You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

“Isn’t it something”, Hailey said, her gaze returning to the tiger necklace, her breathing harder now, “the things we do for our family?”  This is one of the themes that run through Megan Abbott’s “You Will Know Me” – a twisted tale of family, relationships and the price you pay when you are blinded by ambition.  I finished reading this book a few days ago and needed to take some time to process what I had read.  Devon Knox is a prodigy and everyone in town knows it.  She has her sights set on the Olympics and there is nothing that she nor her family won’t do to get her there.  With a sudden and unexpected hit and run death occurring early on, the story takes a more sinister turn as the characters reveal just how far they are willing to go and what they will do to protect their interests and their family members.  This book is fast paced, sharply written and I found myself completely engrossed.  There are some fantastic quotes scattered throughout this story, and Abbott certainly has a way with making you feel the tension and the stress that the characters are all under.

Abbott also did an excellent job with how well she depicted the struggle of parenthood.  Finding the right balance between loving and nurturing your children, trying to do what is best for them while also knowing when to pull back and allow them to grow and become their own person can be very difficult.   Throw a super competitive gymnastic community and high school scene into that mix and no one is walking away unscathed.  While the ending of the story was certainly plausible, I was really hoping it would go a different way.  For that reason, I give this book 4 stars.

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