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The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Broadcast News in this literary thriller about best friends who become workplace rivals—and what each of them will do to win at any cost.

Delicious ... Thrilling ... I was so mesmerized by this story that I took the longer subway route to drinks more than once so I’d have more time to savor it.
— Marie Claire, Best Books of 2019 (So Far)
Pitoniak is an astute social observer, and the novel—a literary thriller about class aspiration and young female ambition—is a twisting delight with a haunting punch. Deceptively nuanced, and impossible to put down, this is escapism with substance. ... Sheer pleasure.
— Kirkus (Starred Review)
A chilling mix of charm, danger, suspense, and surprises. You think you know where the story is going—but you don’t.
— Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A complex, sharply written novel of female friendship and competition. Set in the cutthroat world of cable news, the story of ambitious, brilliant Violet and her moneyed, beautiful best friend Stella is everything I want from a novel and more—rife with plot twists and rich with insights, this is a book that will leave you desperate for whatever Anna Pitoniak writes next.
— Julie Buntin, author of Marlena
Pitoniak’s riveting and gripping novel nails the big personalities, intense competition and high drama of TV newsrooms. I was sucked in by the dark friendship of these two ambitious women, and did not see the final twist coming!
— Alisyn Camerota, Anchor of CNN's New Day and author of Amanda Wakes Up

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Stella and Violet are best friends, and from the moment they meet in college, they know their roles: Stella in the spotlight and Violet behind the scenes.

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. Until Stella decides to use her connections, beauty, and charisma to land a job 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 for them.

But Violet isn’t giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, they each reveal just how far they’ll go to get what they want—even if it means destroying the other person along the way.