The Cutaway: A Novel

Author: Christina Kovac
Book supplied by Atria Books and NetGalley
Type: Mystery/Thriller
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Reviewed by 2shay

Release day March 21, 2017
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Book Blurb:

The Cutaway draws you into the tangled world of corruption and cover-up as a young television producer investigates the disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer in this stunning psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

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.

About The Author:

Christina Kovac worked for seventeen yeanrs managing Washington, DC newsrooms and producing crime and political stories in the District. Her career as television journalist began with Fox Five’s Ten O’Clock News, and after that, the ABC affiliate in Washington. For the last nine years, she worked at NBC News, where she worked for Tim Russert and provided news coverage for Meet the Press, the Today show, Nightly News, and others. Christina Kovac lives with her family outside of Washington, DC. The Cutaway is her first novel.

This author knows the news business. That’s pretty obvious if you read the section about the author. I loved every page. I haven’t been so invested in an investigative news book since I first read Pamela Clare’s I-Team series. Christina Kovac delivers in a big way!
Her main character, Virginia Knightly, has depth, intelligence, persistence, determination, ambition and a voracious appetite for a breaking story. What she doesn’t have is much of a personal life. She has chances at a personal life…love, commitment, the whole nine yards, but she keeps avoiding getting too close. She loves her team, she loves her work…but she can’t let herself fall for a man. She did it once. It didn’t end well.
When the missing notice for Evelyn Carney hits her desk, Virginia’s instinct for a big story kicks into overdrive. I got little clues throughout the story, and because of the search for Evelyn, of Virginia’s ability to focus. She is relentless.
Virginia navigates through office politics with a new boss, police politics, betrayals, lies and half truths. Dealing with an old boyfriend, Commander Michael Ledger, as she tried to find out what the police department knew and when, was almost enough to divert her. She really didn’t want to deal with him. Dealing with feelings she doesn’t want to face for her partner and news anchor, Ben, while keeping the new boss, Mellay from decimating her staff were conflicting with her hunt for Evelyn. She had a lot to deal with.
I think Ms. Kovac has a burning need to see women empowered, and find justice for those who are victimized. I think she has found the perfect vehicle in Virginia Knightly. I hope to see much more of both of these talented ladies…the author and her brainchild.


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