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You Will Know Me

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  40,930 ratings  ·  4,331 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Little Brown
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Emily May
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"So many things you never think you'll do until you do them.”

4 1/2 stars. I'm just going to say it: Megan Abbott is one of my favourite authors. I've read three of her books and I've loved three of her books. I get it - her writing isn't for everyone; but it's for me. Holy shit, is it for me.

It's hard to explain. Abbott writes about quiet people politics and the small details that all add up to something bigger. Suspense hums beneath the surface, turning the most mundane events into somethin
Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Ok, so Megan Abbott and I have a bit of history. I’ve not read her noir books, so my first read of hers was The End of Everything. I was so blown away by that one that I couldn’t wait to pick up Dare Me; I’m not sure if it was just me or the book, but I was so disappointed in myself for not loving it. I moved along to reading The Fever next, but didn’t rush out for it immediately; thankfully I enjoyed that one more than the previous but it still didn’t live up to TEOE for me. Needless to say, I ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a girl is so hard, Katie thought. And it only gets harder.

i think i'm gonna go ahead and give this five stars after all. because, confession time - as far as her non-noir stuff goes, i didn't love her last two (Dare Me and The Fever) as much as i loved The End of Everything. i didn't dislike them by any means (although many readers did), but i thought that while they excelled in their depiction of the darker aspects of teenage girlhood, as do all her books, the surrounding stories weren't
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
No on writes about the intersections between teenage girls, ambition, bodies, and obsession better than Megan Abbott. Her voice is distinct throughout this novel. Tight, taut, tense, terrifying. You Will Know Me is both a portrait of a family who put their talented gymnast daughter at the center of their world, and how ambition is the thing that holds them together and tears them apart. The words in this novel are like weapons and Abbott wields them very well.

Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Katie and Eric Knox know no bounds when it comes to their extra-special gymnast daughter, Devon. Every thing goes to Devon and her amazing talent. That extra mortgage? No biggie. Smoozing with the richie bitch down the street. Par for the course.
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Devon is a star. That's all that matters.

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Then for Devon herself. This young girl is a frigging robot. She is about to turn sixteen and knows that the worst thing ever is about to happen. She is about to get some boobs and curves. This is her las
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
If you like your mystery book to have no mystery at all then this is it.

Not memorable. Wouldn't recommend.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I started this book at the perfect time, often turning the pages as my daughter sat watching Olympic gymnastics. I'm glad that she is able to watch these incredible performances and that these strong, determined athletes are an inspiration to her. I'm also quietly thankful that sports are recreational for my children. I understand that there are those children who are single-minded when it comes to their sport of choice. I also know there are those who excel beyond reason. I suppose with the rig ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 2016 Summer Olympics are getting ready to start this week, and after reading this I’ll be leery of any heartwarming features about athletes and their families because it seems like they won’t scratch the surface of the toll it probably took on all of them to get there.

Devon Knox is an extraordinary young gymnast with a real chance to become an Olympian, and her parents, Katie and Eric, have made this goal the focus of their entire lives. However, the shocking death of someone connected to th
Elyse  Walters
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I took forever to finish this book .....which can be read in a day.
I only 'came back' to 'humor myself' with this $1.99 special during those times I was relaxing in our sauna. I save sauna/Kindle reads for those books I'm not dying to finish-- if it takes me 6 weeks -- makes no difference to me.
So... this was a chosen 'sauna-read'. ( always on my old Kindle which still works even in a hot box).

For's possible I come to this story - the world of competitive gymnasts -
with a diff
Larry H
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

While the so-called "mystery" part of this book held about as much suspense as whether Ryan Lochte and his swimming compatriots were actually robbed at gunpoint in Rio, You Will Know Me further cemented Megan Abbott's talent as one of the best creators of mean girls (and adults, for that matter) that is currently writing.

"And so gymnastics became the center, the mighty spine of everything for them."

