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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  9,856 ratings  ·  1,478 reviews
A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me (Meg Wolitzer).

Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely
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Hardcover, 343 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Emily May
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fear all men have that there’s something inside us that shifts, and turns. A living thing, once dormant, stirring now, and filled with rage.

Not quite as good as You Will Know Me, in my opinion, but still another great example of why Megan Abbott is one of my favourite authors.

I can't recall any writer this adept at crafting complex, flawed female characters and the relationships between them. Abbott crawls deep inside the female brain - to all its dark places, thoughts and jealousies - and
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karen
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
and, BOOM - review posted today!

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I GET TO REVIEW THIS FOR L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Holly  B
3.5 Stars!

Dark secrets embedded in a totally unique thriller...

Most teenagers have secrets they share with friends. There is nothing unusual about that, but this secret is so dark that it threatens to change the course of two lives.  Thankfully none of my high school friends shared any secrets that gave me nightmares. Kit is haunted by the secret Diane shared with her (she did what?!!). She wants to rid herself of it, but the cat is out of the bag.

I loved the "Then" and "Now" format as we lear
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Give Me Your Hand follows two ex-friends forced into a competition over a spot in an elite chemistry team, and in joint past-and-present tense, develops into a slow burn thriller about the nature of keeping secrets for people close to you, and how the darkness of someone near you can be what kills you.

Okay, first of all, Megan Abbott is one of the most talented authors in the adult thriller genre. Her descriptions give her entire writing this very sinister feel, and it’s glorious. But there’s al
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Diane S ☔
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cunning and clever. Kit meets Diana at school, both runners, both work harder than anyone else, both want to win the scholarship sponsored by the reknown Dr. Severin. Only one, however, will win this prize. A secret is a secret only when the one with the secret never tells. Diane has a big secret, one she tells Kit, who she considers her friend, but friends can so easily become rivals, when both want the same thing.

Years pass, Kit works with Dr. Severin in her lab on a study of female menses, wh
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Larry H
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars.

"I guess I always knew, in some subterranean way, Diane and I would end up back together. We are bound, ankle to ankle, a monstrous three-legged race. Accidental accomplices. Wary conspirators. Or Siamese twins, fused in some hidden place. It's that powerful, this thing we share. A murky history, its narrative near impenetrable. We keep telling it to ourselves, noting its twists and turns, trying to make sense of it. And hiding it from everyone else."

When Kit and Diane became friends i
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Debra
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
How well do you know your friends? What are the ties that bind? What can pull two friends apart?

Kit Owens and Diane Fleming met when they are teenagers at camp. Then one day, Diane appears in Kit's chemistry class. Their friendship is sealed, and they soon become inseparable. Both girls become driven to do well not only in school but in life. Both are very intelligent, and both seem to have similar interests in science. Then one day, Diane shares a secret with Kit, a secret which changes their f
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Susanne  Strong
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
4 Stars.

Kit and Diane met while in High School and became fast friends. As fellow runners, they drove each other to become better. When Diane transferred to Kit’s school during their Senior year, their friendship continued and both excelled in school and in running, until one day when Diane divulged a terrible secret to Kit. One which destroyed their friendship and which Kit was sworn to keep forever.

Years later, Kit is a Research Scientist in a lab, working for her idol, Dr. Severin. Kit’s goa
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Chelsea Humphrey
3.5 STARS

I'm really torn here... On one hand, Megan Abbott is queen, but this definitely isn't my favorite book she's written. I adore how she can write a female relationship unlike any author I've come across before; she gets all the nuances just right and injects a creepy vibe that carries the narrative AND plot without much action from the characters. I'm not sure if I just wasn't as invested in the characters this go around, as it took a little longer for me to become engrossed in the story,
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Dan Schwent
When she was 17, Kit's friend Diane made a confession to her that chilled her to the bone and almost derailed her life. Now, years later, Kit is a research scientist and Diane has reappeared in her life. Will Kit be able to coexist with Diane with the dark cloud looming over them?

Megan Abbott has been a favorite of mine for the past few years and I pounced on this as soon as I saw it on Netgalley.

