Hagen Carmichael's Review Necessary People // Anna Pitoniak

Necessary People
Anna Pitoniak


Publication: May 21, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Pages: 352

Pace: Extremely Fast-Paced

A propulsive, "chilling" (Lee Child) novel exploring the dangerous fault lines of female friendships, Necessary People deftly plumbs the limits of ambition, loyalty, and love. 

One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. But they can't both win. 
Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they met in college, they knew their roles. Beautiful, privileged, and reckless Stella lives in the spotlight. Hardworking, laser-focused Violet stays behind the scenes, always ready to clean up the mess that Stella inevitably leaves in her wake.

After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer, and to a life where she's finally free from Stella's shadow. In this fast-paced world, Violet thrives, and her ambitions grow -- but everything is jeopardized when Stella, envious of Violet's new life, uses her connections, beauty, and charisma to get hired at the same network. Stella soon moves in front of the camera, becoming the public face of the stories that Violet has worked tirelessly to produce -- and taking all the credit. 

Stella might be the one with the rich family and the right friends, but Violet isn't giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, each reveals just how far she'll go to get what she wants -- even if it means destroying the other person along the way.

Reaction: This novel was exciting and brings to question: What is more important? Intelligence or breeding? The friendship between Stella and Violet has elements everyone can recognize, however, theirs is extremely different in how competitive they are. The ending left me wanting a little more, though I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and devoured it in two nights. 


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