I’m a long time Megan Abbott fan so I was just thrilled to see all the buzz this new book is getting. There have been great articles in The Atlantic, The Independent and The Guardian, and a great interview (and excerpt) in Entertainment Weekly.
In an ever so Olympic timely way, this domestic thriller is set in the world of competitive gymnastics – but not in the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan kind of way. In this story, the victim isn’t a gymnast at all, and is murdered.
Devon is a gymnastics prodigy, despite her deformed foot, the result of a childhood accident. The whole town vacillates between rooting for her and hating her for her immense talent. Her family is super supportive, to the point of pretty much ignoring her younger brother and going into serious debt to pay for all her coaching. Second mortgages are de rigeur in this world.
Devon is close with both her parents, who have been attending her meets and practices for as long as she can remember. But they are having some problems, there seems to be a distance between them. And once the murder happens, things really start to go awry.
Abbott has a deft hand with character development and building suspense, making this a really fast, really tense read. A great book to take on your last summer weekend to the beach.
Megan Abbott is the Edgar®-winning author of the novels Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me, and The Fever, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Summer by the New York Times, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times.
Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Believer and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013-14, she served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at Ole Miss.
She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, and the editor of A Hell of a Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar® Awards, Hammett Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Folio Prize.
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YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott. Little, Brown and Company (July 26, 2016). ISBN: 978-0316231077. 352p.