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The Cutaway: A Thriller Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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“The Newsroom meets Gone Girl” (Cosmopolitan)
"An insider's look at TV news and the real workings of Washington DC, The Cutaway combines relentless pace, a compelling story, and a truly memorable protagonist. Terrific." (Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Suspicion and The Switch)
"Readers will want to see more of this tenacious, lovable heroine." (Publishers Weekly STARRED Review)
"A smart, highly satisfying story of crime, politics, the media, and ruthless ambition. With an insider’s knowledge of how to do everything from produce a live TV shoot, trade tips with cops during an investigation, or navigate the complex dynamics of gender in the modern workplace, Kovac brings intelligence and breathless plotting to The Cutaway. The result is sensational, in the best sense of the word." (Thomas Mullen, author of DARKTOWN)
"THE CUTAWAY" is as clever as its title, a smart, fast-paced thriller that rolls through the murky waters of D.C. media and politics that Christina Kovac knows so well. Virginia Knightly, the television news producer at the heart of this story, makes her debut with all the panache and style you wish the evening news still had." (Neely Tucker, author of Only The Hunted Run and Washington Post national desk correspondent)
“Former D.C. newsroom manager Kovac knows her milieu and portrays it vividly in this smart, absorbing mix of media, politics, and mystery, with twists and turns to the end.” (Booklist)
"A fast-paced and exciting story set in the glitz, glamour, and danger of DC.” (E.P. Clarke)
“A great story that has romance, intrigue, and great dialogue. It is also a walking tour of the nation’s capital and a peek behind the scenes of politics, justice, and the news business.” (PAULDALEANDERSON)
“...a fast-paced, engrossing adult mystery whose biggest strengths are its top-notch writing, a noble protagonist, and the many fascinating insights Kovac shares about the world of television journalism.” (Eve Messenger’s OtherWORDly Endeavors)
“...this will appeal to readers who enjoy (Paula) Hawkins and (Gillian) Flynn, though Kovac has her own voice.” (Mirkat Always Reading)
“Smart, strong, well drawn women characters add an extra dimension to this page-turning thriller, looking at the greed and power of the politically connected through a feminist lens.” “Smart, strong, well drawn women characters add an extra dimension to this page-turning thriller, looking at the greed and power of the politically connected through a feminist lens.” (Genrefluent)
"A crackling thriller." (B&N Reads, March's Best New Thrillers)
"Fast-paced and captivating,” (RT Book Reviews)
“This book tics a lot of items on my list: DC based-check, murder mystery-check, bulldog investigative journalist-check, legal thriller-check. Lot to like about this. Sure do hope Kovac isn’t a one & done." (Men Reading Books)
“Cosmopolitan called it ‘The Newsroom’ meets ‘Gone Girl.’ They are wrong. It is better." (Andrew Boylan)
"I would be hard-pressed to find a book more timely than The Cutaway." (BOLO Books)
About the Author
Christina Kovac worked for seventeen years 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.
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This is a whip-smart, witty book with solid writing and interesting characters, and it dips its toes into contemporary sociopolitical issues in a way that made me want more. At the same time, it's almost compulsively readable. All in all, a highly satisfying read.
One of the main things I loved about this book is the perspective it was told from. To have the story given from the news side is not only unique, but it gave the story more intrigue. I definitely wasn't expecting to be so invested with this book.
The characters and plot are so well developed in this book. There wasn't a part in the book that I thought drug or made me want to roll my eyes. (Yes, that happens more often than I would like to admit.) I thought I had it all figured out, then I didn't, then I did... Then I thought the book was ending, but it wasn't finished yet.
Kovac truly has a gift of storytelling. I have had this book stuck in the back of my head for days. DAYS. I can't stop going back to thinking about it. I highly recommend this book to just about anyone. If you can read, then you should read this book.
Admittedly, some of my enthusiasm stems from the subject matter; I spent 16 years of my full-time working life in the news business - albeit the print side - and I'm fairly familiar with broadcast journalism as well. The combination of the TV news station setting and murder sounded right up my alley - and to that end, it couldn't have been more perfect. I will not, however, deem it a "thriller" by my definition; the story moves along at a fast pace and every single page kept and held my complete attention, but only a small section actually pushed me to the edge of my seat.
The story begins as seasoned and highly capable TV news producer Virginia Knightly is notified that a young attorney from Georgetown has gone missing. That alone wouldn't be enough to cause her nose for news to twitch, but then clues begin to indicate that a closer sniff may be in order. The woman was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant - certainly not in a high-crime area - after reportedly having a row with her husband. Besides that, the police seem to be treating the case as a high profile despite the lack of evidence that it qualifies (at least not yet).
She's thwarted from the start, though, by change-ups in her newsroom; without warning, she's demoted from her top spot, and she's told her evening news anchor will be replaced, ostensibly in an attempt to boost ratings. Worse, the jobs of other colleagues she's used to working with and for whom she has the utmost respect are being threatened. If she ignores her boss's instruction and goes off on her own to dig up the story behind the missing woman, then, it's possible she'll put not only her job, but those of her good friends on the chopping block.
But investigate she does, and that puts her back in touch with old flame Michael Ledger, a detective with whom she had a fling not all that long ago. He dumped her, in fact, then got married, had a couple of kids and divorced, in that order. Back then, Virginia trusted him totally; but based on where the trail is leading now - through the sometimes shadowy halls of Washington, D.C., politics, business and law enforcement - she isn't so sure that's a good plan.
Brick walls spring up at just about every turn as Virginia and her team search for cooperative witnesses and second sources and honor "off-the-record" agreements - all hallmarks of responsible journalism - to bring the truth to the viewing public (alternative facts? Let's not even go there). Getting an inside look at that process in and of itself makes this book a winner in my book (and it didn't hurt that for some inexplicable reason I envisioned Holly Hunter every time Virginia appeared).
Bottom line? My thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Highly recommended!
The Cutaway is a fabulous mystery. The characters are well-crafted and intelligently developed. I really liked the Washington D.C. and television station setting. Virginia Knightly is a talented television producer who becomes involved in investigating the disappearance of a young female attorney. As the story gets stranger and stranger, Virginia finds herself pursuing the crime on her own. Kovac includes numerous clever red herrings, but the story remains believable and culminates in a highly satisfying finale. I think comparing The Cutaway to Gone Girl is a disservice to The Cutaway. This book is a creative, smart, well-written mystery that I highly recommend. Thanks to NetGalley and Atria for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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