“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 to like?” — Stephen King

 

Necessary People was named a Best Book of May by Cosmopolitan, Town & Country, Refinery29, Bustle, and Crime Reads • A Best Book of Summer by Thrillist and BookPage • A Best Book of 2019 (So Far) by Marie Claire • Book of the Week by People

 
 

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.It all begins with an idea. Maybe you want to launch a business. Maybe you want to turn a hobby into something more. Or maybe you have a creative project to share with the world. Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

 
 

What People Are Saying

 

“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)

“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 tantalizing exploration of female friendship and ambition ... An ample playing field for Pitoniak’s dark look at competition and destruction between girls.”

— THRILLIST, A BEST BOOK OF SUMMER

 

“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, A BEST BOOK OF MAY

“Smart and stylish ... 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 & COUNTRY, A BEST BOOK OF MAY

“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)

 

“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 People both delivers interesting ideas and chronicles a shocking murder.”
— CRIMEREADS, A BEST BOOK OF MAY

“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)

“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.”
— REFINERY29, A BEST BOOK OF MAY