Give Me Your Hand
A mesmerizing psychological thriller about how a secret can bind two friends together forever...or tear them apart. 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.

Give Me Your Hand Details

TitleGive Me Your Hand
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 17th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Rating
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Give Me Your Hand Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    The fear all men have that there’s something inside us that shifts, and turns. A living thing, once dormant, stirring now, and filled with rage. Not quite as good as You Will Know Me, in my opinion, but still another great example of why Megan Abbott is one of my favourite authors.I can't recall any writer this adept at crafting complex, flawed female characters and the relationships between them. Abbott crawls deep inside the female brain - to all its dark places, thoughts and jealousies - and The fear all men have that there’s something inside us that shifts, and turns. A living thing, once dormant, stirring now, and filled with rage. Not quite as good as You Will Know Me, in my opinion, but still another great example of why Megan Abbott is one of my favourite authors.I can't recall any writer this adept at crafting complex, flawed female characters and the relationships between them. Abbott crawls deep inside the female brain - to all its dark places, thoughts and jealousies - and captures it in such a way that I can feel the story getting under my skin. Her novels are novels of atmosphere and a creeping impossible-to-ignore sense of wrongness under the mundanity. “Haven’t you ever done something in the blink of an eye and then realized it was wrong? That it was all wrong?” Give Me Your Hand is about the friendship and rivalry between two bright and brilliant women - Kit and Diane. As teens, they were inseparable, with Diane fueling Kit's ambition and offering the drive she needed to stay on track for the Severin scholarship. Dr Severin is famous for her studies on female disorders, and particularly PMDD - PMS's nastier and more debilitating sister.After Diane reveals a dark secret to Kit, their friendship falls apart and the girls go their separate ways, both to successful careers. In the "now", Kit is employed in Dr Severin's lab and working her ass off to get onto the research team for PMDD. Everything seems to be going well until Dr Severin hires an amazing researcher from Harvard. Diane, of course. Then, Kit's life gets turned upside down again.Abbott combines the difficulties of being a woman with a tense, slow-burn thriller. She gradually lifts the curtain on Diane's secret, piece by piece, until I was dying to know what happened. And Diane herself is allowed to be a bit sinister, a bit villainous, without ever feeling like a caricature. This book is about the power of secrets, the past's habit of coming back to haunt you, and also the fine line between female friendship and rivalry (as most of Abbott's thrillers are). It's something that fascinates me. Women often have deep, all-encompassing friendships built on loyalty and sharing secrets, but we are also pitted against one another. When two female celebrities wear the same dress, it’s all about who wore it best. There has to be a winner; some kind of hierarchy. It's so easy for friendship to turn sour; for an ally to become a rival. The raw, ugly, mottled things you fear about yourself in your most private moments—what happens when someone says them aloud to you? The feeling like your skin slipped from your body, showing everything, red and veined. At the root of this book, there are so many themes of female passion, ambition, and weakness. Everything from the casual misogyny of the male scientists to the PMDD present obstacles for women, and I really liked how every single female character who walks into this book shines with her own distinct personality. Even the female detective - who we should view as an enemy of the protagonists - is likable in her brief scenes.I can't quite decide if Abbott thinks that women are wonderful, worthy of the utmost admiration, or if she thinks they are as ferocious and terrifying as men have suspected all along. It's probably a bit of both.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    and, BOOM - review posted today! https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/s...