Katie and Eric Knox have given nearly everything in pursuit of their d
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
"Never again," she told herself. "I won’t be that mom. She needs someplace to be herself. To be messy and sad and human. Real."
To be whatever she was becoming.

Here’s a tense thriller that is more about the journey than the actual mystery. It’s more about the intricacies of the Knox family and the way their world revolves around competitive gymnastics. Told from the mother Katie’s perspective, there’s the recurring theme of parenthood and what it’s like to watch your child grow pulli
Katie and Eric Knox will do anything for their gymnast prodigy Devon. When the boyfriend of one of her gymnastic instructors die, will Katie be able to keep their idyllic life from disintegrating around them?

Here we are, another Megan Abbott book and another series of cold knives in my heart. At first glance, I thought this might be similar to Dare Me, Megan's book about cheerleaders. You Will Know Me is about the parents of star gymnasts and the crazy shit they do for their kids.

From the first
James Thane
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Following Dare Me, a brilliant novel set in the world of teenage cheerleaders, Megan Abbot turns her eye in the direction of another exclusive arena of young girls, gymnastics. This is a very dark, thought-provoking book; brilliantly written as always. And after reading it, you will never watch the Olympic Games, or many other such sporting events, in the same way again. While there is a crime at the heart of this book, this is not a crime novel in the traditional sense. Truth to tell, the crime ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
She hadn't learned, no one had taught her—Katie and Eric hadn't taught her—that the things you want, you never get them. And if you do they're not what you thought they'd be. But you'd still do anything to keep them. Because you wanted them for so long.

And here it is - my favorite Megan Abbott novel of the four I've read.

Megan Abbott's perfect writing style and fantastic characters blend with a creepy storyline to form a near-perfect suspense book. You Will Know Me has an interesting, if so
Joe Valdez
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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My latest foray into the fiction of Megan Abbott is You Will Know Me, in which the Edgar-winning author's tempest of murder and deceit settles over a teenage gymnast shooting for Olympic glory. Published in 2016, this is not a great thriller, but it's an exciting and eerily effective one. Abbott's work enthralls me for the same reason the late Elmore Leonard's does; their coffee may only rate three stars, but unlike Starbucks, their ambiance is a five. As with Dare Me and The Fever, Abbott demon ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
Competitive edge, the pressure to be perfect, and far too much importance attached to a performance. For fifteen year old Devon Knox, perfection in gymnastics is all she has ever wanted. Her parents are willing to do anything to help her achieve it. They may have doubts about a lot of things, but not about Devon's absolute talent. A suspicious death occurs shortly before a major competition, and the fallout from the resultant collateral damage will leave no one untouched. ...more
Diane S ☔
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have long been fascinated by the world of elite gymnasts, one of my favorite things to watch in the Olympics. Why I grabbed this book when it was offered. First of this authors I have read. The storyline involves around this rarified world, and the mystery, who was behind the wheel of the hit and run is seamlessly blended into the lives of these gymnasts. Our narrator is one of the mothers, her daughter Devon is extremely focused, knows what she wants and has since she was a young child. She i ...more
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You Will Know Me is the story of this . . . .

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The person on the track???? Fifteen year old Devon . . . .

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The people who are going to get her there?????

And . . . .

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All of the parties have the same end goal – Olympic gold . . . and nothing will stop them.

I’m going to go against the grain just a weeeeeeee bit and only give this 4 Stars. Truthfully if I hadn’t read this during the day followed by watching the U.S. women gym
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading this book is like watching a great gymnastics performance -- it's powerful, it goes by super fast, and you can't take your eyes from it.

In You Will Know Me we meet the Knox family: Parents Katie and Eric, daughter Devon, and son Drew. Devon is training to be an elite gymnast. Katie and Eric have re-mortgaged the house and piled on tons of credit card debt in order to pay for all the lessons and equipment Devon needs. And poor Drew is often forgotten on the sidelines.

We see the story unfo
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Oh my god a thriller with gymnastics?? Was this book written with me in mind?

