You Will Know Me is set in the high-pressure world of competitive gymnastics, where Devon has had her sights set on the US Olympic team since she was tiny. Strong, determined, the star of her training centre, she is the absolute focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage.
Yet Devon, for all her brightness on the floor, is a deeply private person, unknowable even to her mother, Katie. Told from Katie's point of view, with irresistible momentum and devastating detail, this is the story of what happens when a person is driven by their own unique talent beyond the bounds of tolerance, even of morality.
Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me and written with the compassion of The Fever, this astonishing novel - dark and tender by turns - should win Megan Abbott the huge readership she deserves. It is unforgettable.
Megan Abbott is the author of The End of Everything, Dare Me (CWA Steel Dagger shortlist) and The Fever (Strand Critics Award for Best Novel of the Year and International Thriller Writers Best Hardcover Novel of the Year). She lives in Queens, New York.
©2016 Megan Abbott (P)2016 Audible Ltd.
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"An insight into innate talent and devoltion"
Devon's talent and single mindedness in her attempt to reach her goal is captivating. In many ways her ambition has sheltered her from the normal trials and tribulations of teenage girls but in other ways it has left her vulnerable and ill-equipped to cope with them.
The story is seen through the eyes of her mother Katie as she struggles to understand the complexity and hidden depths of a daughter she once felt she knew inside out as events unfold towards Devon's chance to qualify for Senior Elite Gymnast.
"Good, but possibly over-rated!"
There is a poetic quality to the writing that, for the most part, holds the attention even when nothing is happening. Throughout, several pages at a time could just be beautifully written tangential prose. Nevertheless, at times, it was wearing and I skipped most of a chapter early on. If it comes to that, I usually return a book and move on to another. However, something kept me listening. The story was unusual, the setting of ambitious Gymnastics was engaging and the tale was interesting. I am surprised though by all of the effusive 5* reviews.
Fascinating insight into the world of a teenage girl at elite sports level and the impact of her extraordinary talent on a the rest of the family. The underlying plot was a little bit obvious but I was well and truly gripped all the same. The narration was very good too.
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