You Will Know Me: A Novel

You Will Know Me: A Novel

by Megan Abbott


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One of the Best Books of 2016—NPR, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Elle, Thrillist, Men's Journal, Publishers Weekly, Time Out New York, Self and Kirkus

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316231060
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 178,161
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of eight novels, including The Fever and Dare Me. She received her PhD 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, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Guardian, and The Believer. 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: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Great book and I know nothing about gymnasts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book and how it ended. There wasn't any justice for the young man murdered in such a horrible way. I don't condone the actions of the characters of this book, nor would I recommend this book to anyone. Disgusting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written, I could not put this book down!
SuseNJ More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Very good...hard to put down. Disappointed in the ending.
Holly More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 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**
samalama143 More than 1 year ago
I've only read 2 of her books (this and Dare Me) but I definitely see a formula and it's kind of lack-luster. Meh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just liked this book; not loved it. Pace was kind of slow for me and ending a little anticlimactic. With all the hype I really wanted to enjoy it!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those novels where I thought I knew what had actually happened before the end of the novel but the details weren’t clear-cut. I was missing the actually story, how it all went down and no one was willing to tell the truth, their lips were sealed for now yet somehow before it was all over, someone needed to get them to talk. I liked the way the author strung me along, making me a part of this group, for that was what they were, these girls and their families who belonged to Coach T as he tried to make them into gymnastic stars. They were all one big family and as I read, all their dreams drifted towards Devon who was the shining star, the girl who had the most potential, the girl who could take it all the way. I think anyone who has ever played a sport knows of such an individual, the person on the team who gets the most attention, who seems to shine no matter what they do and in this novel, it was Devon. Having such an individual on the team does not always settle well with others, for jealousy, anger and sometimes violence can creep into the picture and it certainly creeps into this novel. Devon, herself was a machine. She thought and breathed gymnastics. I felt for her, because her mentality was if she was not successful as an athletic she was nothing. I was drawn to her brother Drew, I felt as if he sensed something yet he didn’t know what it was. As he spoke in the novel, sometimes his words were not coherent and didn’t make sense but to me, I listened intensely to every word that he spoke for I felt he knew something and his words just needed to be deciphered. I enjoyed being a part of this novel, I remember being an athlete and feeling the emotions that Devon’s teammates felt, I also could relate to being one of the parents, I felt that the author did an outstanding job and highly recommend this novel.
dutcheja More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and keeps you on the edge of your seat until almost the very end. not sure who did it... The characters are all well developed and you see the story perspective of many different people. It is a coming of age story in the life of an elite gymnast. The way people treat you when you are the best, the expectations. STOP HERE IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ A SPOILER!!!! What a tragic story!!! This is the story of a young gymnast on the cusp of being the best!! It's isolating, and overwhelming for a young girl. The gossip, jealousy, bullying. Not sure who wants it more you or your coach or your parents... Loss of innocence and situations that you are too young to fully comprehend. And in the end so tragic, so many people affected, who's lives will never be the same.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
I love Megan Abbott's ability to explore the scariest crevices of human nature. Her characters are never people I really want to know in real life, but they are always compelling character studies written beautifully and with terrifying, blunt truth. She is really just amazing at what she does.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott is a highly recommended thriller set in the competitive world of young gymnasts. Devon Knox is exceptional. Everyone knows it. Despite a childhood injury to her foot, Devon, daughter of Eric and Katie Knox, is on the Elite training path at the BelStars gym to, hopefully, be an Olympic gymnast. Devon is the star of the gym; her innate talent is both revered and resented by the other parents. The family, including her younger brother, Drew, has sacrificed a lot for Devon's dream. Eric is obsessively involved with the boosters and fundraising efforts to help the gym and he and Katie have a second mortgage on their home just to keep Devon's dream alive. It is, of course, the whole family's dream (except for poor neglected Drew) but one that can only be fulfilled by Devon. When a young man, Ryan, is tragically killed it