Hagen Carmichael's Review Necessary People // Anna Pitoniak
Publication: May 21, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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.
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.
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.