*****************************************************I GET TO REVIEW THIS FOR L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    Give Me Your Hand follows two ex-friends forced into a competition over a spot in an elite chemistry team, and in joint past-and-present tense, develops into a slow burn thriller about the nature of keeping secrets for people close to you, and how the darkness of someone near you can be what kills you.Okay, first of all, Megan Abbott is one of the most talented authors in the adult thriller genre. Her descriptions give her entire writing this very sinister feel, and it’s glorious. But there’s al Give Me Your Hand follows two ex-friends forced into a competition over a spot in an elite chemistry team, and in joint past-and-present tense, develops into a slow burn thriller about the nature of keeping secrets for people close to you, and how the darkness of someone near you can be what kills you.Okay, first of all, Megan Abbott is one of the most talented authors in the adult thriller genre. Her descriptions give her entire writing this very sinister feel, and it’s glorious. But there’s also a hint of sardonic humor to her writing. What’s interesting here is none of the characters, including the lead, are good people. But perhaps the strongest antihero of the book is Diane. And I… empathized with Diane. A lot more than expected. Which I think is perhaps the most transcendent part of the book; that we find so much sympathy for these characters, even though we shouldn’t. This book also thrives primarily off a relationship between two women, and just as the relationship between Beth and Addie in Dare Me, it is wonderful and fucked up. They are at once each other's biggest rivals and each other's biggest allies and Kit's feelings for Diane are so wonderfully complicated.Megan Abbott’s work never really sustains itself off plot twists or reveals for me; she’s more of a talent at creep factor and character work. But I will say there’s this particularly nasty twist towards the end, and I didn’t think there would be another twist, and it’s kind of the most fucked up part of the entire book. This book is fantastic and creepy and atmospheric and fucked up, and I can’t wait to read more by this author.Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars! Dark secrets embedded in a totally unique thriller... Most teenagers have secrets they share with friends. There is nothing unusual about that, but this secret is so dark that it threatens to change the course of two lives.  Thankfully none of my high school friends shared any secrets that gave me nightmares. Kit is haunted by the secret Diane shared with her (she did what?!!). She wants to rid herself of it, but the cat is out of the bag.I loved the "Then" and "Now" format as we lear 3.5 Stars! Dark secrets embedded in a totally unique thriller... Most teenagers have secrets they share with friends. There is nothing unusual about that, but this secret is so dark that it threatens to change the course of two lives.  Thankfully none of my high school friends shared any secrets that gave me nightmares. Kit is haunted by the secret Diane shared with her (she did what?!!). She wants to rid herself of it, but the cat is out of the bag.I loved the "Then" and "Now" format as we learn about the two high school friends, Kit and Diane and the past they shared.  Fast forward ten years and Kit is the only female working in a prestigious lab. That is until her old pal Diane walks through the door! ( Oh god no, not her!) This is when things start to go crazy!   This novel has a bit of all the genres. Some science with the laboratory setting and the research going on (even mice make an appearance), a bit of a YA feel with the high school rivalry, part thriller and maybe even a tad touch of horror. Yes, a fine wine.I thought this one was a fast read and well paced, but not my favorite.  I did set my believability factor aside to fully enjoy this one.  I'm looking forward to reading another book by this author because her writing was just so engaging.Thanks to NG and Little, Brown and Company for my ARC.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    How well do you know your friends? What are the ties that bind? What can pull two friends apart?Kit Owens and Diane Fleming met when they are teenagers at camp. Then one day, Diane appears in Kit's chemistry class. Their friendship is sealed, and they soon become inseparable. Both girls become driven to do well not only in school but in life. Both are very intelligent, and both seem to have similar interests in science. Then one day, Diane shares a secret with Kit, a secret which changes their f How well do you know your friends? What are the ties that bind? What can pull two friends apart?Kit Owens and Diane Fleming met when they are teenagers at camp. Then one day, Diane appears in Kit's chemistry class. Their friendship is sealed, and they soon become inseparable. Both girls become driven to do well not only in school but in life. Both are very intelligent, and both seem to have similar interests in science. Then one day, Diane shares a secret with Kit, a secret which changes their