Meet ThrillerFest 2017 debut author Christina Kovac. Read on as she tells us all about her new thriller, The Cutaway, and which author she turned to for guidance when it came to her writing!

BookTrib: If you were on death row, what would be your last read? Why? 

Christina Kovac: If I found myself on death row, I’d probably read the Bible. You know, to hedge my bets. Or The Stranger by Camus. Just to feel less lonely about it. But it terrifies me, even thinking about it. (Maybe I should write about it).

BT: If you were going to kill off your protagonist what method would you use? Why?

CK: I’m not sure what method—probably gunfire, as most women are killed by gunfire, and I like realism—but I’d want Virginia Knightly in a desperate situation where it’d be her life or someone else’s. It’d be terrible to kill off a character you love if it wasn’t some grand sacrifice. And frankly, I think that kind of strong moral center is deeply embedded in Virginia’s character. To put herself in danger to save another, that’s what she does.

BT: What is the all-time best thriller you have ever read? Why?

CK: Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent is the book that meant the most to me as a thriller writer. He took his legal expertise and turned it into a thrilling tale of truth and justice from the point of view of a man trapped in the system. When I had to leave TV journalism, I looked to Turow for guidance. I put the old hardcover at the edge of my desk and willed it to whisper its secrets: Help me turn the day job into something riveting… show me how, Scott.

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The Cutaway Christina KovacFor Virginia Knightly, producer of DC’s top-rated news program, it begins with the story of Evelyn Carney, a young lawyer who disappears into a chilly spring night in Georgetown. Nobody, not her husband, not her best friend, knows where she’s gone.

In the grainy image accompanying Evelyn’s missing persons report, Virginia has a terrible flash of recognition. It’s as if she’s looking into a mirror. This could be me.

Virginia retraces Evelyn’s last movements, leading her onto secrets and motives that powerful people want kept out of the news. To uncover the truth, she’ll have to risk her sanity, her career, and perhaps even her life.

The Cutaway is at once a portrait of a driven, haunted woman and a suspenseful thriller about the inextricable corruptions that bind the press, police, and politics in our nation’s capital.


Christina KovacChristina Kovac managed Washington, DC, newsrooms and produced crime and political stories in the District. Her career as a television journalist began with Fox 5’s Ten O’Clock News, followed by the ABC affiliate in Washington. For the last nine years, she was employed at NBC News, where she worked for Tim Russert and provided news covered for Meet the Press, the Today show, Nightly News, and others. Christina lives with her family outside of Washington, DC. The Cutaway is her debut novel.