Friday, November 4, 2016

REVIEW: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott


You Will Know Me is the slow unraveling, for the reader, of a murder mystery. As we're peeling back the layers trying to figure out who was murdered and then who did the murdering, we're also getting a front seat view of a marriage and family on the cusp of being permanently unraveled.And while the murder and getting to the bottom of it is what pushes the characters and plot along, I find Katie's observations about the people in her life to be the most fascinating part. Her confusion, her struggle to make sense of exactly who she is...who her family is and how they all fit together felt so real. There were many pages where it felt like Katie was swimming underwater--everything was muffled and hazy and distorted with only brief moments of clarity as she resurfaced to gulp air. This feeling of being slightly confused, stifled, and muffled continued throughout the novel, never relenting. It was unsettling and what made this such a good novel--not one I'd necessarily read for its fun and lightness but one I'd read for the truth of what Katie (and via Katie, Megan Abbott,) observed about families and marriages and hypercompetitive sports families. 

Really quite an interesting read; one that has me very curious about Megan Abbott's backlist. If you're looking for a meaty murder book, I'd definitely suggest this one.

Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. 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 desire, jealousy, and ambition.


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  1. Great review! I really liked this and agree with you that I am now so curious about this author's backlist. Such a unique way of storytelling


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