friendship forever. Kit shared a secret she had at camp, but it wasn't as big as Diane's secret. The teens drift apart and both go their separate ways.As both were intelligent and had interests in the scientific field, they soon cross paths once again when they are both making names for themselves in their chosen fields. Diane is hired to work in the same lab as Kit and they learn that they are up for the same position working under a brilliant scientist whom they both idolize.This both is told through "Now" and "Then" chapters filling in the gaps of their friendship. The reader finally learns the "secret" and the impact it has on the women's lives. At the same time the reader watches as those in the lab vie for the coveted position and things take a turn and yet again their lives are changed.Part of this book takes place in a lab, but I did not feel that any of the scientific language or experiments got in the way of the story. It would be strange if the object of their study was not discussed as most of the characters were scientists. Yes, there is discussion about experiments being done on animals, so be warned! Some may not like these sections. For me this book was good not great. It was a fast read and well written but at the same time it failed to really "wow" me. I didn't really care for any of the characters, I didn't find anything to be too shocking or overly interesting. This is a book which I think had a lot of potential and it just fell a little flat for me. I still enjoyed it but was just missing that spark which would have made the book better for me personally. Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars.Kit and Diane met while in High School and became fast friends. As fellow runners, they drove each other to become better. When Diane transferred to Kit’s school during their Senior year, their friendship continued and both excelled in school and in running, until one day when Diane divulged a terrible secret to Kit. One which destroyed their friendship and which Kit was sworn to keep forever. Years later, Kit is a Research Scientist in a lab, working for her idol, Dr. Severin. Kit’s goa 4 Stars.Kit and Diane met while in High School and became fast friends. As fellow runners, they drove each other to become better. When Diane transferred to Kit’s school during their Senior year, their friendship continued and both excelled in school and in running, until one day when Diane divulged a terrible secret to Kit. One which destroyed their friendship and which Kit was sworn to keep forever. Years later, Kit is a Research Scientist in a lab, working for her idol, Dr. Severin. Kit’s goals are finally within her grasp and then Diane walks in - she is the new member of the team and from that point forward everything goes boom. If Kit thought her relationship with Diane was complicated before, she was wrong. In Give Me Your Hand, Megan Abbott creates an interesting story with characters whose lives are quite complicated and whose stories draw you in. Unfortunately for me, there was just a little something missing here.. perhaps it was an intensity - that I had come to expect from Ms. Abbott’s prior novels, which left me wanting more. Regardless, this was an easy, enjoyable read and it held my interest throughout. Thank you to NetGalley, Little Brown and Company and Megan Abbott for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 7.21.18.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSI'm really torn here... On one hand, Megan Abbott is queen, but this definitely isn't my favorite book she's written. I adore how she can write a female relationship unlike any author I've come across before; she gets all the nuances just right and injects a creepy vibe that carries the narrative AND plot without much action from the characters. I'm not sure if I just wasn't as invested in the characters this go around, as it took a little longer for me to become engrossed in the story, 3.5 STARSI'm really torn here... On one hand, Megan Abbott is queen, but this definitely isn't my favorite book she's written. I adore how she can write a female relationship unlike any author I've come across before; she gets all the nuances just right and injects a creepy vibe that carries the narrative AND plot without much action from the characters. I'm not sure if I just wasn't as invested in the characters this go around, as it took a little longer for me to become engrossed in the story, or if maybe I've read too many books in this vein, but either way I fully accept that I'll be in the minority here. You can also bet your bottom dollar that I'll be waiting with bated breath for Abbott's next novel, just as I have all the times before. I'll try to add more thoughts closer to pub date. * I received a review copy from the publisher.
