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Publisher's Summary

A "shocking and perfect" best seller about family and ambition from the award-winning author of Dare Me and The Turnout (New York Times Book Review​).

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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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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FAIL!

It wasn’t even good enough to bother reviewing! Ouch! But that’s the truth.

I’m doing it because I feel like I need to protect my fellow Book Lovers from all the false advertising.

This book is NOT NOT NOT a:

• “breathless rollercoaster”
• “the next Gone Girl” … (which by the way is my top, number one, all time most HATED marketing ploy)
• “full of clever twists and turns”… ("clever"? - not even one)
• “the book to beat” …. (OMG on what planet??)

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

In addition, I don’t get the title.

So why did I keep going? I liked the whole Wannabe-Olympian-Gymnast angle.

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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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story with twist

the story was a little slow but finally started moving and mu attention until the story had a sudden twist, very good

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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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Intense!

This book was sooooo good. I ALMOST passed it up
because of some of the negative review here. But I saw it was recommended by Stephen King and he hasn't let me down before. I used to be a gymnast and I'm a mother so the story resonated with me. Some of the reviews stating the implausibility of the story probably hasn't been in the arena of competitive sports. The writing, the suspense, the narration was great! A+++++ give it a shot!

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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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Looooooong & Boooooring

It's rare that I cannot find some redeeming quality in a book... But I can't even find the point of this one. Way too long and completely anti-climactic!!! The narrator was good, almost too good with the lisp of one character, which at 9 should have already had a speech therapist. Just skip this one!

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Gymnastics!

**I did not enjoy this as much on the reread

How well do we know our spouses? Our children? Our neighbors?

What's brewing beneath the icy eyes of fifteen-year-old gymnast Devon Knox? More than the fierce determination of a talented athlete?

Her mother Katie sees an angelic, hardworking, innocent teenager in a younger girl's body. Her father sees a future champion. Her coach and the younger gymnasts see an aspirational role model.

Everybody has a role in Devon's future success. Eric, her father and biggest cheerleader heads the boosters. Katie, her momager, finder of lost hand grips and leotards watches on the sidelines. Younger brother Drew, nearly an afterthought observes more than anyone realizes.

When a young man affiliated with the gym is killed the police investigation centers around the coach's niece, but could the accident be murder and could the murderer be even closer to Devon and her inner circle?

Megan Abbott has an uncanny way of getting inside the twisted minds of disturbed women and girls like few writers and creating deliciously complex characters that ooze dysfunction in an almost sensual manner. YOU WILL KNOW ME is essentially Katie's story, in her third person POV, but the story centers around Devon and her gymnastics. The Knox family centers around Devon and her gymnastics. The entire gym centers around Devon, but we never really get to know who she is. Devon is certainly much more than her mother knows, in part because all teenage girls are and in part because Katie has blurred the boundaries between Devon and The Business of Devon.

I love Abbott's writing and was drawn in from the blurb, even before page 1. YOU WILL KNOW ME is a mystery that's not entirely mysterious. I was much more interested in the whys than the who and what happened. The ending felt a bit anticlimactic.

My expectations for this novel could probably never be met, but I still highly recommend YOU WILL KNOW ME and I'll probably reread at some point.