You Will Know Me is adolescent girl noir at the top flight of competitive gymnastics. A boiling pot of mystery that takes a step back from the crime itself to emphasize the human element; a moments decision in the beat of a heart, a choice made on a whim and whisper, a promise broken for the promise of another kind. Like Dare Me and The Fever before, You Will Know Me flips the script on conventional crime fiction.
Devon Knox is a child prodigy in the world of gymnastics. From the age of three she’s known everything she wants. The path to elite, Olympics, glory paved by her parents, Eric and Katie at first, and later, Coach T, the Boosters and, everyone it seems. Devon is ok with this, her drive, determination and single minded fully committed on her goals. Megan Abbott articulates this in a way that makes you feel like you’re part of Devon’s life, there with her through every practice, triumph, trial and tribulation.
When Devon’s life is turned upside with the death of a major character – an accident on the surface, a murder beneath, Devon struggles – to cope with the day-to-day growing into her body, training to the best she can, and also just coming to grips with being a teenager, the death thrust her into a world of uncertainty and the reader along with it.
I couldn’t imagine a better narrator than Lauren Fortgang. Megan Abbott’s characters really pop and take on a life of their own. Her performance somehow makes You Will Know Me even better, if possible.