Run and Hide

Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead.

Alan McDermott is the author of the Tom Gray Series and while Tom makes a brief appearance in this book, it’s Sonny and Len who see the action.

Called in to assist CIA trained Eva Driscoll who regularly and ruthlessly tracks down bad guys but has now stuck her nose in someone very high up’s business.

She knows her brother would never commit suicide and when other members of his unit start dying, she will stop at nothing to find out who and why this is happening and get justice for her brother.

If you like conspiracy theories, and who doesn’t, this is right up your alley. I know I have had a few of these thoughts myself and this book could not be more timely.

Eva is an interesting character and I would have loved to have known more about her. Her character is the one that stuck closest to a CIA operative. A ghost. We know nothing about her.

The same events told from the perspective of the good guys and then the bad guys was an interesting spin. I really liked the interaction with Sonny and Len. And I enjoyed the book.


Netgalley/Thomas and Mercer August 22, 2018



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