sends ripples of gossip and rumors through the close-knit group of parents. Coach Teddy Belfour hasn't been to practices because Hailey, his niece and the tumbling coach at the gym, was dating Ryan and is devastated. There is gossip that he was going to propose to her, but who knows if that is true. The answers to all their questions aren't that simple. Now, while the police are trying to determine what happened to Ryan and who is responsible, Katie needs to find out some answers on her own and protect her daughter. Even if you know little or nothing about gymnasts, you will recognize the overly involved parents who are obsessed with their children's activities. These parents feel the success of their children reflect upon them, which goes hand-in-hand with the belief that the abilities of their children are greater than they are in reality. (Sports, academics, etc., oh, the real life stories I could tell about others of their ilk!) These misguided parents are determined that their children will succeed - if they have any say on the matter - and most of them are overly optimistic about their true abilities of their children. Honestly, the parents are mainly annoying sheeple or, in the case of one obviously reprobate financier, controlling and overbearing. You Will Know Me is an unsettling, compulsively readable family drama. It is very well written and had me hooked from the beginning, when you know that a young man will die, but don't have all the information or the back story yet. Abbott does an excellent job setting up the story and allowing the truth to slowly unfold and reveal itself. I found it thoroughly enjoyable even though I did figure out the direction the story was going to take long before it went down that path. My heart broke for young Drew, who has his own interests and gifts that are neglected in favor of Devon's goals. What would you sacrifice to support your child's endeavors and dreams? Disclosure: My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher for review purposes.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year 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.
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jojosmodernlife More than 1 year ago
Devon Knox had an accident as a young child that resulted in the amputation of a few toes on her foot. But that has not stopped her from being the rising star in gymnastics. She trains for hours every day on top of keeping up good grades. She is determined to be in the elite, then on to the Olympics. Her parents are buried in debt but they are taking the risk for the chance of their daughter to be an Olympian. They fear the puberty that could come any day, the high risk that everything could be ruined by one tiny mistake in a routine, and that one small mistake could cause an injury that can't be bounced back from. But they face it all to make Devon a household name. But one night, something goes terribly wrong in their small gymnastics community and it is another name that is spoken in every household. It took me over 2 weeks to read this book because I dreaded picking it back up. The characters lacked depth and I could not establish any kind of connection with any of them. The parents, Eric and Katie, were immature, narcissistic, and oblivious. They consistently ignored their son, Drew, in order to focus on themselves or mostly on their oldest daughter, Devon. Drew, however, was written to not mind being ignored and to be very laid back. He "understood" the attention that had to go to Devon and "never had a problem with it". Not only did it come across as very unrealistic but it also came across as useless. Devon did not demand attention outside of the gymnastics gym, rather she kept to herself and kept secrets. Devon clearly favored her father and (in somewhat of a juvenile retaliation) her mother, Katie, stuck to Drew. Poor Drew developed Scarlet Fever and still received little attention from his family. His mother even left him alone in the car and then revealed that it was not the first time she had done that. She had left him in the car because she had forgotten he was even in there when he was much younger. They put Devon into a fellow gymnast's home (read: mansion) so she wouldn't catch what Drew had. The fellow gymnast whose mother footed the bill for the renovations to the gymnastics training center. This mother, Gwen, footed the bill after much wining and dining with Devon's father, Eric, so that his daughter could improve with better equipment. Oh, and Gwen's daughter, Lacey, could also improve. But no one would ever be as good as Devon! Not only were the characters a disappointment but the writing was also hard to appreciate, in my opinion. The plot did not flow well, neither did the chapters. There were snippets of paragraphs that seemed to be copied and pasted to piece together a chapter rather than being more fluid. There were even paragraphs that could have been "pasted" together and it would have flowed better. It was jagged and frustrating to read. Furthermore, there was a lot of repetition for minor details that came across as redundant to me. Katie's ringtone being the same song that Devon has a floor routine to, saying "I love him so much!", are just two examples. I have heard many great things about Megan Abbott and, as a result, had looked forward to receiving an ARC of this book. I cannot say that I would have that same excitement in the future. I would not recommend this book. Furthermore, I would certainly not recommend this book for those who may be sensitive to foul language, violence, tumultuous relationships, murder, manipulation, parental neglect, and sexually suggestive scenarios.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok baby