You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

  • you will know me (7:26)Title:  You Will Know Me: A Novel
  • Author:  Megan Abbott
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Pages:  352
  • Published:  July 2016 – Little Brown
  • Source:  Publisher; Tandem Literary

My take:  You Will Know Me is the story of a family dedicated to the success of one of their children. Devon is a talented gymnast on track to make elite level and ultimately the Olympic team. The hopes of her family, coaches, and other families connected to the gym rest on her shoulders. She seems to take it all in stride until the dynamics of the gym are shaken by the death of someone close to everyone. What follows this event has everyone questioning their relationships and loyalty to each other.

I imagine there are some similarities in what it takes to become an actual elite gymnast – and how entire families are affected by the necessary sacrifices in favor of the gymnast – to the characters in this novel. I found it to be a compelling read that was difficult to put down – especially since I’d just watched most of the Rio Olympic gymnastics competition. Although I figured out the whodunit early on I thought it was an interesting novel all around.

11 thoughts on “You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

  1. Certainly must be taxing on the family if they put total support into one member so they can compete. Is it worth it? Something must have to give. Sounds like a good story with a crime to solve.


    • It’s a very singular focus so I guess it would be worth it if the athlete can end up on the Olympic team or get a college scholarship. I’m sure the average kid who does gymnastics enjoys it for the extra-curricular sport it is and then moves on to some other interest in a couple of years – which is the way I would’ve gone when I was young.


  2. Mary, nice review! I can’t wait to get to this one. I wonder if I’m as clever as you and solve the mystery early 😉


  3. I enjoyed your review…I have been tempted to read this one, but I’m not really into the gymnastics aspect. Maybe the characters and other situations would carry me through?


  4. Not at all I was expecting looking at the cover, I somehow thought this would be much darker than it sounds.

    Alas not a book I can myself reading but thanks for sharing your thoughts on what i’m sure will be loved by those with an interest in gymnasts – I know my (naughty) little sister would enjoy it.


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