I was very intrigued after reading the description for this book.
Virginia Knightly is a young and intelligent TV producer. She is the only woman at her news station in a position of power. When a missing persons notice comes across her desk and catches her eye, she can’t shake the feeling that she knows the woman. Eventually she remembers that she saw her in a video clip. Virginia senses something from the woman’s reaction to whatever is happening. She can’t get the woman out of her head.
Virginia has a great memory. It’s not photographic, but her mind will grab on to an image and not let go. This can be helpful in her line of work. However, the downside to this “gift” is that she can’t ever get rid of the pictures either…which can be very painful at times.
“Be careful what your eyes take in. What you see becomes a part of you”
Virginia feels like she is meant to cover this story. The missing woman is a beautiful young attorney named Evelyn Carney. She was last seen leaving a restaurant where she met her husband for dinner. Apparently the dinner hadn’t gone well and she left in a distressed state.
No one has seen her since.
When Virginia is summoned to a meeting with the news director. He tells her there are going to be some layoffs at the station. Virginia is not happy, but he’s not done with the bad news. He tells her that for now, he is going to be overseeing content and production of the station…. which is Virginia’s job. He’s demoting her but tells her it’s just for the time being, that HE’S going to get things back on track. She’s livid but the missing woman’s case helps distract her.
Virginia thinks this story will help her get her job back. But it means doing things a little differently. She starts to investigate on her own with some help from an anchorman, Ben as well as her ex-boyfriend, Michael Ledger who is the lead detective on the case.
She gets her hands on Evelyn’s journal and learns how ambitious she is. She wonders if Evelyn’s ambition got her involved in something she couldn’t get out of. What about the people in Evelyn’s life…..her angry husband? a new lover? a prominent prosecutor? a former professor? Virginia wonders who knows more than they are saying. But as she continues her investigation, things start happening that make it obvious she isn’t just putting her career in jeopardy, but possibly her life.
Where is Evelyn?
Virginia is a great character. An intelligent woman who has a strength many would envy. She likes the mystery behind her stories, she’s addicted to figuring out the unknown, determined to get answers. She won’t take garbage from anyone but she’s also very caring and honest. I liked a lot of the characters but had a hard time connecting with some of them.
I enjoyed seeing how things worked behind the scenes. The media, police, and politics quite often go hand in hand. I could see how chasing a story could become addictive. The high you get when you get that perfect shot or when you break the story. It sounds intense.
It took me a little while to get into the story. But it picked up as I kept reading. As well as working the case, Virginia’s also trying to deal with some personal issues. I found her story interesting. It gave some insight into what makes her tick. The second half of the book gripped me and definitely made up for the slow start. I liked how it all came together in the end.
All in all ‘The Cutaway’ was an interesting read. Suspenseful with some good twists and turns. A missing woman, secrets, possible corruption, conspiracies and cover-ups. I was excited to find out what happened.
A very good debut novel. I look forward to reading more from Christina Kovac.
Thank you NetGalley, Atria Books, and Christina Kovac for providing an advanced copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.