You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

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by Megan Abbott
     
 

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The audacious new novel about family and ambition from "one of the best living mystery writers" (Grantland) and bestselling, 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

Overview

The audacious new novel about family and ambition from "one of the best living mystery writers" (Grantland) and bestselling, 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 rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Jennifer Senior
What Megan Abbott knows, as so many maestros of the heebie-jeebies do, is that it's not strangers who are scary; it's the people you think you know and love…Abbott…is in top form in this novel. She resumes her customary role of black cat, opaque and unblinking, filling her readers with queasy suspicion at every turn…You Will Know Me revisits some of the author's favorite themes—community hysteria, the chaos of adolescent sexuality—but with a slight twist. Usually, teen-girl misanthropy and anxiety figure prominently into Ms. Abbott's novels. Here, the author is far more interested in the way adults recapitulate teenage behaviors, fretting and sniping and stirring the pot.
The New York Times Book Review - Sophie Hannah
…brilliant…The wrong kind of ambiguity in a crime novel can be fatal. Abbott judges it impeccably here. The murder mystery component of the story has all the essential ingredients: clues, red herrings, twists and an answer, in the end, that leaves no room for doubt about who did what and why. It's only every other element that grows increasingly bewildering as the narrative progresses. There's a stroke of genius in this: The reader appreciates the satisfaction of the solution, which is simple, shocking and perfect. At the same time, the purpose of solving the mystery is, arguably, to undermine the idea that mysteries can ever be solved in a meaningful way. When the murder is committed…it appears to take place in a familiar landscape populated by people we know. We imagine we have our bearings, and then the murder knocks us off course. Then with each new fact that emerges, a piece of what we thought we knew is dislodged, leaving in its place a mystifying blank patch. By the end of the novel, everything apart from the events specifically surrounding the killing is an unanswerable question. All of this Abbott pulls off with breathtaking skill.
Library Journal
★ 05/01/2016
This latest novel from Abbott (after The Fever) centers on a young man's hit-and-run death shortly before a major gymnastics competition, ripping apart that sport's close-knit community. Immersed in her life as an Olympic hopeful, 15-year-old Devon Knox is in a tailspin. Her mother, Katie, goes into protective mode and attempts to salvage her family from ugly rumors involving her husband and questions about the boy's tragic end. Trying to keep her daughter's dream alive at any cost, Katie is as much a focus of this story as Devon. In true Abbott style, nothing is predictable here; the plot consistently confounds expectations with its clever twists and turns. VERDICT Admirers of Patricia Highsmith, Laura Lippman, and Kimberly Pauley (Ask Me) are in for a treat. New readers have a backlist to explore! [See Prepub Alert, 1/26/16; see also profile of Abbott, p. 65.—Ed.]—Frances Thorsen, Chronicles of Crime Bookshop, Victoria, BC
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-05-05
Abbott's latest thriller (The Fever, 2014, etc.) about everyday lives changed forever by an exceptional individual—in this case an Olympic gymnastics hopeful. "So many things you never think you'll do until you do them." This speaks volumes of truth for Devon Knox, who forces her body to pick fights with gravity for hours every day. To her mother, Katie, watching from the bleachers, it seems impossible that her daughter will land on her feet, until she does. Devon is extraordinary, and the normal-on-the-surface Knox family can't help but fly toward this one extra-bright light. Devon's dad, Eric, is obsessively devoted to the cause, fundraising constantly for gym BelStars and heading up the booster club. Gregarious Coach T. relies on his star gymnast to attract business; nothing is shinier than having an Olympic hopeful under his wing. But when tragedy strikes and Coach T.'s tumbling-coach niece, Hailey, learns her much-loved boyfriend, Ryan, is dead in a hit-and-run—only a couple of months before Elite Qualifiers—the gym begins to unravel. Devon, especially, can't afford any missteps. Her success relies on structure, and Eric promises he'll do anything to keep Devon on that golden track. When Hailey starts threatening Devon and the Knoxes' painfully sweet and observant son, Drew, starts talking about things he hears in the night, the whole gym family, Katie especially, begins to wonder just who might've had it in them to mow Ryan down. After all, you never know what you're capable of until you test your limits. With Elite Qualifiers looming, readers will begin to question what they think to be true right alongside the characters. Getting picky, readers will also catch on to one major plot element well before it's revealed, but Abbott makes the blindness of parents relatable; they come close to collapse on a regular basis from the pressures of their demanding schedules. Being a parent is hard. Being a parent to an anomaly is something else entirely. Abbott proves herself a master of fingernails-digging-into-your-palms suspense.
Publishers Weekly
★ 05/02/2016
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. For Katie and Eric Knox, nothing is more important than ensuring that their 16-year-old daughter, Devon, has everything she needs to pursue a possible Olympic berth in gymnastics, from round-the-clock training with coach Teddy Belfour at BelStars Gym to a plethora of high-performance leotards and hand grips. Despite a childhood foot injury, Devon is the obvious star of the gym, something the other parents both appreciate (because it raises BelStars’s profile) and quietly resent (because it makes their own daughters look second-rate). When an unexpected death rocks the gym community, Katie is determined not only to shield her daughter from the fallout but also to make sure that Devon’s elite trajectory doesn’t falter. But she can’t help being inexorably drawn to the tragedy and the young man who died, and in the process Katie learns that what she thought she knew about Devon only scratches the surface. Abbott keenly examines the pressures put on girls’ bodies and the fierce, often misguided love parents have for their children. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (July)
From the Publisher
"If you think there's an American author writing about the thorny intricacies of female relationships with more smarts and verve than Megan Abbott, feel free to step forward and make your case."—Adam Sternbergh, Slate"

