Published by Little Brown on July 26th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Thrillers
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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.
Going for the gold means not letting a little thing like murder slow you down. In Abbot’s world, the parents are sometimes more immature than the children, underhanded comments abound, and there are some pretty shady parent meetings. You Will Know Me was such an interesting read! The world of gymnastics is pretty cut-throat, and that is made so obvious in this novel. Katie and Eric Knox have big dreams for their little girl, Devon. And she is just as set on getting to the Olympics as they are. When Devon was a little girl she suffered an accident that led to her parents searching for something to help with physical balance. Gymnastics was the perfect fit. The Knox’s have sacrificed everything to put her on the fast track to getting to the gold; following the timeline set out by her coach as closely as possible and Eric schmoozing mothers to get the cash for extra equipment. But when there is a death of a man involved with the gym, the boyfriend of the owner’s daughter, suspicions run rampant. The whole story hinges on trust and the observations of overlooked characters. There is so much drama and gossip in this new age who-dun-it. The ending totally surprised me and I spent the entire book believing one person was responsible – only to have that notion crushed when all the walls started “tumbling” down. (Gymnastics pun? Totally taking the “gold” on this review.) I really enjoyed having an inside look into the competitive world of gymnastics and what it takes to get to elite status. I feel that Megan Abbot really researched the topic and was knowledgable. While the novel wasn’t specifically only about gymnastics, it was easily the heartbeat of the book. And y’all should know by now how I feel about thrillers. I give it a 4/5 stars and will be recommending it to some friends.