Update 10/23/16: probably a 2.5/5
In general just predictable with super dull characters. For a book so tailored to my interests, this failed on a lot of levels.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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That’s what parenthood was about, wasn’t it? Slowly understanding your child less and less until she wasn’t yours anymore but herself.
I have a weakness for books and movies that examine parents of exceptional children. How hard do you push—should you even push at all—to help your child realize their potential? Where is the line between helping them, and living through them in reflected glory? Is there any way for a child to have a semblance of normalcy while pursuing such excellence?

One of my fa
Megan Johnson
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've seen this book pop up here and there in recommendations for a little while now. I'm not sure if it's because I didn't find the cover compelling or what, but for some reason I was never that drawn to it. But over the holidays I decided to try out the Book Of The Month Club and when December picks rolled around, it was seemingly the best choice of the bunch so I gave it a shot.

In short, You Will Know Me is the story of a family whose lives center around one daughter's success in gymnastics.
Jessica Woodbury
A Megan Abbott novel is more than just a book. It is a palpable feeling in the pit of your stomach. It is a steadily-growing sense of dread that something awful is about to happen. Or that perhaps something awful has happened already and you don't know about it yet.

I've read almost every Megan Abbott book and I have yet to read one I didn't like. Her novels are set in an almost-real world. It looks a lot like real life, but something is always just slightly off. You can feel it, that something i
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Children are knives, my mother once said. They don’t mean to, but they cut. And yet we cling to them, don’t we, we clasp them until the blood flows.”

----Joanne Harris

Megan Abbott, the Edgar®-winning author, pens yet another heart-stopping thriller, You Will Know Me, which is yet to publish in the month of July of year 2016, that unfolds the story of a mother with a child prodigy, and this is a mother's tale of how and at what extent she can go to protect her daughter and her husband thereby
Ninoska Goris
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anyone would think that this book is just about everything the Knox family has to do to get their daughter gymnast prodigy Devon to qualify elite, however, it also deals with a death that could be a murder and everything revolves around it.

In general it is predictable and the characters are not in my opinion special or memorable, but although you deduce the plot you want to continue reading because this does not make you lose interest. On the contrary, this is the best thing tha
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

My therapist once said that I have an obsessive personality. He meant this neither as an insult nor a compliment, just a fact that I know what I love and stick with it (e.g., books, psychology/mental health, Ariana Grande). As a kinda obsessive person, I consider it fair game to call all the characters in You Will Know Me obsessed - extremely, obscenely obsessed. Not in a good way, either. They all hone in like hawks on young Devon Knox's success as an aspiring gymnast, the one girl in
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott was a thriller about trying to succeed in the competitive sport of Gymnastics. I found this book hard to read as the characters were so unlikeable. I was amazed at the pressure put on these children to get to the top of their field. I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oh the Masterful Tangled Web She Weaved!

In this mystery thriller, Megan Abbott describes the life of a gymnastics family of four, who will do whatever it takes to help their daughter Devon achieve greatness, and hopefully, a spot in the Olympics. Katie and Eric Knox are the parents of Devon and Drew. Devon is a gymnastics prodigy. They have supported her day in, day out since she was 3 years old as everyone in their community could see her greatness.

The story is about family and how they suppor
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott is a 2016 Little Brown publication.

I put this book on hold way back at the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and quickly discovered I had a very long wait ahead of me. FINALLY, I got a copy and immediately blew through the book at record speed.

I knew I was about to witness a train wreck, but I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages. This book disturbed me for days after I finished it, and I still get a queasy feeling when I think about it.

The story, as you
"Take my hand when I falter, for I cannot make this journey alone. I do not know you, but you will know me."
~Nadia Comaneci, Letters to a Young Gymnast

If, like me, you've lived a life of inexplicable obsession fascination with the world of competitive gymnastics, this latest by the Mighty Megan Abbott is going to rock your world. If you've never given competitive gymnastics a single thought what is wrong with you -- this book is going to rock your world anyway.

In recent years, Abbott has taken
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