Book Review – You Will Know Me

by Megan Abbott (Picador) ISBN: 9781509817276

Devon is a young, aspiring, and extremely talented gymnast. Her path carefully mapped out by her coach and parents: nationals, the elusive status as an ‘elite gymnast’, and then the dream – the Olympics.

Her family have devoted their lives to the pursuit of this dream. Afternoons easily stretch into evenings in the car or waiting at the gym.  Whole weekends sacrificed at the altar of training or tournaments. Their lives, even careers, always secondary to Devon’s training routine. And the ever mounting debt, as stardom never comes cheap.

As the path to glory is plotted in whispers, often late at night, nothing can be allowed to distract Devon. Until of course a young man enters their lives. Ruggedly handsome, stripped down to the waist erecting the latest gym equipment, the young girls and their
mothers cannot help but hover and clamber for his attention.

But disaster strikes as a violent hit-and-run occurs on one of those late evenings after training. The entire community is thrown into upheaval, and slowly questions begin to surface: “Do we really know our children – really?”

You Will Know Me is a disturbing psychological thriller asking questions of all of us. What lengths will we go to for our family?

Wayne Bouwer

Posted on: 26th September 2016