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.
As part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge, July brings us even more great books and today’s book, You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, is definitely a great book!
Megan Abbott isn’t a new author either, I’ve read a couple of her others books (The End of Everything and Dare Me) and they were awesome, and You Will Know Me doesn’t disappoint!
The story: Katie Knox and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star and Olympic hopeful, Devon is the focus of her parents’ lives. There is nothing they wouldn’t do for her and there are no limits. When a young man is killed in a car accident, things begin to unravel and suddenly everything is at risk. Secrets are revealed among the girls, parents and coaches and emotions are flying.
Katie tries 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.
Never having a daughter, nor a gymnast, I can’t attest to whether or not the details of the story are accurate, but they sure felt like something I might have seen on a news channel or Olympic interview show. The plot moved like a rollercoaster and it shared the sacrifices parents make for their children’s futures, and the drive and force of ambition.
This book was one of those page turners – I just wanted to know what was next. Some of the twists were expected, but some of them caught me off guard and were unexpected, which I really loved! Megan Abbott is one of those writers who just keeps coming out with great stories with great characters and great plots and I can’t wait to read her next book while this one hasn’t even been published! Mark your calendar to pick up this book when it’s released on July 26!!
Megan Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of the novels Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me, and her latest, The Fever, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Summer by the New York Times, People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly and one of the Best Books of the Year by Amazon, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times.
Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Believer and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Born in the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. In 2013-14, she served as the John Grisham Writer in Residence at Ole Miss.
She is also the author of a nonfiction book, The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir, and the editor of A Hell of a Woman, an anthology of female crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar Awards, Hammett Prize, the Shirley Jackson Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Folio Prize.
Keep checking out BookSparks’ Summer Reading Challenge 2016! There are so many more books you’ll want to put into your beach bag! This is going to be the “best summer ever.” #SRC2016 #BestSummerEver #BestSRCEver!