Title: You Will Know Me
Author: Megan Abbott
Published: July 2016, Little Brown
Format: ARC Paperback, 352 pages
Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl," (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.
My thoughts: This is the second book I've read by Megan Abbott and wow...just WOW! She manages to create such captivating thrillers that you get completely sucked into with these amazing twists and turns where you have no idea what is going to happen.
While this book appears to be about gymnastics at a quick glance, it's much more than that. It's about the parenting that comes with competitive gymnastics and just how far and how obsessive parents become when their child is told she has what it takes to be the very best. This then changes the dynamics of the family life as now this becomes their primary focus, almost to the exclusion of everything else, even any other children.
There are so many layers to this story and when you add in the mystery of the death, it just ramps up the suspense and adds in more questions. You want to know how it's all tied together and who is responsible, but you are almost afraid to find out. So many questions come to mind and so many what if's...I wasn't sure where this was headed and I sure didn't guess it, but boy oh boy, what a ride!
Megan Abbott knows how to write an addictive book...I devoured this book and cannot wait to pick up her other books I have not read yet. Have you read Megan Abbott yet?
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott is one of BookSparks "Summer Reads" reading selection picks.
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