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.
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
Publication Date: July 26, 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
This was actually my first experience with Megan Abbott despite having several of her previous novels on my “TBR” list and it will definitely not be my last. Although the story revolves around a tragic death/potential murder, I quickly realized that Abbott is the master at characterization and while the storyline was intriguing, it was the character development that truly made me unable to put this book down.
I found I was quickly able to recognize the “mystery” surrounding the death in the story, but because of Abbott’s writing style, I could care less that I had probably already “solved” the ending – I wanted to keep reading beyond that part of the plot because I was so engrossed. Abbott truly has a way with words – her sentences are tense and brutal and despite having little to no understanding of much of the book’s content (gymnastics isn’t necessarily a topic I would have been quick to engage with), I finished the book in one or two days.
To finish, I want to share one of my favorite paragraphs from You Will Know Me as I think it’s a great example of Abbott’s razor sharp prose:
It was after ten, and the boosters had arrived. Maybe it was all those arched backs, those manicured nails gripping water bottles, their glossy manes, the high, whinnying sounds they made, their beady eyes. It reminded her of the hyenas in Drew’s favorite animal book. They have excellent nighttime vision and hearing. True. They have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that they use to break open bones so they can feed. Also possibly true.
Thank you Netgalley and Little, Brown & Company for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!