"That book-blurb saying 'I couldn't put it down' is usually
bullshit, right? For me it was true of Anna Pitoniak's Necessary People.
I literally couldn't stop reading. Murder, ambition, toxic friendship. What's not
"Gripping .. Pitoniak delivers a pitch-perfect exploration of class, family, and female friendship."—People, Book of the Week
"Sheer pleasure...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..."—Kirkus (Starred Review)
"A chilling mix of charm, danger, suspense and surprises... you think you know where this book is going--but you don't."
"Fantastic...This stirring character study and treatise on the dark sides of ambition, friendship, family, and privilege will hook readers from the get-go."
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Delicious...Thrilling...I was so mesmerized by this story that I took the longer subway route more than once so I'd have more time to savor it."—Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire (Best Books of 2019 So Far)
"Propulsive...Pitoniak's prose keeps a quick pace, and her characters and the TV-news setting ring true...Hand this to readers who like books exploring the dark side of female friendships, à la Megan Abbott, or fans of Tara Isabella Burton's The Social Creature."—Kathy Sexton, Booklist
"In this smart and stylish sophomore novel, Anna Pitoniak creates a compelling world of haves and have-nots that plays out in the cutthroat world of cable news. What begins as a sharp story about best friends -- one who's had everything handed to her, the other who has almost ruthlessly made her own way -- develops into a darker tale of rivalry, hubris, and deadly desire."—Town and Country
"An inevitable crime takes place, a cover-up and investigation ensue, and then things get...dark. By which I mean completely effed up. In other words, welcome to Necessary People, a juicy thriller that will make you side-eye your friends and wonder if they're capable of ~doing crimes~."—Cosmopolitan, Best Book of May
"Necessary People is an escapist thriller laced with substantive social commentary. A no-guilt guilty pleasure."—Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29
"This is a delicious story about the ambitions that can lift us up or tear us apart."—Woman's Day
"Another novel for anyone who misses the Ferrante novels for their portrayal of an intense, rivalry-prone female friendship -- though in this case, it's less generational coming-of-age epic and more psychological thriller, in which two college friends graduate to a TV newsroom where (it appears) only one can thrive."—Lit Hub
"The center of Necessary People is a complicated friendship between the rich Stella and the up from rags Violet...Pitoniak is a shrewd observer of female attachment and ambition, and Necessary People both delivers interesting ideas and chronicles a shocking murder."—Lisa Levy, CrimeReads
"In college, quiet Violet lives in the shadow of party girl Stella. When they're adults, Violet comes into her own as a TV producer, sparking Stella's jealousy. A juicy, all-too-familiar tale."—Good Housekeeping
"Two complex women inhabit Necessary People, Anna Pitoniak's second psychologically astute novel...An insightful glimpse into the competitive world of TV news and Pitoniak's spot-on portraits of these two women come together in a gripping novel that's sure to be a popular summer read."—BookPage, Best Books of Summer
"Two complex women inhabit Necessary People, Anna Pitoniak's second psychologically astute novel...Pitoniak perceptively traces the fracture of their sister-like bond, leading to a denouement the reader will not anticipate. An insightful glimpse into the competitive world of TV news and Pitoniak's spot-on portraits of these two women come together in a gripping novel that's sure to be a popular summer read."—Deborah Donovan, Booklist
"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
"A complex, sharply written novel of female friendship and competition. 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