Social Death by Tatiana Boncompagni

Tatiana introduced us to a female lead character with plenty of; what many of us would consider “moral flaws”.  This made her very real to me, and not just some fictional character that was created on paper.  She was a very relatable character.  I liked her.  A lot.

Cornelia “Clyde” Shaw is the new lead character in Tatiana’s third novel, and I swallowed this book whole.  I finished it in two sittings!

This novel is based on Clyde becoming wrapped up in the story of her lifetime.  She was the lead producer of any stories relating to brutal crimes at FirstNews, one of New York’s go to News Networks.

When she receives the call about the next crime she was to cover, little did she know it would be the vicioius murder of her lifelong best friend, Olivia Kravis.   This fast-paced, “turn the page as quickly as you can” novel took me inside the world of television news and all that it takes to really get the story.  Often, this involved getting anything on the screen!

The question is; can Clyde do this, since she was so close to the victim.

There was so much action between Network competitions, this book left no stone unturned. From leads and informants, to interviews and photographs my eyes were opened to a totally new way of looking at the news reports.  I was in awe of how truly intriguing it all was.

Both the first line and the last line in this book were sheer perfection.  The first line, was “telling it like it is” and the last line, was unexpected.


“Did not see that coming”, is all I can say.  I have found that it is not often that a novelist can truly “shock” the reader these days.  Tatiana proved me wrong.

Clyde Series, Anyone?