I needed a break from my normal science fiction and fantasy books so I decided to pick up You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott that I got through Book of the Month. Let’s just say once I picked it up, I was barely able to put it down. As in, I was annoyed that I had to go to work the next day and wasn’t able to read it until I got home. Lets get into my You Will Know Me review.
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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.
You Will Know Me review
You Will Know Me is a story that follows a family that revolves around their daughter. Devon is a gymnastics prodigy and is on the path to the Olympics. And when I say revolves, I don’t kid. A second mortgage, crappy cars, hours at the gym and a younger son that practically fades into the background. Devon is the heart and the dream of the fancy gym they are part of. But tragedy hits the tight knit community and Katie’s family is in the middle of it. What really happened the night of the tragedy and who was involved?
That is the question that Katie keeps following. The story is told by Katie and we see how much her life revolves around Devon but also how little she really knows about her own child and the people that surround them. There is so many secrets within secrets in the story that you can’t help but jump in and unravel it.
I’ve read some reviews that said the characters were flat. To be honest, they kind of are. But that point actually is part of the story. These people are so single-minded about gymnastics and “the path” to the Olympics, it leaves little else for them to think about. This is especially clear with Devon. Throughout the story, you almost feel bad for her, but towards the end, you actually do feel bad for her, but in a completely different way.
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Overall You Will Know Me review
I loved this book. Following along as Katie tries to figure out the mystery was fascinating. As someone who as always enjoyed watching gymnastics, to see into the lives of people involved in it was eye opening. Pick this one up and clear your schedule.
4 out of 5 stars