You Will Know Me is set in the high-pressure world of competitive gymnastics, where Devon has had her sights set on the US Olympic team since she was tiny. Strong, determined, the star of her training centre, she is the absolute focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage.
Yet Devon, for all her brightness on the floor, is a deeply private person, unknowable even to her mother, Katie. Told from Katie's point of view, with irresistible momentum and devastating detail, this is the story of what happens when a person is driven by their own unique talent beyond the bounds of tolerance, even of morality.
Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me and written with the compassion of The Fever, this astonishing novel - dark and tender by turns - should win Megan Abbott the huge recognition she deserves. It is unforgettable.
Megan Abbott is the author of The End of Everything, Dare Me (CWA Steel Dagger shortlist) and The Fever (Strand Critics Award for Best Novel of the Year and International Thriller Writers Best Hardcover Novel of the Year). She lives in Queens, New York.
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Good, but possibly over-rated!
There is a poetic quality to the writing that, for the most part, holds the attention even when nothing is happening. Throughout, several pages at a time could just be beautifully written tangential prose. Nevertheless, at times, it was wearing and I skipped most of a chapter early on. If it comes to that, I usually return a book and move on to another. However, something kept me listening. The story was unusual, the setting of ambitious Gymnastics was engaging and the tale was interesting. I am surprised though by all of the effusive 5* reviews.
- Ann D