Book Review for GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott
GIVE ME YOUR HAND by Megan Abbott
Little, Brown and Company
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A dark, smart, and addictive tale about how far people will go to further their careers as well as dealing with the questionable morality of the characters.
GIVE ME YOUR HAND, at its core, is a story about the complexity of human nature. Abbott masterfully creates a narrative which exposes the flaws, inner turmoil, and emotional depth of her characters as she develops the tension.
Though not a traditional hardboiled crime novel, this book does deal with several murders and mysteries in a way I think most fans of the genre will like. The back and forth from the past and the present allows the reader to get a better understanding of the dynamic between the Kit and Diane. I loved the careful unveiling of the secret these two held.
However, for me, the psychological aspects and the blurring of lines between the PMDD study and true mental illness were the most addictive. Not to mention the characters themselves. By revealing their faults and manipulating them, the author gives her reader an understanding of how people could act or react to situations. Both Kit and Diane are not perfect, but I still connected with them. Maybe it was because of their imperfections that I felt this way. I will not give up what happens in the book, but I can say this. Even though you may start out thinking there is villain in this novel, you will soon realize things are not as black and white as they may seem. I mean...isn't the best parts of a story the gray blurry parts which push you out of your normal way of thinking? I'd like to believe so.
This is yet another amazingly intricate novel by Abbott. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" (Meg Wolitzer) psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me.
Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.
More than a decade later, Kit thinks she's put Diane behind her forever and she's begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.
About the Author: Megan Abbott is an Edgar Award-winning author of several novels. She received her PhD in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 17, 2018)
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