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  • Dan Schwent
    January 1, 1970
    When she was 17, Kit's friend Diane made a confession to her that chilled her to the bone and almost derailed her life. Now, years later, Kit is a research scientist and Diane has reappeared in her life. Will Kit be able to coexist with Diane with the dark cloud looming over them?Megan Abbott has been a favorite of mine for the past few years and I pounced on this as soon as I saw it on Netgalley. Give Me Your Hand is a tale of secrets and the consequences of keeping them. Sooner or later, every When she was 17, Kit's friend Diane made a confession to her that chilled her to the bone and almost derailed her life. Now, years later, Kit is a research scientist and Diane has reappeared in her life. Will Kit be able to coexist with Diane with the dark cloud looming over them?Megan Abbott has been a favorite of mine for the past few years and I pounced on this as soon as I saw it on Netgalley. Give Me Your Hand is a tale of secrets and the consequences of keeping them. Sooner or later, everything comes back to bite you in the ass. Kit learns this the hard way, as do a lot of the people in her orbit. The story is told in two threads, one in high school, the other in the present day. It's a departure from her recent run of girl-noir books but change is fine in this case.Diane and Kit were more rivals than friends, both runners, each one of the smartest in their highschool in sleepy Lanister. Yes, Lanister, oddly fitting since I compare the machinations of teenage girls in Megan Abbott's books to Game of Thrones characters. Diane confesses something to Kit that nearly drives her mad. Years later, Kit's on the verge of having the life of a scientist she always wanted when Diane pops up again, a sociopathic bad penny.This story is doomed to take a dark turn from the start and it does, of course. I always feel like Megan's giving the male part of her audience a secret window into the relationships of teenage girls, infinitely more complex than the comparatively shallow, sex-obsessed psyche of teenage boys. Casual eating disorders and sharing deep secrets seem to be the norm.We also get a glimpse of how tough it is for women in the science field, both in Kit and Diane's competition with their lab mates and in Dr. Severin, the bad ass female scientist that is practically Wonder Woman to Kit, who seems willing to do anything to get what she wants.The way Diane's secret is revealed is masterful, doled out in tiny morsels until you can't take anymore. When she shows up in the present day, things quickly veer into the exact wrong direction, like S.E. Hinton by way of Jim Thompson. Then something baffling happens and there are some Telltale Heart moments and things really get tense for a while. As with her previous books, like Dare Me, You Will Know Me, and The End of Everything, I felt wrung out by the end. While a lot of other crime books get more press, Megan Abbott's are the best thing in the genre today. Five out of five stars.
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  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    At 1:30 Saturday morning, I finished reading GIVE ME YOUR HAND. It was worth every one of those late minutes!Kit Owens and Diane Fleming are not your normal teen girls. (I'm not sure if Megan Abbott has written any stories about normal teen girls, come to think of it.) They are good students and they both jog. They push each other to be better runners and they both come to realize that they want to be scientists. Every since the beautiful and mysterious Dr. Severin came to their school to talk a At 1:30 Saturday morning, I finished reading GIVE ME YOUR HAND. It was worth every one of those late minutes!Kit Owens and Diane Fleming are not your normal teen girls. (I'm not sure if Megan Abbott has written any stories about normal teen girls, come to think of it.) They are good students and they both jog. They push each other to be better runners and they both come to realize that they want to be scientists. Every since the beautiful and mysterious Dr. Severin came to their school to talk about her lab work and what it meant to perform studies and to do research, they both dedicate themselves to their goal. Then Diane shares a dark secret with Kit, one that Kit can't get out of her mind-one that's eating her alive. But eventually Kit gets past it and they both graduate and move on with their separate lives. Fast forward a number of years and Kit has achieved her goal. She works in Dr. Severin's lab and is vying for an important spot on a team studying PMDD, a horrible offshoot of PMS that causes all kinds of problems for women. She's almost certain to obtain that rare position-that is until she's told that Diane Fleming is also vying for the same spot. How will Diane's return affect Kit? Who will get those valuable positions on Dr. Severin's team? What about the secret they both share, how will it affect them now that they are together again? You'll have to read this to find out!Megan Abbott's writing is pure gold and this book is no different. Inside the warped minds of teenage girls and then again inside their heads as women, she nails it. Not only that, she unflinchingly depicts what it's like for women in the mostly man's world of scientific academia. With fierce competition at hand these men are respectful...until they're not. As a woman in a mostly man's world, (just cars, nothing hoity toity like science), I could identify with these women and what they went through. In the end though, a scientific world and some chauvinistic attitudes are only a small part of this twisted tale. I felt that the pacing of this story was fast and I had a difficult time pulling away from it. Just when I thought I'd read one more chapter something else would happen and I was compelled to read on. This is my favorite Megan Abbott book so far, (though I still have a few to read yet), and it was partially because I'm a super fan of the THEN and NOW format and it worked beautifully here. It helped build the tension and suspense and just kept me going on. And on. And on...until the stunning denouement that floored me. Floored me, I say!GIVE ME YOUR HAND was an excellent mystery/thriller/suspense novel full of interesting and mysterious characters and it was a BLAST! I highly recommend it!Available everywhere on July 17th, but you can pre-order your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Give-Your-Hand...