Give Me Your Hand is a tale of secrets and the consequences of keeping them. Sooner or later, every
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JanB
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Kit and Diane are friends when both are in their teens. Diana’s influence helps Kit reach for the stars and compete for a coveted scholarship, a prize that Kit thought was beyond her reach. Only one girl will win, making them rivals. One day Diana tells Kit a secret, a secret that is so explosive it haunts Kit and their friendship suffers. The secret is a burden that weighs heavily on her heart and mind. They drift apart.

Years later they find themselves both scientists and once again i
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Kemper
She blinded me with science!

Kit Owens is a bright high school girl didn’t think much about her future until she met Diane Fleming when Diane’s dreams of a career in chemistry rub off on her. The two young women become both study buddies and rivals that push each other to excel until Diane confides a dark secret that shatters their friendship. Years later Kit is working in a lab and hoping to score one of the few slots available in a prestigious project when Diane is hired by her boss. Kit strugg
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I'm at 42%. I'm saying this one got the best of me. DNF



Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
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It appears I read this one wrong. It also appears that I spend a goodly chunk of time using my review space saying “if you like Megan Abbott, then you’ll like this” on books that I actually liked more than most Abbott books – excluding, of course, The End of Everything because that thing was the bomb diggity. Now please don’t get it twisted and think I won’t IMMEDIATELY cut wait patiently in line for her next release because I absolut
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Char
At 1:30 Saturday morning, I finished reading GIVE ME YOUR HAND. It was worth every one of those late minutes!

Kit Owens and Diane Fleming are not your normal teen girls. (I'm not sure if Megan Abbott has written any stories about normal teen girls, come to think of it.) They are good students and they both jog. They push each other to be better runners and they both come to realize that they want to be scientists. Every since the beautiful and mysterious Dr. Severin came to their school to talk a
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Jessica Woodbury
You either know Megan Abbott books or you don't. Once you start reading her novels, I'm not sure you can stop. They are so consistent in the things that matter: stories with tight suspense and clear prose, stories of women and girls and the darkness in them. They are hypnotizing, the kind of books you cannot stop reading, books that keep you up late at night, books that linger in your brain after they're over. And clearly I think she's done it again with GIVE ME YOUR HAND.

This book is absolutel
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Dianne
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
I loved this! I’ve only read one other Megan Abbott book (“Dare Me”) and I remember how much I liked her writing. This isn’t quite as stylized, but the prose is still very crisp and immaculate; the writing as memorable as the characters and story.

“Give Me Your Hand” is the story of two girls who meet briefly at a summer camp, then reconnect in their senior years of high school. Diane Fleming is a mystery; a tall, cool, inscrutable and brainy beauty who seems to be harboring a secret. Kit Owens i
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Michelle
I'm not going to lie. I am a HUGE Megan Abbott fan. I have read 4 of her previous books and I enjoyed them all immensely. I was so delighted to be able to get an early ARC of Give Me Your Hand. So, was it as good as I anticipated?

I liked this book but I didn't love it as much as her others.

Kit and Diane meet in high school. They share a love of chemistry and cross country running. While they support each others endeavors there is still a rivalry of sorts between the two. Kit has never met anyo
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Kat
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-3
This was a really interesting thriller/character study! The start was kind of unusual and it took me a little while to figure out what sort of book I was getting into, but I ended up really enjoyed it. The present-day segments were really engaging. Kit and Diane are scientists in a lab researching bio-genetics, which was unique and well-researched, with a great cast of characters, and once the story got churning, it was impossible to put down. I always look for books with a unique setting and pr ...more
Jan
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, suspense
3.5 stars

I liked it, just can't say I loved it.

What I liked:
-The relationship between the 2 main characters. They fed off of each other in a way that I haven't read before and it was the driving force of the whole book.
-The premise that this all started with the telling of a secret as a teen, and the life long effects it had on the both of them.

What I didn't like:
-The pace was a bit slow for my liking and seemed to flat line a lot.
-The bouncing back at forth between timelines felt a bit jarring
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Tammie
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Give Me Your Hand was a solid 4 stars for me. Kit and Diane are high school buddies, that is until Diane tells Kit a secret. Not just any kind of secret-a dangerous, change your life, never in a million years forget, type of secret. Kit is obviously haunted by this secret but she’s getting ready to graduate HS and plans on putting some serious distance between her and Diane. That was “then” though-fast forward to the present, where Kit is working in a prestigious research lab and just found out ...more
Alex
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
You wonder how many more varieties of driven, murderous teen girls Megan Abbott can come up with. She's already covered the obvious trifecta - gymnasts, cheerleaders and, um, witches - and now she's on to...science nerds? What's next?

