It’s another fantastic release day over here at Jenn Blogs Books. The Cutaway by Christina Kovac releases today on all major platforms! I was extremely lucky to snag an early copy of this book that has been on my radar for awhile. This book is a thriller with a different spin, the main character is a TV news producer digging into a murder.
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.
My honest review:
As I stated above The Cutaway is a different type of thriller. I have never read a book where the main investigators in a murder all work for a TV news station. That background added a bit of extra drama to the novel. There is constant conflict between all the characters at the news station which added a level of distrust right from the start.
Distrust is actually a very common theme throughout this book. Every time I thought I knew who was involved in the murder the person ended up dead or cleared of suspicion. I enjoyed being kept on my toes although the constant uncertainty was a bit stressful.
There is a lot of investigating in this book that is completely different from your typical police-led thriller. Anonymous sources, live action shots, and illegal surveillance just to name a few. For all the risks that Virginia takes to find out the truth she was rarely armed which unnerved me to no end.
I did find certain parts of the novel to be a bit slow. I know that is mainly because of the TV news angle and the necessary sub-plot lines in the story. For me I would have preferred a little less drama. The ending was a bit underwhelming after all the intenseness for most of the novel. I wanted a bit more violence or action to be included in the capture of the murderer. The book is still a solid thriller that is a unique spin on what could be a common story line.
I look forward to reading more Christina Kovac books in the future. Her writing is concise and to the point. I always knew what she was trying to convey in any given scene, and she has a real knack for making you want to look over your shoulder while reading.
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