*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    You either know Megan Abbott books or you don't. Once you start reading her novels, I'm not sure you can stop. They are so consistent in the things that matter: stories with tight suspense and clear prose, stories of women and girls and the darkness in them. They are hypnotizing, the kind of books you cannot stop reading, books that keep you up late at night, books that linger in your brain after they're over. And clearly I think she's done it again with GIVE ME YOUR HAND. This book is absolutel You either know Megan Abbott books or you don't. Once you start reading her novels, I'm not sure you can stop. They are so consistent in the things that matter: stories with tight suspense and clear prose, stories of women and girls and the darkness in them. They are hypnotizing, the kind of books you cannot stop reading, books that keep you up late at night, books that linger in your brain after they're over. And clearly I think she's done it again with GIVE ME YOUR HAND. This book is absolutely consistent with Abbott's oeuvre, but also presents us something new. Kit and Diane are smart, united as teenagers they are more together than they were apart, they become more ambitious and more invested in the future. A secret revealed eventually divides them until they are united again, now successful scientists in a prominent lab, but neither has forgotten what they both know.The themes of blood and hysteria in women are writ large here, yes there will be several Lady Macbeth references. But they feel earned. Abbott's characters always lean a bit on the precipice, always feel like they could spiral off into darkness, and if it's a bit more heavy handed here, it never feels unearned.I like thrillers and crime novels but often there will be a BIG SECRET and the book spends all this time hyping you for the BIG SECRET and then you get to the BIG SECRET and it is not that big and often destroys all the buildup. Abbott knows better. She knows when to make her reveal, and her reveal lives up to the hype. I didn't feel suckered or manipulated. She's masterful, always keeping you just where she wants you.Note: it's not surprising that given the book's setting in a medical science laboratory there are scenes that include experimentation on animals. It's not a huge part of the book but a few parts do give details of mice being killed. Sorry, mice lovers.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI liked it, just can't say I loved it.What I liked:-The relationship between the 2 main characters. They fed off of each other in a way that I haven't read before and it was the driving force of the whole book.-The premise that this all started with the telling of a secret as a teen, and the life long effects it had on the both of them.What I didn't like:-The pace was a bit slow for my liking and seemed to flat line a lot.-The bouncing back at forth between timelines felt a bit jarring 3.5 starsI liked it, just can't say I loved it.What I liked:-The relationship between the 2 main characters. They fed off of each other in a way that I haven't read before and it was the driving force of the whole book.-The premise that this all started with the telling of a secret as a teen, and the life long effects it had on the both of them.What I didn't like:-The pace was a bit slow for my liking and seemed to flat line a lot.-The bouncing back at forth between timelines felt a bit jarring to me for some reason. -I tuned out a lot of the lab, rats, and PMDD info. I get the relevance, but it dragged at times.Megan Abbott is the queen at writing about female relationships, and once again she doesn't disappoint in the area. I was hoping for better, but am still happy I read this. It's always a good reminder to think about whom you want to share your secrets with....ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to lie. I am a HUGE Megan Abbott fan. I have read 4 of her previous books and I enjoyed them all immensely. I was so delighted to be able to get an early ARC of Give Me Your Hand. So, was it as good as I anticipated? I liked this book but I didn't love it as much as her others. Kit and Diane meet in high school. They share a love of chemistry and cross country running. While they support each others endeavors there is still a rivalry of sorts between the two. Kit has never met anyo I'm not going to lie. I am a HUGE Megan Abbott fan. I have read 4 of her previous books and I enjoyed them all immensely. I was so delighted to be able to get an early ARC of Give Me Your Hand. So, was it as good as I anticipated? I liked this book but I didn't love it as much as her others. Kit and Diane meet in high school. They share a love of chemistry and cross country running. While they support each others endeavors there is still a rivalry of sorts between the two. Kit has never met anyone quite like Diane. She doesn't share much about her family or herself. Until one day she does. She tells Kit her terrible secret. Kit now bears the burden of this secret and it nearly drives her crazy. Fast forward a decade later and with Diane safely in her rear view mirror she has worked hard to build her career. Kit works in a research lab under Dr. Severin studying premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Kit is vying for a coveted position on the research team and with tensions running high among the postdoc candidates Kit is dealt a blow she never saw coming when in to the laboratory walks Diane. Dr. Severin has brought her on the team and Kit can't believe her eyes. Hoping to never have to see her again she now finds out they have to work side by side. Through Now and Then chapters we find out all of the secrets these ladies share. Secrets they would never want exposed. Megan Abbott's unique voice is present throughout but for whatever reason I just wasn't as invested in these characters like I have been with some of her other books. Kit, who is supposed to be brilliant, made a lot of poor choices and it made it hard to like her. Diane was just odd. I really wanted to get inside her head more and hear her thoughts but that didn't happen. She always felt at a distance to me. The idea that anybody would turn a blind eye to some of what these women did astounds me. Of course, if they didn't, we wouldn't have this book right here. 3.5 stars! Thank you to NetGalley & Little, Brown and Company for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    I'm at 42%. I'm saying this one got the best of me. DNF Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.
