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Publisher's Summary

The audacious new novel about family and ambition from "one of the best living mystery writers" (Grantland) and best-selling, award-winning author of The Fever, Megan Abbott.

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter, Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits - until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community, and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers - about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself - forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.

From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl" (Janet Maslin), You Will Know Me is a breathless roller coaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.

©2016 Megan Abbott (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The book to beat...in the 'Is it the next Gone Girl?' sweepstakes." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)
"Thriller Award-winner Abbott ( The Fever) takes a piercing look at what one family will sacrifice in the name of making their daughter a champion.... Abbott keenly examines the pressures put on girls' bodies and the fierce, often misguided love parents have for their children." ( Publishers Weekly)
"In true Abbott style, nothing is predictable here; the plot consistently confounds expectations with its clever twists and turns. Admirers of Patricia Highsmith, Laura Lippman, and Kimberly Pauley are in for a treat." ( Library Journal)

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OMG! Becky...seriously?


Utter and complete ridiculous nonsense -- with apologies to the author. (But really the publisher and professional reviewers that hyped this so much should apologize to me.) I admire anyone that can make a living writing and have to think long and hard before I put a totally bad review down, but this was soooooo bad! The Texas cheerleader moms look sane in comparison to this populace, whom all seem to have drank from the same Kool-aid in the gymnasium.

I missed any touted *similarity* to Tanya and Nancy...they were tied together in a nasty competition, and one was criminally not-right...but they didn't go to these outrageous (unbelievable) extremes, AND didn't have a whole booster club helping them out with the shenanigans.

One of the top 10 worst books I've ever read, possibly the new standard by which I judge future crap-reads and extreme over hyped marketing. "The book to beat...in the 'Is it the next Gone Girl?' sweepstakes." (Janet Maslin, New York Times) Seriously? No, really? Well; If you have a manuscript and have been turned down a million times, now's your chance and here is your publisher.

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Used to Love Her, But I Had to Kill Her

Having been on something of a thriller kick lately, and having read an interview with the author in the New York Times a week or so ago, I had high hopes for this one, but ultimately I found it just does not deliver on its early promise and definitely does not live up to the hype. It's probably worth 3 1/2 stars overall just because the darkly creepy story does pull the reader in and cause him/her to want to slog through to the finish line just to see what happens. But a lot of readers are going to be rolling their eyes well before the ending at the implausible motivations and incredible stupidity of the actions of the main characters. Readers will also likely be annoyed by some instances of poor writing (early on, a female character is said to be "towering, at five feet seven inches tall" [??]), wacky mispronunciations and vocal choices on the part of the narrator, plot holes big enough for Nadia Comaneci to somersault through, and unresolved loose ends galore. But I think the core problem here is that even though the story is full of what the author describes in her NYT review as "witchy energy," with tons and tons of ominous foreshadowing (e.g., the main character's cell ring tone is Assassin's Tango, fer crying out loud), she was unable to decide which kind of storyline she wanted to pursue (unreliable narrator as in Gone Girl? Husband as devil as in Girl on the Train? Demon spawn, as in The Bad Seed, or Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child?), so she pursued them all, ultimately to little effect. I agree with the previous reviewer who said that aside from the excessively lisping, Cassandra-like little brother, there's not a single character here to like or identity with. There's literally not even a real ending to the story; the reader feels cheated at the end of this grueling marathon when not even rewarded with the results of the big gymnastics event. I can't honestly recommend this book to friends and followers, but if you were not bothered by plot inconsistencies and shaky character motivations in The Life We Bury, it's possible you'll like this too. Grade: C. Bechdel test: Pass.

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NOTHING "like gone girl" like it claims

This was painful - I returned it, it was so bad. I am so tired of books being compared to the likes of Gone Girl or Girl on the Train, etc. this was so beyond boring and dull. The only thing that was good, was the narrator.

There are too many character, not a compelling story, I literally fast forwarded through parts because I just wanted it to be over.

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Big Waste of time!

This should have been left being a manual on becoming a gymnast. It keeps going like "A Father Knows Best" sit com that leaves the reader wondering when the story is going to actually start and make any real sense to them. The writing is all over the place as plots & sub plots are introduced or rather thrown in in a totally melodramatic ways that gets tiring real fast. The so called accident turns into a murder in a flash & no one gets caught.. Unbelievable even in a sci -fi book. But the worse part is that this book has no ending. After teasing the reader through out the building book building up tension & competition the author just leaves the reader guessing at the end. Not cool Megan Abbot....not cool

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The only positive: The fantastic audio narrator

The huge cast of main and secondary characters: unlikable, boring, self-absorbed, obsessed, crazy. The only likeable character of any significance is the little brother who is used as a device to spout science facts that are used as "hit-you-over-the head" metaphors to describe his horrible dysfunctional family. Books filled with unlikable people seem to be quite the rage these days, but ultimately I need to care about or like at least a few of the characters.

