You Will Know Me
By Megan Abbott
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a kindle copy.
I really enjoy Megan Abbott novels. She somehow manages to capture the evil lurking beneath the surface a relatively normal community and that evil takes different forms in her books, but is typically spawned by the greed or motivations of people who otherwise mean well. It’s fascinating. Her books are always well written and captivating when they could just as easily be a Lifetime movie plot, so I’m always a little impressed by them when I finish.
You Will Know Me was about Devon, a rising gymnastics star on her way to the Olympics if she follows the track set up for her by her coach. Eric and Katie, her parents, have made her gymnastics career their main focus, but suddenly, after a young guy dating one of the girls died, secrets seemed to pile up in front of Katie and she finally started looking at her perfect life with a little more detail.
I was suspicious of everyone, but surprised as more secrets were unraveled. I was on the edge of my seat. What happened to Ryan? Why was everyone falling apart after his death? Was it his jealous girlfriend? Why was she calling Devon nonstop? I had no idea what was going on or who was responsible, but it was obvious that everyone Katie knew was lying.
It’s so difficult to review Megan Abbott novels. Sometimes, I am disappointed because I expected more, other times I’m impressed, but I’m always satisfied by the way she weaves her stories. There’s something that she gets about people. It’s not dramatic for the sake of drama, but it’s always dark and somewhat haunting in a believable way. Abbott places the spotlight on a section of the world, in this case, the gymnastics parents and kids competing, and that spotlight starts to show the dark and awful parts of the lives of those people and it all just seeps out into a brilliant and haunting story about desire, ambition, and the struggle of being a parent of a successful girl. I think it’s easy to be disappointed by her books if you expect it to be some twisted crime novel, but her books are haunting in a unique way that doesn’t always address violence and crime the way readers might expect. It’s my favorite part about her books, but if you think you’re picking up a whodunnit novel, you might have the wrong expectations.
I definitely recommend You Will Know Me. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed it.