"When you have an extraordinary child," Katie said,
a heat under her eyes, "you'll do anything for her…"
You Will Know Me
The national bestseller, one of the most acclaimed novels of 2016.
Now in paperback!
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 gym 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.
You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.
Learn about the inspiration behind You Will Know Me at Entertainment Weekly.
“Almost unbearably tense, chilling and addictive, You Will Know Me deftly transports the reader to the hyper-competitive arena of gymnastics where the dreams and aspirations of not just families but entire communities rest on the slender shoulders of one teenage girl. Exceptional.”
–Paula Hawkins, author of the #1 bestseller The Girl on the Train
“Gritty, graphic, and yet beautiful and dreamlike in the way the story unfolds, You Will Know Me comes barreling at you with all the power and urgency of a high-speed train, as Abbott asserts herself as one of the greatest crime writers of our time.”
–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl
“That rarefied sweet spot between unnerving psychological suspense and a family drama with heart, You Will Know Me induces equal parts dread and unease, empathy and warmth. The pages couldn’t turn fast enough as I dug deeper into the peculiar and fascinating Knox-family world, trying to figure out who was lying, who was telling the truth, and who was dangerous. Luscious writing, a timely and unique premise, and an ending that will haunt you all summer long.”
–Jessica Knoll, New York Times bestselling author of The Luckiest Girl Alive
“Is there anything Megan Abbott can’t do? We will have to wait for the answer to that question because You Will Know Me continues her formidable winning streak. This story of an ordinary family with an extraordinary child is gorgeously written, psychologically astute, a page-turner that forces you to slow down and savor every word. And, yes—please forgive me—she totally sticks the landing.”
—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of After I’m Gone
"Abbott has a knack for dissecting the dark, beating heart of the most all-American activity... Her Dare Me (2012) brought a Fight Club intensity to cheerleading. This equally dazzling tale [is]....vivid, troubling, and powerful-and Abbott totally sticks the landing."
—Booklist, Starred Review
Stephen King gives a shoutout to You Will Know Me.
"No American is writing more audacious crime fiction than Megan Abbott." – Tom Nolan, WSJ
You Will Know Me chosen one of Best Books of 2016 by NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Time Out NY, the Washington Post, Google, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
"The twinned thrill and peril of teen-age sexuality… recurs in subtle ways throughout the book… [Abbott's] prose, and her focus on teen-age desire, ambition, and secrecy, have a broad, cinematic appeal." — New Yorker
"Mesmerizing and nerve-jangling " — Boston Globe
"Worthy of the gold… a masterful thriller… a terrific accompaniment to this summer's Olympic frenzy." — NPRFresh Air
"Brilliant…Beneath the glittering carapace of Abbott's lush, skillful, subtle writing, it's impossible to know what we're supposed to think… All of this Abbott pulls off with breathtaking skill." — New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
"Our laureate of female adolescence...Abbott's finest novel thus far." — USA Today
"A book with the taut and muscular ruthlessness of a gymnast, a book that disorients with eerie counter-melodies... YOU WILL KNOW ME takes swift, unsettling, apparently effortless flight." — NPR.org
"Brilliant and disturbing...[a] richly textured and chameleonic book." — Wall Street Journal
"Taut and raw, this is a mesmerizing story from a master of suspense." — People
"[Abbott] is in top form in this novel. She resumes her customary role of black cat, opaque and unblinking, filling her readers with queasy suspicion at every turn." – New York Times
Also, read Megan's "By the Book" in the New York Times Book Review
"Ingenious… a masterful tale that's both suspenseful and an eerily accurate portrait of the way teenage and parental cliques operate….It's Abbott's psychological smarts that make "You Will Know Me" such a standout. " – Washington Post
"The underlying tension she sustains is so beautifully unbearable… Scene by scene and moment to moment, she keeps you on edge — the same way "Breaking Bad" did, without the meth or machismo…un-put-downable… Abbott is a literary descendant of Richard Yates [and] John Cheever. " – Chicago Tribune
"Abbott just keeps raising the bar." – New York Magazine
"What puts flesh on the bones of Abbott's flying cheetah of suspense is her insight into parenting, marriage and various sorts of interpersonal rivalry… Abbott [is] above other writers in this genre, making her something of a Stephen King, whose work hangs right on the edge of the literary while making your skin crawl." – Newsday
"A literary stylist… [Abbott's] books are driven as much by intricate character development and rhythmic sentences as they are by plot. They could easily be shelved with literary fiction." – Wall Street Journal
Read a Roundtable discussion on thriller writing with Megan, James Patterson and Blake Crouch in the Wall Street Journal
“Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels” —The Atlantic
“Are We in the Golden Age of Women Crime Writers?” —Independent (UK)
“After Agatha Christie: Female Crime Writers Delve Deep Into Women’s Worst Fears” —The Guardian
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Read Megan’s interview about You Will Know Me in Library Journal