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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,288 ratings  ·  345 reviews
The Newsroom meets Gone Girl.” —Cosmopolitan

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 disturbin
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by 37 Ink
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I kept questioning why I was holding off on reading this one; I've had it on my shelf since November and it kept feeling like it just wasn't the right time to read it. Now I know why; somehow my subconscious knew I needed to push pause until after we moved to Virginia! Come to find out, I'm practically neighbors with the author and I couldn't have been more pleased to read a novel set in my new surroundings of D.C. I think the timing was everything; the setting in this book was like an entirely ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 t
Larry H
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.

Two words: Awe. Some.

Seriously, I was in the mood for a good thriller and this fit the bill perfectly.

Virginia Knightly was once a talented television news reporter with tremendous potential, until the harsh realities of what she was reporting became a little too much for her to handle. She transitioned into the role of news producer and proved this was the job she was born to do—determining what is newsworthy and how best to cover it, wrangling and sweet-t
In Washington D.C., beautiful young attorney Evelyn Carney goes missing. She ran out of a restaurant after an argument with her husband and seemed to disappear into thin air soon after. Virginia Knightly, an executive producer at a news station, notices the city's Criminal Investigations Division latched on to the case immediately, even though there's no evidence of a crime. There has to be more to the story and she's determined to get the exclusive.

Virginia's struggling news station is desperat
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a thoroughly entertaining and absorbing debut with a strong sense of location in Washington DC with its dark arts of political intrigue and corruption. It is set in the high pressure, stressed, and highly competitive nature of TV news and gives a detailed and insightful look at how the business is run and the professional working lives of those within the industry. Virginia Knightly is an experienced news producer, overseeing content and production, who follows up the story of a missing ...more
The Cutaway by Christina Kovac is a 2017 Atria publication.

A solid debut!

This is another book that has been lingering around on my TBR pile for too long. In fact, it’s been hanging around so long the blurb was still comparing books to ‘Gone Girl’. Oy!

I think the newsroom premise is what prompted me to add this book to my list. Personally, investigative journalism is more interesting to me than standard police investigations. They tend to uncover the best scandals and conspiracies!!

In this ca
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
It was refreshing to read a mystery thriller told from a different perspective, than the typical fare.  There are no disgruntled urban detectives , no ex cops that have left the fold due to personal issues and no wise cracking, down on their luck, soft shoed, private investigators leading the chase, in this search for a missing Georgetown woman.  

Virginia Knightly is a TV news producer when she first sees the missing notice on her desk about Evelyn Carney, a beautiful Georgetown lawyer, last see
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Virginia Knightly is a 34 year old news producer in Washington, DC. One morning, she comes across a press release about a young attorney who is missing. Evelyn Carney was last seen eating dinner with her husband in a Georgetown restaurant. Virginia connects the image of Evelyn to video footage from one of her TV productions. Following her curiosity, Virginia starts to put together clues from Evelyn last few days.

The current atmosphere at Virginia’s TV station is tense after rumors of layoffs an
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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The Cutaway is a solid if somewhat uninspired thriller, with less of the psychological slant it claims, more standard "woman gone missing" stuff. Most of the characters come off a bit flat and less than fully realized, so it was a bit hard to be drawn into their personal struggles and romantic difficulties. I did like the angle of being inside the newsroom and at the station with our producer protagonist Virginia Knightly, and how and when information and evidence was sourced and confirmed and r ...more
Cindy Burnett
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

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
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since Jan. 1, I've read 17 books - five ahead of schedule to reach my goal of 100 by the end of 2017. Of those, six have been good enough to earn a five-star rating, the highest possible on the major book ratings sites. Now comes this, the 18th, and if I could give it six stars - seven, even - I'd do it in a heartbeat. The story is so intriguing, and the characters (and interaction among them) so captivating that I went so far as recording two favorite TV shows instead of watching them live beca ...more
Susanne  Strong
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Cutaway is an entertaining, escapist mystery/suspense novel with solid writing and an enjoyable premise. 3.5 stars.

Virginia Knightly is a television news producer who receives a flyer about a missing woman containing the photo of a beautiful DC attorney, whose face haunts her. Virginia has seen her before. On the news. And she can't help but investigate, even though it gets her nowhere at first. Yet Virginia is determined to do whatever it takes to find out everything she can about Evelyn Ca
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cameras, cameras, never know when you may be on one or in a recorded news clip.

Virginia Knightly was the only female news person in her office…an office that seemed to be falling apart. They needed a big story, and the new boss wasn't helping hold it together.

Virginia got demoted, and then a new face appears. This new face takes the position of another of Virginia's friends on the news staff.

All this is happening while a huge news story about the murder of a high profile lawyer
Liz Barnsley
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If The Newsroom met Gone Girl then had super intelligent kids....

Early reviews suggest The Cutaway may be about to divide opinion - so my opinion, for what it is worth, is that this is blinking brilliant. I LOVED it. I loved the main protagonist, I loved the Breaking News aspects, got all caught up in the story, didn't have a clue how the mystery element would pan out - not because it is particularly twisty in that sense but more because I was so caught up in the character dynamics and the inve
Three stars- with a few reservations. The setting was intriguing and wooed me. Virginia Knightly, nightly News Director (ouch, did you catch that?) of the hot local show in Washington, D.C., beckoned me into her behind the scenes look at finding the "scoops" and dirt in the political landscape. Almost immediately, Virginia is drawn to the disappearance of an attorney, the lovely Evelyn, and as immediately, I found myself wanting to dig into this tale too. Evelyn easily could be Virginia herself, ...more
The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to review The Cutway.

