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I am going to say this, I have to say this, I am forced to say this screaming out loud

The book was nothing but adrenaline filled pages of action!!

I read the book from midnight to 3 am with fear and panic coursing through my veins, my heart in my mouth. Absolutely petrified for the main character. Imagining the words brought out a new wave of rush and excitement. Everything was felt so deeply in the darkness of the night.

Vivian was a senior level CIA analyst coding new algorithms to find out the Russian sleeper cells. While using a software to peruse the computer of one such handler, Yury, she came across a folder with pictures of 5 agents, and looking at them destroyed everything she knew as her truth – ONE OF THEM WAS HER HUSBAND!!

The entire book was a roller coaster which took deep turns in its plot. Every time the twist occurred, I thought I was in the abyss, one from which I would never surface. Viv wanted to protect her children and family, deleted the file, but it was still on the CIA server. The Russians via her husband Matt, gave her a pen drive to switch the server back, deleting the file permanently, and doing that caused her to become a pawn playing for the Russians and committing treason. Would she ever get out of this vicious cycle?

I loved the way the author Karen Cleveland portrayed Viv, a mother and a wife, wanting the best for her family, being pushed to such despair that she didn’t know whom to believe. Could she really trust her Russian spy husband? I couldn’t and I didn’t!!

After the doozies I had read in the beginning of the month, I needed a WOWZA, and this book gave me, my love for books, back. There might have been many niggles, such a story always has. But I just wanted to coast the pages at a jetting speed, shutting the analysis part of my brain, leaving the rest to enjoy the bliss that came from pure terror and action!!

Whew!! A fab midnight read!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Random House Transworld, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!

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Do you love such midnight reads of pure adrenaline?

Karen Cleveland spent eight years as a CIA analyst, focusing on counterterrorism and working briefly on rotation to the FBI. She has master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Harvard University. She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two young sons.

Married for ten years. Four children. She thought she knew her husband better than anyone.
She was wrong.

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.

Publication Date: 7th February 2019

Publisher: Random House, Transworld

46 Responses

  1. Your review makes me want to drop out of sight and read this right now. I wish I had your super reader brain and could absorb 300 pages in 3 hours!

        1. Hahaha… Random house has this on wish for it… Hence I wished… No idea if they would gift me. They might… As book has a lot of negative reviews… 🤷🏻‍♀️

  2. Wonderful review Shalini. So glad you loved this book! I am not a big spy thriller lover, but you sure made this one sound like I should give this genre another try.

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