March 31, 2017

The Cutaway

The Cutaway

Christina Kovac

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*This review is based on an advanced reading copy. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read the book in exchange for an honest review*

This one was just okay for me. It seemed like a typical murder mystery, but the one thing I felt like it had that made it unique to me was the inside look into what the life of a reporter is like.

Goodreads 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."

First, I'm really sick of books being not compared to, but aligned with Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Both books have really shocking (to me) twists that you didn't see coming and that blow your mind the first time you read them. This didn't do it for me. Did I see the end coming? No. Does that mean it baffled me? Definitely not. I just wasn't excited enough to find the outcome of who killed these girls. I wasn't invested in Virginia either, she just really fell flat for me. All of the information about her personal life didn't matter, it just felt like stuffing and didn't add anything to the story itself.

2.5 stars

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