If you are looking for a good mystery then I would recommend The Cutway, Virginia Knightly, a nightly news producer for a Georgetown television station, intrigued by a missing person report that comes across her news desk begins looking into the disappearance. With a new news editor trying to edge her out of her job and an anchorman, whom she has mixed emotions about, Knightly finds herself getting involved in more than
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I liked this story well enough even if I didn't love it. I think that the newsroom setting was one of the strengths of this book and it did add a rather unique quality to the story. Unfortunately, I was never completely hooked by the story. The mystery was interesting but I just never found myself truly invested in the story.

This story is told from the point of view of TV new producer, Virginia. When Virginia sees a missing poster fo
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Virginia Knightly is the producer of the television news but when a new boss decides to demote her Virginia decides to go back to the basics of reporting and follow up on the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney. Virginia is sure that there is more to the story of the disappearance and even if it means putting her own life on the line she is determined to get to the bottom of the story.

The Cutaway wasn't a bad read but it also didn't grab me the way I would have liked for this type of st
Bam cooks the books ;-)
From Wikipedia: "Cutaway: In film and video, a cutaway shot is the interruption of a continuously filmed action by inserting a view of something else. It is usually, although not always, followed by a cut back to the first shot, when the cutaway avoids a jump cut."

In this very smart and suspenseful debut, author Christina Kovac takes her readers into the cutthroat world of broadcast journalism. At 34, Virginia Knightly has worked her way up to the position of executive producer of the top-rated
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, Atria, and the author, Christina Kovacs for the ARC of "The Cutaway" in return for a fair and honest review.

It is apparent that Christina Kovac is very knowledgeable on the subject matter of this book. Her knowledge and expertise add to the credibility of this exceptionally well-written novel.

Virginia Knightley is a television news producer, who reads an article in the newspaper about a first year law associate who has disappeared after having dinner with he
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Power, greed and unethical filthy dirty politics.

At first I wasn't so sure of this book, it took me a few chapters to get into it as it's told by the first person, who I don't always find easy to follow. It's like someone sitting by me telling me a story.
Nothing wrong in that, especially in this book The Cutaway.

It's lead by a strong journalist woman who knows what she wants and gets it. A very powerful influential female who would stand her ground and stand up for what she believes in.
Which she
Karen R
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a solid mystery that moves fairly quickly. Evelyn Carney was last seen leaving a restaurant alone after a domestic dispute in which she tells her husband she wants a divorce, and she is now missing. It seems like an open and closed case, but of course it is not.

Told from the perspective of sassy and smart 34-year old television producer Virginia Knightly, getting to the bottom of Evelyn’s disappearance takes multiple twists and turns. Trying to identify the culprit kept me guessing, the
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Cutaway is a standalone mystery/suspense novel.

The narrator is 34 year old television news producer Virginia Knightly.

The book is told in 1st person POV.

The story is set in DC. A woman, Evelyn Carney, goes missing. Virginia gets involved in the case. What happened to Evelyn is the main mystery in this story.

I love that Virginia was a television news producer. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. The author was involved in tv news. So the atmosphere felt very authentic. I really enjoyed
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 4-stars
The narrator and main character, Virginia Knightly, is described to the reader in little blips, in the choppy way one would describe a suspect or victim. Female. Caucasian. Thirty-four years old. As the book opens, and as Virginia reads about the newspaper story on which the novel's plot pivots, she indeed makes the same observation of herself after reading a similar description of a missing woman.
The MPD [Metropolitan Police Department] lingo description—thirty-year-old white female, five f
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Cutaway is a political, journalism themed novel where the main character, Virginia Knightly is an executive producer for a news station in Washington DC. After Virginia gets informed about a missing person's report, she immediately becomes engulfed in the story, desperate to find out what happened. Not only will this help put her station on top of her competitors, but she is invested in getting justice served. Virginia not only deals with the missing person's case as she is also dealing with ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
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I love reading a mystery from a new perspective, it’s so refreshing! This is all about the world of broadcast journalism and though veteran producer Virginia has covered tons of missing persons cases before, something about the disappearance of Evelyn Carney pulls her in. As she dives deeper into the story, she encounters many roadblocks and becomes entangled in the high power world of D. C. politics and police corruption.

I really like Virgin
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find myself struggling with police procedurals lately; I am easily distracted and find that they all fit the same mould. Enter The Cutaway, the debut by Christina Kovac. This one reads like a police procedural but with a twist, instead of following the internal investigations of the police force, we are thrown into the folds of an investigative journalist. What a breath of fresh air.

Filled with considerable twists and turns, I was pulled into the world of journalism and I loved every second.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really, really enjoyed this one. A definite page turner. I was disappointed by one outcome from the ending but that just shows how invested I was in the characters and their lives (my disappointment was NOT with the writing). Christina Kovac made it to my "must-read" list with any new books on the strength of this one. ...more
Virginia Knightly is a busy TV news producer. She's constantly juggling a million stories, cultivating her on-air talent, and appeasing whatever news director has been currently assigned to "revamp" her station and raise ratings. It's a typical day for Virginia when she sees a flyer come across her desk for a missing woman. But something in the woman's eyes in the fuzzy black and white poster haunt Virginia, and she becomes oddly attached to the case of Evelyn "Evie" Carney, a young, married law ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-set-in-usa
This review first appeared on our blog where we also chat to the author about her top tips in Washington DC

“Sometimes the news is what happens when the camera cuts away….”

Set against the political hub of Washington DC, this thriller takes you behind the scenes of a newsroom, where political intrigue and mysteries are as prevalent and ingrained as in the wider city backdrop.

Virginia Knightly is a true investigative newshound, a news producer who is really
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Christina Kovac managed newsrooms and produced crime and political stories in the District. Her career as a television journalist began with Fox 5's Ten O'Clock News, followed by the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. For the last nine years, she worked at the Washington Bureau of NBC News. She lives with her family outside of Washington D.C. ...more

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