The story: boring.

The language: got in the way of the book. It seems as if Abbot is far more interested in interesting ways to describe the tangible or intangible than the story itself. Action, and dialogue is so interrupted and burdened with long-winded descriptions that if you don't lose the thread of narrative, you quit caring because it takes her so long to get to the point.

The structure: In the first couple of chapters there's a paragraph in the present, then the past, then the future, back to the present for two paragraphs, then the past, lather, rinse, repeat. It "stabilizes" somewhat as the book goes on, but starting the book with two bad chapters doesn't instill confidence in the reader. As well, in the first chapter about 25 different people are introduced. Too many.

The hysteria: Also seems to be popular lately. The hysteria builds, reaches a fever pitch and stays there for an eternity. Thankfully, unlike some audio narrators, Fortgang was smart enough to know that listener's ears just can't take hours of an hysterical voice.

The book wasn't long but could have been half the length. Might have gotten 2 stars in that case.


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Psychological thriller?

Not even! Was also very predictable ! Very disappointing! Am not happy I read it! Sorry!

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Too much profanity.

The story line was interesting, but with all the profanity, I was tempted to not even listen to the remaining part of the book.

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Book was blah.

I chose this book because it was recommended on Pinterest. I was once a gymnast and thought that I would enjoy the story. About halfway through I finally decided I might as well finish even though I was bored to tears. definitely not my favorite.

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 02-25-18

I really enjoyed this

Yes it is slow and maybe the shocks do not come in streams. But the characters are real and have real motivations, and it shows what can happen when a family revolves around one family member. I found the story very satisfying even though I guessed the ending.

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  • Joe Kraus
  • Kingston, PA, United States
  • 02-15-18

Family Noir

This one has been on my list since it came out more than a year ago when a student (thanks, Callie) recommended it to me. I’m glad I waited, though, because outside of a Summer Olympics when the gymnasts get their quadrennial two weeks of fame, this Winter Olympics with its analogous figure skaters is the perfect backdrop for reading this.

As I see it, Megan Abbott is the premier woman writing in noir. I loved her afterward to Dorothy B. Hughes’s In a Lonely Place because it showed the conscious ways in which she sees the potential for bringing a female perspective to the form and its generic concerns. She’s a good writer, that’s clear. More impressively, she’s reinventing the genre in ways I certainly couldn’t imagine.

In place of a detached tough guy who enters a mystery in the capacity of detective – whether formally a detective or incidentally – we get a mother who’s already hip-deep in the world of her family and her child-prodigy daughter’s elite gymnastics world. She isn’t glimpsing some deep unsettling ‘noir’ truth; she’s encountering the dark, then darker, then darkest side of the seemingly perfect family she’s nurtured.

I don’t want to give too much away in the form of spoilers, but this begins with Katie dimly suspecting something dark in the spangled world of her daughter’s gymnastics. There’s a hit-and-run accident – which may not be an accident – and it becomes increasingly clear that it’s connected to an effort to maintain the façade of innocence in their gymnastics world. First we suspect one person, then another, and then finally the real culprit – and it’s the last person we’d have imagined, the one who most represents the supposed happy world. Abbott gets us from one of those suspects to another, gradually unpeeling the red herrings until we’re confronted with what we don’t want to see.

I can see criticizing this for moving slowly. I thought it dragged early, and Callie warned me that it would. She also urged me to stick it out, and I’d glad I did. There may still be room for some tightening in the text early – I don’t want to be too presumptuous with Abbott, who’s taught me to admire her – but I suspect the power of the ending comes in part through its contrast with that carefully sketched world of the opening chapters.

By the end, I found myself holding my breath. It wasn’t a matter of being afraid to find out who did it – Abbott had prompted that realization pretty carefully in the final quarter of the novel. Instead, it had to do with realizing that she really had the guts to end this on such a dark and damning tone.

I admire Abbott in part because her sense of noir incriminates all of us. Here, Katie is a “good mother,” yet that fundamental pose leads her to endorse the worst sorts of crime. This book not only condemns the world of pushed-and-posed girls gymnastics, but it calls into question how complicit we are in our family’s crimes when we justify them in the name of being a parent.

That is a very long way from The Continental Op or Philip Marlowe, but it’s a provocative extension of the same fearless ethical inquiry into how we justify our decisions in the Modern world. I thought Abbott’s Queenpin was really good, but this is even more ambitious. Now, everything she’s written is on my list.