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!!
All my reviews can be found here
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
👍…your review had me hooked
The book had be hooked and I couldn’t leave it ❤️
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!
This book just does it DJ… I couldn’t let go and I was bleary eyed the whole day is another issue… Fab book..
I loved this, too, Shalini! Oh so good! So much action! Wonderful review!
Thank you Jennifer… I didn’t know it had released a while ago..
She has a new one coming out that I really want to read too!
Yes, I love midnight reads of pure adrenaline! It’s been awhile since a book did that to me . Thanks for reviewing this one!
This was fabulous Priscilla… 😍❤️Thank you for your sweet comments and for your support. You are amazing
Agree…agreed.. a five star book for me as well. Enjoyed reading your review, Shalini!
Marialyce, thank you so much ❤️
Wowza. Not my usual kinds read but the blurb and your review…. well… my attention in caught!
It was a super wowza 😂😂😍😍
Absolutely fantastic review!!! I will be reading this ❤️
Read it…. It was simply amazing 😍
I do enjoy spy thrillers, so will add this to my TBR list.
This was not exactly a spy thriller but a wife and a mother caught in the web
After reading your review I shall definitely be adding this to my TBR! It sounds like an exhilarating book.
This was really rocking just wow 😍
Great book review, Shalini!
Thank you so much Amber ❤️
Oh man now I have to read this, it sounds like an absolutely freaking pulse pounding read 😲 I am in. Thank you so much as always for this AWESOME review my dear friend 😉
Aww Jody… This was simply amazing… Kept me awake the whole night… How you like it too ❤️
Middle of the night page turner for sure! In your review, I feel like I was there!
Aww that is so sweet of you to say that. This book kept me deep in its clutches
Perhaps this is my kind of book.
Thank you Shalini for the lovely review
Thank you Kurian 💖
You are the most welcome Shalini
Oh such a good book glad you loved! I just picked up her new book that comes out in June? I’m excited for it!
Omg omg, do you think I would be approved?
It’s random house how are they with you? Although I’m not sure who it is where you are? And if I could figure out why they approve and don’t approve I could make some money! LOL
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… 🤷🏻♀️
Well I will keep my fingers crossed and I will also keep my fingers crossed that I like the book!
Fingers and toes crossed 🤞
You are one fast reader Shalini!! This sounds fantastic!! I’ll see what I can find and where!
This was a fabulous read I loved it ❤️
Great review! This sounds like one I would absolutely love!
It was simply a rocking ride
Great review! This sounds very thrilling and totally action packed!
This was awesome, kept me awake
I picked this up from the charity shop today, I was unsure about actually starting it but after reading this I think I have no choice but to give it a go!
Yayy… I hope you enjoy it too
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.
This doesn’t have much of spy ARC but it is more about how a mother and a wife wars with her job as a CIA analyst
Okay, thanks, I think I will pass on this one.