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Publisher's Summary

A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me (Meg Wolitzer).

Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she's put Diane behind her forever, and she's begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.

Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Cosmopolitan, Book Riot, and Entertainment Weekly.
 

©2018 Megan Abbott (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Abbott's finest novel thus far, a dark inquest into the pressures to which American society subjects its girls." (Charles Finch, USA Today)

"...brilliant...beneath the glittering carapace of Abbott's lush, skillful, subtle writing, it's impossible to know what we're supposed to think. One of the strengths of this novel is that it doesn't mind what we believe - it is cooly at peace with whatever our take on matters might be...we, as readers, are made entirely responsible for our own theories and conclusions. In that sense, this is an exceptionally plausible work of fiction...The wrong kind of ambiguity in a crime novel can be fatal. Abbott judges it impeccably here..all of this Abbott pulls off with groundbreaking skill...excellent." (Sophie Hannah, The New York Times Book Review)
 

"This is Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling." (Paula Hawkins, author of the #1 The New York Times best-seller The Girl on the Train)

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Excellent Glimpse into the Female Psyche

I’ve read a handful of Abbott’s books and this one was the most enjoyable, most intriguing, and most satisfying. Highly recommend.

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Drags on and on

This basically is a fictionalized account of the Marie Robards story from the mid-90’s. The writer spends way too much time describing feelings and actions in extreme visceral terms. It gets frustrating as the reader keeps getting teased what the “big secret” actually is. I had to return it after awhile of the agonizing text and just read the past news reports of the Marie Robards case to find out what the secret was.

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A study in scarlet

Kit and Diane are locked into conspiracy of silence that follows them into their blossoming careers. What is their secret and is it tied to the hormonal tides that may rule women's lives?

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As a woman in stem I liked it

I enjoyed the science terms and reality of women in stem as just an assumed part of the story. I can definitely relate to some of the struggle

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Powerful

This book is so good that it’s almost hard to listen to in long spans. Incredibly intensive to the very end!!

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Too long and unbelievable

It will grab you, and I finished even when I didn't want to because I wanted to see what happened but it lacks credibility in many plot twists and isn't worth the time for me.

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Dullsville

I thought this book was totally uninteresting. The reader had no expression and the story went on forever with no point to it. I will turn it back in without finishing.

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Bad storyline

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Amazing book

One of the best books I’ve ever read...twists, turns and intellect beyond. I highly recommend to any woman.

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Excellent mystery

So well written you can't put it down. The end is an excellent wrap up for an in depth prospective .