You Will Know Me and Other Books

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You Will Know Me

Book: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Genre: Thriller

Katie Knox’s world revolves around her daughter, Devon, a talented gymnast with Olympic dreams. Everything Katie and her husband, Eric, do is in order to promote their gifted girl. Then, a death rocks life at the gym and everything changes. Devon’s performance suffers as rumors swirl around her, and the once tight-knit community starts taking sides. Unsettled by the death of a once familiar face at the gym, Katie attempts to put the pieces of the last few months together, but the final picture may not be one she wants to see.

My thoughts…

The quickest way to describe You Will Know Me is Little Girls in Pretty Boxes meets murder mystery. Ambition is the heart of this story. Parents vicariously live their dreams through their daughters. Alliances are formed and broken as the gym parents align with whoever will benefit them most. Blind ambition covers every page of this story, I could almost call it a modern adaptation of Macbeth.

I didn’t like Katie Knox. I was never sure if she was just stupid or willfully blind to the events happening around her. In fact, no one in this book is likable, and I’m pretty sure that’s the point. Parents use their children like race horses, vying for prestige while their children do all the work. Olympic glory casts a wide spotlight, and everybody wants a place in it.

I liked this book, and I didn’t like it. This is a book I never wanted to put down, yet the characters are so cold hearted. I was often distracted by my own history in a very competitive athletic environment and couldn’t help wondering if the author was using this book as catharsis for her own athletic experience or if she was an outsider only able to see the sordid side of sports.

You Will Know Me is a fascinating thriller. From the bleak cover to the menacing title, everything about this book is full of tension. The story is unsettling, but it makes you think. How far is too far when it comes to achieving your dreams? Despite my mixed feelings for the book, I found the story memorable and definitely recommend it for fans of thrillers and sports dramas.

You can find out more about Megan Abbott by visiting her website and following her on Twitter.

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Other books to read this summer…

So Close by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Amanda Beth Luker wants to escape her life in a trailer park, and when she meets Tom Davis and his wife, Lindsay, her dreams of a new life start to come true. But, soon she must choose between a relationship with the wealthy Pax Westerbrook and her loyalties to Tom.

♥ All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Life seems perfect until Jenny Kramer is attacked at a party. After being given a drug that erases her memory of the attack, Jenny is left dealing with the physical fall out and the gaps in her memory. As her father’s anger grows and her mother sinks into denial, the question of the identity of  Jenny’s attacker looms larger.

♥ The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

Childhood friends Hannah and Kate have always been there for each other. When Hannah and her husband find out that they will not be able to have children, Kate volunteers to be Hannah’s surrogate. Everything seems to be working out and then tragedy strikes.

♥ Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

When Char Hawthorn’s husband dies in a car crash, her relationship with her stepdaughter, Allie, deteriorates. Soon she is dealing with the possibility of Allie moving out on top of her grief. But, when a foster girl she tutors goes missing, Char is left questioning everything she thought she knew before the tragedy.

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11 comments

  1. Thanks for the book list! I love reading outside this time of year. I am reading The Knockoff right now and it is pretty fun.

  2. It’s so weird when you like a book or TV program but dislike the characters! It sounds really interesting but I get frustrated when I can’t seem to like the main character.

    Corinne x

  3. That sounds like a thoroughly gripping, thought provoking read – and, one can’t help but think, perhaps an even more apt read this summer, with the next Olympics just around the corner.

    Hugs & happy 4th of July wishes!
    ♥ Jessica

  4. I kind of hate but love when books intrigue me with their characters enough for me to keep reading a book even when I’m thinking I should let it go. Those authors deserve some sort of praise for their skills . 🙂
    xo