"When you have an extraordinary child," Katie said, a heat under her eyes, "you'll do anything for her…"
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. "Vivid, troubling, and powerful" -- Starred Booklist
Kirkus Reviews says: "Abbott proves herself a master of fingernails-digging-into-your-palms suspense."
See the You Will Know Me tour info here.
Also, read Megan's "By the Book" in the New York Times Book Review
Read a Roundtable discussion on thriller writing with Megan, James Patterson and Blake Crouch in the Wall Street Journal
A teen girl suffers a seizure at school. Then another one does. Then another.
The Nash family is close. Tom is a popular teacher, a father to two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria builds, a series of tightly held secrets emerge, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.
The Fever will be released in paperback on May 12, 2015.
"Masterful...a unique talent with a signature style that gets stronger with every book. With its confident plotting and lyrical prose, The Fever may be her best novel yet."
--Los Angeles Times
"An unforgettable inquiry into the emotional lives of young people... It's also a powerful portrait of community, with interesting echoes of The Crucible...Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer."
--Booklist, Starred Review
"A potboiler in the truest, best sense of that devalued word: Its ingredients are expertly combined, patiently agitated, and heated to an inexorable boil. But it's also a great novel, full stop, without any of the usual genre caveats."
--Adam Sternbergh, Slate
"Thrilling...a gripping story fueled by razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and the insecurities of teenage girls."
"The book to beat… in the "Is it the next 'Gone Girl'?" sweepstakes"
–Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The lives of teenage girls are dangerous, beautiful things in Abbott's stunning novel... Abbott expertly ratchet[s] up the suspense...nothing should be taken at fact value."
—Kirkus, Starred Review
"a chilling tale about a suburban high school whose female students mysteriously begin suffering sudden, unexplained seizures."
"A compelling thriller…Brilliantly evocative of teenage life, when friendships and reputation mean everything."
The Fever has been chosen as one of the best books of the year by Amazon, Kirkus, LA Review of Books, Grantland, the Boston Globe, the Globe & Mail, the Sun Sentinel, the Village Voice, Parade Magazine, School Library Journal, Strand Critics Award, and is one of NPR's favorite novels of the year.
On the Today Show Kate White picked The Fever as her recommended "Summer's Top Read."
Entertainment Weekly Ten Sumer Must Reads (photo below)
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Los Angeles TImes Best Summer Books
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"[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
"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
"The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable. Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern portrait of teenage life today: Brutal crushes, competing allegiances and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of technology."
"A psychologically astute thriller...Abbott's latest is not only a page-turning mystery -- it's also a close look at teen girls' ferocious rivalries and intense bonds."
"Megan Abbott's chilling new novel...turns the frothy world of high-school cheerleading into something truly menacing."
Wall Street Journal
"Abbott has become expert at revealing truths we thought we knew but didn't, delivered in prose that is by turns elegant and incantatory."
"One of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."
"Deft, intelligent and enthralling."
"Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity; [she] grabs hold of you and won't let go."
"Megan Abbott captures the essence of being thirteen - all its magic, its intensity, its headlong power and its terrible vulnerability - and wraps it in a story that's taut, unflinching and very hard to put down."