You Will Know Me (Megan Abbott)


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 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. From a writer with “exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl,” (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition.

So, this wasn’t an “OMG I loved it book” and it wasn’t an “OMG why did I even read this” book. It was just…decent. Quick and painless read.

Murder mysteries are usually really dull for me but this one played out really well. Until the end. But up until the last portion of the book I was turning pages very quickly! Especially once the 40% mark came up, I was glued.


But, I had a really hard time jumping onto the narrative and following along with it. The POV was just too complicated for me. It would have almost been a better story if one of the characters were telling it themselves. Plus, the story was all over the place. I really struggled with knowing what was happening and when it was, timeframe wise. Chapter after chapter I kept saying “okay, was this before or after the incident?”

Um HELLO! 1,492 unanswered questions. No matter how many spoilers I seek out, I’ll never know. How frustrating is that! It’s my pet peeves. Take you plot holes and unanswered questions away from. I’m not smart enough for that!


Basically, the only thing that kept me sucked into this book was the “WHO DID IT!?” But then you find out who did it and I was bummed. I could have probably guessed it but I couldn’t find the energy to do so. After I found out what happened, I skimmed. I have no shame. The author should have executed the big reveal and the ending a whole lot better than what she did.


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