9702-7, checked out from Multnomah County Library, St. Johns; 2/3/18-2/5/18
Why did I read this? I found a really good site, The Real Book Spy, that reviews thrillers and makes recommendations. This is a debut novel that was highly recommended.
The main character is a married CIA analyst with 4 kids who works on the Russia desk. She has developed an algorithm that lets her find Russian sleeper agents in the United States. She gets into the computer of one of the handlers and is clicking through the pictures of his agents and recognizes one of them, her husband. The story would end suddenly if she turned him in so she begins to rationalize doing other things. Her life takes several turns that seem amazing and unlikely. There are twist that will throw you for a loop. I didn’t like the non linear structure of the story.