Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits--until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk.

As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers--about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself--forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream.

ARC received for review

When I first saw this I just thought “Huh, a book about dance moms but it’s gymnastics moms instead” and frankly didn’t have high hopes for it. I was pleasantly surprised when I was mistaken.

The book’s characters are completely and utterly batshit crazy. They make the overbearing moms on Dance Moms look downright sane and reasonable. I know some parents are really on their children to succeed and everything but this takes it to a whole new level.

I wanted to feel bad for Devon since she has such insane parents who put her under so much pressure but I really couldn’t muster even a twinge of sympathy. Devon was, frankly, an absolute bitch. She was the girl that everyone hated in high school because she was the size zero, brown nosing, backstabbing, two faced uber bitch who was nice to the teachers but made snide comments the moment they were out of earshot. I frankly wanted bad things to happen to her since she was such a miserable human being. I think it was a totally justifiable case of schadenfreude.

The mystery itself was interesting but not as compelling as the descriptions of just how out of control Devon and her parents were. The writing was obviously excellent since it drew me in so much that I genuinely disliked Devon so much.

Overall, while the characters are slimeballs of the worst possible order it’s truly fascinating to read their story. It’s like watching a car wreck - you just cannot look away. This is not a warm, fuzzy, happy beach read, but if you’re looking for an excellent, dark read where you genuinely enjoy disliking the characters then this is for you and I highly recommend it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


StephTheBookworm said...

Glad you liked it! It's on my neverending to-read list!

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