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Megan to receive prestigious Pinckley Prize for Crime Fiction

At long last, Dare Me is officially on its way to television!

Give Me Your Hand is nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Give Me Your Hand is named an EW staff pick for July

Give Me Your Hand is named as one of 20 chilling thrillers by women this year by Parade

Give Me Your Hand is named one of the best 19 books to read in August by

Review of Give Me Your Hand  in the New York Times

Give Me Your Hand is named one of the week's best books by the New York Post

Give Me Your Hand is named one of five new books not to miss by USA Today

Megan talks with NPR about female mysteries and monstrosities

Megan talks with Tom Perrotta about moving from novels to TV in Entertainment Weekly

Give Me Your Hand is featured on WRAL

Give Me Your Hand is named one of the best books of the month by Amazon.

Give Me Your Hand is named one of the 11 best crime novels in July by CrimeReads.

Give Me Your Hand  is named one of the 16 best books to read in July by Nylon.

Megan talks to PUNCH about her new book, Raymond Chandler and more.

Megan speaks to Gillian Flynn for Vanity Fair about her book Gone Girl and new TV show.

Give Me Your Handis named one of the best books of the summer by InStyle.

Give Me Your Hand  is named one of the best new books in July by Refinery29.

Give Me Your Hand is named one of seven new books to read in July by Vulture.

Megan speaks to The Sewanee Review.

A profile of Megan in New York Magazine.

Read Megan's LA Times piece on women and true crime.

Megan talks about writing on The Deuce, the new HBO show.

Read Megan’s Afterword for the new reissue of the noir classic, In a Lonely Place.

You Will Know Me is a finalist for the Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger Award, the Anthony Award, the Strand Critics Award and the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel of 2017.

Megan's story "Oxford Girl" is nominated for an Anthony Award and for an Edgar® award by the Mystery Writers of America.

Stephen King gives a shoutout to You Will Know Me.

You Will Know Me chosen one of Best Books of 2016 by NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston GlobeTime Out NY, the Washington PostGooglePublishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews

Read Megan's piece on the Year in Reading for the Millions.

Los Angeles Times interview

By the BookNew York Times Book Review

Bustle interview

Los Angeles Review of Books interview

Electric Literature interview

The following pieces feature Megan and her new novelYou Will Know Me:

Entertainment Weekly interview

NPR interview

"Why Are We So Obsessed with Gymnasts?" at Elle

"How Novelist Megan Abbott Does Breakfast" —ExtraCrispy

Megan's Criterion Top Ten

Think Progress interview

“Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels” in The Atlantic

“Are We in the Golden Age of Women Crime Writers?” asks the Independent (UK)

“After Agatha Christie: Female Crime Writers Delve Deep Into Women’s Worst Fears” in the Guardian




Megan’s homage to author Lois Duncan in The Guardian

Megan’s essay on the movie Laura for the Library of America

Megan’s ode to actress Nancy Allen and director Brian De Palma

Megan's story "Little Men" is nominated for an Anthony Award.

Megan's article on watching movies with her mother for Real Simple.

Megan joins writing staff of David Simon (The Wire)'s new HBO drama, The Deuce.

Learn about Megan's new book, You Will Know Me, in Entertainment Weekly.

Megan's article in the Guardian about crime fiction in 2015 and the success of The Girl on a Train.

Megan's article "Why Women Love to Read About Crime" in New York Magazine.

Megan's new short story "Little Men."

The Fever wins the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel and the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel in a tie with Laura Lippman's After I'm Gone.

The Fever is now being adapted for an MTV series with Sarah Jessica Parker's production company.



Best Books of 2014!

The Fever has been chosen as one of the best books of the year by AmazonKirkusLA Review of BooksGrantland, the Boston Globe, the Globe & Mail, the Sun Sentinelthe Village VoiceParade MagazineSchool Library Journal and is one of NPR's favorite novels of the year. 

Other recognition:

The Fever wins the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel.

The Fever wins the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel in a tie with Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone (below).

