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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 jeopardised 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.
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‘A chilling mix of charm, danger, suspense, and surprises. You think you know where the story is going—but you don’t.’
‘Delicious…Thrilling…I was so mesmerised by this story that I took the longer subway route to drinks more than once so I’d have more time to savour it.’
‘Take the simmering jealousy found in many female friendships, ratchet it up, and mix in some seriously Ripley-esque longings for upper-crust lifestyles, and you’ll land at Anna Pitoniak’s utterly enthralling novel…Necessary People is an escapist thriller laced with substantive social commentary. A no-guilt guilty pleasure.’
‘Fantastic…This stirring character study and treatise on the dark sides of ambition, friendship, family, and privilege will hook readers from the get-go.’
‘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.’