The book to beat...in the 'Is it the next Gone Girl?' sweepstakes."—Janet Maslin, New York Times"

The beauty of Abbott's writing, and the skilled way she weaves the men's lesser narratives into Deenie's story, make this a standout in contemporary crime fiction. Megan Abbott knows what girls are made of."—Clea Simon, The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316231077
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
07/26/2016
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
15,935
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of eight novels, including The Fever and Dare Me. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. Megan is currently a staff writer on HBO's forthcoming David Simon show, The Deuce. She lives in New York City.

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You Will Know Me 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Megan has done it again! Quirky and smart. Really enjoyed this book. I had been looking forward to reading it and it delivered. I'm exhausted! ;-)
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great book and I know nothing about gymnasts.
SuseNJ 17 days ago
Almost boring, major suspense unresolved. I barely hung on to reading this book, as almost nothing happened throughout. I kept reading to see how the main character performed at the end, but maddeningly the book stopped without telling us. You can get most of the value of this book from reading the reviews! Maybe good as a discussion of how an Olympic hopeful impacts her community, but not as a thriller.
Kinseylb 5 months ago
Very good...hard to put down. Disappointed in the ending.
Holly 5 months ago
You Will Know Me is the story of what happens when a family dedicates everything to their child to only have a scandal rock their world. Katie and Eric Knox seem to have the perfect family with a daughter, Devon, who is a gymnastics prodigy and a young son named Drew who seems to be in the background more but tends to notice everything around him. It takes one night for a death close to the family to shake everyone up in the town that leads to who did it and why. As Katie puts the pieces together of what has been really going on behind her back, Drew fills in the missing pieces in a shocking conclusion to how far will you go to protect your family. This book had me intrigued from the first page but I have to admit that I really got into this book, I didn't really like the characters but it kept me interested enough to see how it all ends. I felt that Katie and Eric are a little too pushy and just stayed together for the sake of Devon when they should have called it quits a long time ago. I could see why Devon did what she did and you could feel for her a little bit. I never knew who Megan Abbott was before this book but her writing is something I kinda like and I do think I'm gonna be reading more books by her in the future!! Thank You to Megan Abbott for having this book come out just in time for the Olympics and for making me become a fan of yours!! I received this book from the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2016 in exchange for a honest review.
book_junkee 5 months ago
I don't read a lot of "adult" books right now, but every once in a while, I'll find one that really intrigues me. Katie seems like a decent MC. She loves her family and will do anything for her kids...at least it seems that way. There were definitely some scenes where I was shocked at her actions and it certainly felt like there was some serious neglect of the youngest son. But at the same time, maybe that's what it's really like when you have an Olympic hopeful. I loved the premise of this. The main idea of the story and the revelations were awesome. The only reason I kept reading is because I skipped to the end and HAD to know how it got there. The narrative was a bit strange and I never really settled into the rhythm, but even as I was mentally protesting the characters and struggling with things, I couldn't tear my eyes off of the page. **Huge thanks to Little Brown and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Deb-Krenzer 8 days ago
Not only is this book about Devon and her goal to become an Olympic champion, its about teenagers and a murder. While you may think these gymnastic moms are petty and nerve wracking, believe me, they are nothing like competition cheerleading moms. Believe me, I know. I really liked this story. However, there were times that it seemed kind of slow and uninteresting. I really like Megan Abbott books a lot, but for me, this was not her best one. I enjoyed reading it, especially right after the Olympics and it gave me a better appreciation for what those girls have to go through. As for the book, she has written a lot better. For me, all the relationships seemed forced and empty. As I said, the author has written much better books and this one is not one of them. Thanks to Little, Brown and Company and Net Galley for approving my request and providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Enjoyed reading this book. Interesting insights into the grueling sport of gymnastics, especially for those rare gymnasts with the talent to take it all the way.
Anonymous 3 months ago