Entertainment Weekly Ten Summer Must Reads

New York Times Summer Book Picks

People Magazine Great Summer Reads (below)

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Read Megan’s piece in Cosmo.

Check out the newly released Best American Mystery Stories of 2014, edited by Laura Lippman and Otto Penzler, and featuring a story by Megan Abbott.

Read Megan's review of Langley's Gin in the Wall Street Journal.

Read an interview with Megan in the National Post, in which she is called "Patricia Highsmith's heir apparent" -- or
in the Wall Street Journal, in which she is called a "rising crime-fiction star."

Megan weighs in on some "musts" of summer entertainment in the New York Times (see recommendations also from Anderson Cooper, Michael Cera, Richard LaGravenese, Gene Simmons, Alfred Molina...)

Sarah Jessica Parker loves The Fever! (below)


Look for Megan's essay for the Criterion edition of Picnic at Hanging Rock

Read Megan's noir tale from the Twitter Fiction Festival.

Just in time for the new Flowers in the Attic movie: Megan's essay for The Believer with co-author Sara Gran on V.C. Andrews, available for the first time online.

Megan Abbott selected as 2013-2014 John Grisham Writer-in-Residence

Dare Me movie news

Jezebel on Megan Abbott’s “Intoxicating Noir".

Dare Me chosen as one of the year’s best novels and will be featured in Crime Thriller TV Book Club series in the UK. Read a Q&A here.   

Read Megan’s roundtable discussion with authors Lisa Lutz and Kelly Braffet at the Rumpus.

Listen to a new interview.

Authors Megan Abbott and Gabriel Roth write each other letters

Read Megan's story "Telltale" in the summer issue of Glamour magazine.

Dare Me chosen as one of Amazon's Best Books of 2012!

Dare Me nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel of 2013

Dare Me chosen by Booklist as one of the year’s Best Crime Novels

Megan writes an issue of Marvel's The Punisher. For interviews about the issue, visit here and here.

Dare Me is headed for the silver screen: Fox 2000 options novel for feature film
Fox 2000 has optioned Megan Abbott's Dare Me on behalf of producer Karen Rosenfelt (The Devil Wears Prada, Twilight), who is currently developing feature adaptations of Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief and Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up. Abbott is attached to pen the script. 


Read Megan's article "Looking Past the Smile and the Sheen" in the New York Times 

Dare Me has been short listed for the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger Award for Best Thriller 

"Girls on Top": A Profile of Megan in Publisher's Weekly (paywall) 

KirkusDare Me: Top 10 Not-to-Miss Fiction 

Read Megan's interview with legendary crime writer Elmore Leonard. 

Read Megan's discussion of James Sallis's Driven with noir editor Boris Drayluk in the Los Angeles Review of Books

Megan's book Dare Me will be released 10 May in the UK, and July 31 in the US. Learn more, and read an excerpt.

Read Megan's recent New York Times article here



Recognition for The End of Everything


Megan's review of Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers in the Los Angeles Review of Books 

Megan's essay in Salon on Tatum O'Neal and the Plight of Celebrity Daughters 

The End of Everything was chosen as Richard & Judy's Lead Fall Book Club Pick at WHSmith Booksellers! For Richard & Judy's reviews, a free sample chapter, a Q&A and more, click here

Check out Megan's "playlist" for The End of Everything on Largehearted Boy

Hear Megan's interview with Edward Champion on The Bat Segundo Show.

Read Megan's interview with Scott Montgomery of Austin's beloved BookPeople.

See Megan's summer book picks in Time Magazine's "Pages to Turn, From 23 Writers We Admire"


"Abbott isn't merely a poster girl for this increasingly progressive atmosphere surrounding 'genre.' Her novels are distinguished by rhythmic prose, historical settings, and a candor about the way people live." --The Millions

New York Magazine classifies The End of Everything as "brilliant"

A Marie Claire (UK) 'Long Hot Summer' book: "Already being comparedirl," featured in the new LA Noire anthology from Mulholland Books to accompany the blockbuster new videogame from RockStar Games. Read an excerpt here, and read about the project's incarnation on Megan's blog here.