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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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I just don’t care.

Some books grab you and others do not. This one droned on and on for me. Ugh. Skip it

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Insipid

Women with PMDD see like crazed lunatics. As a psychologist, I could not listen any longer. I just wanted to get to the big secret. I will take the advice of another reviewer and look up the story it mirrors.

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lifetime original

On the positive side it was a page turner at times. however, the stilted language and paper thin characters were difficult to listen to. It would be more acceptable if this were categorized as young adult fiction verses calling it a lterary psychological thriller. If one is looking for a good lifetime movie of the week in a book form, this is your book! The narrators voice was grating, with horrible, simplistic "accents" for the Russian character and working class women characters. The narrator's voice combined with vapid prose made this overall pretty hard to tough out. But again, it is a simplistic page turner for someone looking for that with so.e twists and turns that make you want to limp to the end.

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Not enough science

Based on other titles by Abbott, I was expecting more accuracy and insight into the world of high end academic research settings. Since I know a little about these settings, I was very disappointed in the cartoonish quality of the characters. Now I have to re-think my reactions to other Abbott books set in places that I don't know about. #notforbiologists #notforacademics #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Dull Until the End

When I finished this book all I could think was, “should I relisten to it? I must have not been paying attention because everyone raved about this book and I thought it was just meh.” It has all the ingredients to be a good book but it missed the mark completely.

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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!!