4 star reviews, Book reviews, thriller, Women's Fiction

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

4/5 stars

IMG-2474From the Publisher:

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.
Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by Cosmopolitan, Book Riot, and Entertainment Weekly

My Review:

This book is about Kat and Diane, two girls that meet at camp and are instantly drawn to each other as girls who are away from home and friends at fifteen sometimes can be.  The last night of camp, with their roommates, they confide secrets in each other.

A year later, Diane is the new student at Kat’s high school.  Kat is smart and desperate to get out of her working class town and Diane encourages her and helps her believe in herself and her ability to get into a prestigious program.

Years later, Kat is working on a research project for PMDD – Premenstraul Dysphoric Disorder – which is basically where women get very violent before their periods.  Kat joins the very competitive team and it’s sort of down hill from there, a lot comes out about the past.  Several team members are murdered.  A mystery is unraveled.

I love Megan Abbott’s writing.  She is a go-to author for me.  Her writing is so darkly poetic and raw and visceral.  Her descriptions of things so interesting and literary.  But, when I read that this was about a science lab, I was afraid I might not like that part, but since it was about PMDD – which I had heard of but never knew much about – I found it fascinating. PMDD is a severe form of PMS that is sometimes used as a defense for a crime.  I found that very interesting.

This book moves fast and both Kat and Diane’s characters are probed deeply for psychological issues, something that I really enjoy in a novel.

 

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