When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.
Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.
Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.
Pub Date: 3/21/17
Atria / 37 Ink
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Christina Kovac's debut novel, The Cutaway, is a drama that drags readers in and doesn't let go until the mystery is solved. Its heroine, Virginia Knightly, is a savvy news producer that takes on a missing persons case that blows up into a big news piece. To keep her station in the lead and protect the dignity of this unknown woman, Virginia dedicates her resources to discovering the truth about Evelyn Carney.
Though The Cutaway is anything but average, its mystery is a classic 'whodunit' as Virginia faces deception and subterfuge. No part of Evelyn Carney's disappearance is straightforward, not even the witnesses or Virginia's sources. It's pretty easy to take a stab at who the culprit is early on in the novel, but this is one time where it doesn't detract from the story. Kovac utilizes the greed and corruption of public officials to create red herrings and suspicion. The story has an even fast pace bringing readers all the excitement of a thriller and entertainment of a well executed plot. There's even time for the beginnings of a steamy romance.
Like reaching into a hat filled with diamonds and pulling out a piece of gold, The Cutaway is a mystery in its own class. Its fresh and unique take on unraveling a complex mystery is so gripping that I'm surprised this is only Christina Kovac's debut! This is the mystery to read this spring!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
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