Book Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Devon Knox is a teenage gymnastics prodigy. Her parents, coaches, and gymnastics gym have dedicated all their resources to helping her become an Olympic-level athlete. When a tragic death shakes their insular gymnastics community, rumors and suspicion begin tearing everything apart. As it becomes clear just how many secrets are hidden in this small community, Katie, Devon’s mother, finds herself unwillingly dragged closer and closer to the truth.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I am pretty much entirely over the psychological thriller genre right now. I bought this book through the Book of the Month club a while ago, and hadn’t been able to bring myself to read it until now.

I’m very glad that I did. This is a psychological thriller done right. Abbott skillfully weaves the Knox family around one another and around their friends, and the author does a wonderful job of infusing nearly every interaction with a sense of menace.

This is a story about obsession, but not in the way you would expect. The goal of getting Devon to the Olumpics has consumed everyone in her orbit. When the unexpected occurs, it is unsettling to watch how this carefully constructed group begins to fray at the seems.

Psychological thriller fans will obviously enjoy this book. But even those who aren’t such big fans of this genre, or (like me) needed a break, will find Abbott’s portrayal of obsession and paranoia well worth the read.

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