Intense Teens Who Might Still Murder Somebody
- Theater girls
- Girls who just became vegetarians
- A cappella singers
- Yearbook editors

The reason Megan Abbott is (slightly) less famous than, like, Gillian Flynn is, she doesn't have the flair for big twists. She's won
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Faith
A psychopath, a patsy and an ethically challenged scientist meet in an absurd plot. Kit Owens and Diane Fleming were friends for a short time when they were in high school. Diane shared a terrible secret with Kit and it ended the friendship. It was pathetically easy to figure out what this secret was.

Now 12 years later, Kit is a post doc and Diane reappears in her life. Kit wants to be assigned to a new research project led by Dr. Lena Severin. They will be studying premenstrual dysphoric disor
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Josh
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Megan Abbot has a wonderful ability to convey the inner most desires of her characters in a way which feels like the reader is peaking beneath a curtain into the watery pools of their emotions.

Give Me Your Hand is noir without the sepia splash and minus the mysterious fedora-wearing character. In their place are test tubes, lab mice, and vibrant characters full of life who are bursting at the seams with secrets and ambition.

Under a microscope, Kit Owens and Diane Fleming share a thirst for scie
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Marialyce
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
3.5 emotionally charged stars

“Nothing is more creative... nor destructive... than a brilliant mind with a purpose.” (Dan Brown)

There is a lot to be said about brilliant minds and the need to be the very best. One can give up everything to achieve the awards, the scholarships, the accolades, and the recognition they so desire. One can even give up a life to pursue their ends. Meet Kit Owens and Diane Fleming two intense girls brought together in Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand.

They meet in high
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Kristy
Kit Owens is surviving high school but not living up to her true potential when Diane Fleming arrives at her school. Diane awakens a fire in Kit and the two form an unlikely friendship that propels Kit to academic success in her senior year. She and Diane study together and push each other to reach to be the best. Kit can't help but feel bad for her friend, who lives with her grandfather after the death of her dad. But all that changes when Diane shares an explosive secret with Kit, one that cha ...more
Chris
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a beautifully written thriller -- and this is exactly that. Not a who-done-it, but a why-done-it, with palpable dread on every page. And, as my own readers know, I love dread. And so I loved this exquisite novel.
Jenna
Are you...crying?! There’s no crying in...science!
There might be murder, though.

I feel like Megan Abbott is sort of the Tom Hanks of thrillers. Everyone pretty much seems to love her, and deservedly so; her talent is pretty much consistently unimpeachable, more or less a safe and sure bet. Here she’s given us another totally solid book, which for me fell somewhere between a completely respectable 3 and 4 stars. (A Lab of Their Own?? sorry, couldn’t resist...).

I do think it’s a fair observation t
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Megan Abbott is the award winning author behind the novel Give Me Your Hand. Abbott’s niche is noir fiction. Give Me Your Hand is a prime example of a chilling psychological thriller. With a dramatic shattered glass style front cover, there is an ominous tone to this novel, before you have even read the first sentence. Give Me Your Hand centres on two strong female protagonists, Diane and Kit, who were best friends in high school. A rift formed between Diane
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Darinda
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Kit and Diane were best friends in high school, until Diane told Kit a disturbing secret one day. Now, 10 years later, the two women are vying for a coveted position on a special project in a research lab. Kit is not pleased to see Diane. When Diane finds out a secret about Kit, things become even more complicated.

The story of what happened between Kit and Diane unfolds with alternate timelines. The "Then" is when they were teenagers, best friends with ambitious futures in science. The "Now" is
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Megan Abbott is the Edgar®-winning author of the novels Die a Little, Queenpin, The Song Is You, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me, The Fever and You Will Know Me. Her next book, Give Me Your Hand, will be published in July 2018.

Abbott is a staff writer on HBO's THE DEUCE. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magaz
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