Saturday, 25 June 2016

You will know me - Megan Abbott - Grimy secrets

My Review:

This is the first book by Megan Abbott I’ve read, however I understand she frequently writes confidently about strained relationships between teenage girls and their mothers. That’s certainly the case with this one.

This is a twisty tale exploring just how far a caring Mother will go to protect her family from scandal and try to ensure her daughters promising future as a possible world class athlete isn’t put at risk.

Forget your usual American soccer Mom, Katie is Gymnastic Mom extraordinaire as she twists and contorts herself to divert ugly rumours affecting her sweet innocent gymnast daughter Devon and her oh so caring family man, husband, in the aftermath of a hit and run accident in which a teenage boy dies. Is she protecting them for their good or her own peace of mind and who will get sucked into the murky web of deceit?

Katie also has a geeky son Drew who wanders in and out of the narrative annoyingly getting in the way of things but providing a hint of normality now and again, as all around the family crumbles. As Mom uncovers unsavoury rumours and ugly truths her decisions become more ill-advised and destructive as it builds to a crescendo.

This is domestic Noir and disturbing thriller combined for readers who like a fast paced contemporary thriller based around family and secrets and “OMG don’t do that” moments.

It does read somewhat like a young adult novel with the teenage angst and growing pains but it’s also about relationships across the generations and being in a sticky situation which grows increasingly viscous and grimy as time passes.

Established fans of Megan Abbott will be delighted with her latest novel and I think she’ll gain many new readers amongst the increasing band of grip-lit aficionados. It reminded me somewhat of books I’ve read by Linwood Barclay and I feel it will appeal to fans of his books too.

My thanks go to The Publisher Picador at Pan MacMillan books for my advance copy.

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The Description from the publisher:

Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. 

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 desire, jealousy, and ambition.

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