You Will Know Me

A Novel
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (1,076 ratings)

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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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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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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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Easy listen that combined 2 of my favorite things

I'm a huge gymnastics fan and also love a good mystery, so this seemed like an easy pick! The mystery itself was not as compelling as the family dynamic, especially that of Katie and Eric, the husband and wife team, and how centered their lives are on their teenage gymnast daughter. The narration was not my favorite, but also not enough to stop my listening. Overall, it was an enjoyable, quick listen while driving.