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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Tatiana Boncompagni (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989909409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989909402
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We may not be at beach read season quite yet, but Tatiana Boncompagni's third novel Social Death is ripe for inclusion on this year's must-read list." --Town & Country magazine

"A savvy page-turner centered around the murder of a Manhattan socialite. It has plenty of society intrigue and even more suspense." --Refinery29.com

"Social Death is a breathless thriller that takes the reader deep inside the worlds of television news and glitterati New York." --Stuart Woods, New York Times bestselling author of Unintended Consequences

"Best Spring Break Read...each page seems to turn itself." -- Bagsnob.com

"Hot Book" -- Star magazine

About the Author

Tatiana Boncompagni is an award-winning journalist and the author of Social Death, Hedge Fund Wives, and Gilding Lily. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.

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Tatiana Boncompagni is a New York-based author and journalist. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Town & Country, Marie Claire, InStyle and Vogue.

She is the author of three novels-- Gilding Lily, Hedge Fund Wives, and Social Death: A Clyde Shaw Mystery.

Tatiana was born in South Dakota and grew up in Tennessee and Minnesota, where she spent most of her time either on a bike or playing in the woods, letting her imagination run wild. She is married, has three young children and splits her time between Manhattan and a farm in the Hudson Valley, where her children and imagination are (mostly) allowed to roam free.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By littlemissrockstar on April 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for an honest review.

Social Death

Clyde Shaw makes her living as a top news producer for First News. Clyde has seen many things and been involved in many breaking news stories. But Clyde is about to experience more than just a breaking story- she is about to face a life-changing news story.

When Clyde gets a phone call about a murder at a ritzy apartment building, she wonders who it is and tries to contact her best friend, Olivia, to get the inside scoop. But Olivia cannot help Clyde because she is the story. Olivia has been beaten to death and Clyde vows to get to the bottom of the story and bring Olivia’s killer to justice.

This is going to be a hard case because of Clyde’s personal connection to Olivia and because all the other news stations are looking to scoop each other. Clyde feels frustrated because it seems like she is getting scooped by the other networks. Clyde wants to honor her friendship with Olivia, but as the other networks start to play dirty and reveal things about Olivia- Clyde begins to worry about her job and desperately crave a drink.

As Clyde gets closer to the truth, the stakes get higher- and it becomes not just about finding out what who killed Olivia, but all the secrets she knew.

And what she meant by the last text sent to Clyde…..

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Wow. After reading SOCIAL DEATH, I know how cut-throat the news world can be. Clyde is an incredible character- flawed, oh so flawed; but with a goodness about her.

The mystery had enough twists and turns- as the reader I thought I had it figured out a couple of times, but not really.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Zdyb on April 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of this author for years and anxiously awaited this novel. Why? Her stories reflect the glamorous side of New York City, sure, but also address the real, gritty and sometimes ugly building blocks that hold up even the grandest apartment buildings at the very best addresses. The author knows what she is talking about - she lives on the Upper East Side and has rubbed elbows with the top names in the social scene (and emerged unscathed). Here is a writer who can take her (mostly) glamourous reality, add a twist of serious suspense and create a must read book that you can devour on the beach, in your bed on a rainy day or just about anywhere. I am a book snob and I highly recommend it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Annie McDonnell on March 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Tatiana introduced us to a female lead character with plenty of; what many of us would consider “moral flaws”. This made her very real to me, and not just some fictional character that was created on paper. She was a very relatable character. I liked her. A lot.

Cornelia “Clyde” Shaw is the new lead character in Tatiana’s third novel, and I swallowed this book whole. I finished it in two sittings!

This novel is based on Clyde becoming wrapped up in the story of her lifetime. She was the lead producer of any stories relating to brutal crimes at FirstNews, one of New York’s go to News Networks.

When she receives the call about the next crime she was to cover, little did she know it would be the vicioius murder of her lifelong best friend, Olivia Kravis. This fast-paced, “turn the page as quickly as you can” novel took me inside the world of television news and all that it takes to really get the story. Often, this involved getting anything on the screen!

The question is; can Clyde do this, since she was so close to the victim.

There was so much action between Network competitions, this book left no stone unturned. From leads and informants, to interviews and photographs my eyes were opened to a totally new way of looking at the news reports. I was in awe of how truly intriguing it all was.

Both the first line and the last line in this book were sheer perfection. The first line, was “telling it like it is” and the last line, was unexpected.

Startling!

“Did not see that coming”, is all I can say. I have found that it is not often that a novelist can truly “shock” the reader these days. Tatiana proved me wrong.

Clyde Series, Anyone?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Simply Stacie on March 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
I recently had the pleasure of reading Tatiana Boncompagni’s newest novel, Social Death, and I was hooked from the very first chapter. Clyde Shaw is a television news producer in NYC and is sent to a scene where a murder has just occurred. She has a friend who lives in the building so she gives her a call to see if she can get the inside scoop on what is happening. Unfortunately, her friend, Olivia, is not answering her phone. Then Clyde discovers that Olivia is actually the murder victim! You can imagine the shock and horror she felt learning this news. As a reader, I wondered what I would do if I was Clyde. I probably wouldn’t have held it together as well as she did.

Naturally, the network asks if Clyde would like some time off to grieve, but Clyde is focused on finding what happened to her best friend. I think that is what helped her grieve. I would want to know what happened too.

I would describe Social Death as a mystery novel. Clyde is learning pieces of the puzzle and trying to put them together to make sense of it all and figure out what happened. I only had an inkling of who the killer might be towards the very end of the book. I like that it wasn’t too obvious and it made me want to keep reading more to uncover the truth surrounding Olivia’s death.

I loved Clyde’s character. She was real with flaws like the rest of us and has made mistakes in her past. She is a good person at heart who wants to do the right thing. I also admire how gutsy and brave she is. There was a couple scenes in the book that I would have been to scared to ever attempt, but Clyde was determined and didn’t let obstacles get in her way.

I also found it very interesting to go behind the scenes into the world of television news reporting. I never realized just how competitive it was to be the first to “break” the story.

The ending was a shocker! I think there will be more Clyde Shaw books coming and I can’t wait to read more.
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