  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Kit Owens is surviving high school but not living up to her true potential when Diane Fleming arrives at her school. Diane awakens a fire in Kit and the two form an unlikely friendship that propels Kit to academic success in her senior year. She and Diane study together and push each other to reach to be the best. Kit can't help but feel bad for her friend, who lives with her grandfather after the death of her dad. But all that changes when Diane shares an explosive secret with Kit, one that cha Kit Owens is surviving high school but not living up to her true potential when Diane Fleming arrives at her school. Diane awakens a fire in Kit and the two form an unlikely friendship that propels Kit to academic success in her senior year. She and Diane study together and push each other to reach to be the best. Kit can't help but feel bad for her friend, who lives with her grandfather after the death of her dad. But all that changes when Diane shares an explosive secret with Kit, one that changes the way she views Diane and basically ends their friendship. Ten years later, Kit has tried to put Diane (and her secret) behind her. She's working in the lab of a female scientist, Dr. Severin, whom she's idolized for years--a woman Diane first helped introduce her to. But when Dr. Severin earns a prestigious grant and Kit learns that Diane is suddenly in the running for one of the coveted spots to work with the Doctor on the research, the past comes rushing back. Soon Diane and Kit find themselves over their head, with secrets and horror lurking around every corner. So, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this one as I started it, but it grew on me. It's not really a pleasant read, at all, and none of the characters are ones you'll really love, but it's very compelling and there's a slow, foreboding creepiness that keeps you reading. I read this one quickly, as it's dark, twisty, and intense and very easy-to-read (as in, a page-turner, not the subject matter). "My mom always say, you don't have a self until you have a secret." ~Diane The novel flips between the "then" and "now" format, with Kit narrating to us. It's a female-centered book, and it easily depicts women's uphill battle in the workplace. It also shows the complicated feelings of our female characters: Kit has a lot of thoughts. Her struggle from a poor high school student to doctor is a fascinating one, even if I found her hard to empathize with. You won't necessarily agree with a lot of these characters' (sometimes outlandish) choices, but you'll find them oddly fascinating. I enjoyed how the novel delved into the darkness of friendship--and some of the competition that can come with it. Diane and Kit's relationship is dark and intense, as is the entire novel, really. The secrets that layer this book unravel slowly and eerily, and it really does keep you reading. I especially thought this one was redeemed or bolstered by its ending; often a thriller is so good and then deflates at the end, but I actually thought this one got a little better at the end. The ending is really well-done, and I didn't feel let down whatsoever. Overall, this is a dark, intense, and compelling psychological thriller. It's not exactly packed with loveable characters, but they are flawed, interesting, and--at times--quite creepy. You'll be drawn in by its twisty plot and complicated portrayal of friendship and secrets. 3.75 - 4 stars. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Because the bad things you do become part of you, literally. This is no metaphor. They become part of you on a cellular level, in the blood. You are friends with someone in high school to the point where you're so tight you confide in each other. Until one night, your friend tells you something so dark and fucked up that you realize you need to just keep your distance. The friendship no longer exists. Twelve years later, that friend shows up at your workplace and is your new co-worker. What hap Because the bad things you do become part of you, literally. This is no metaphor. They become part of you on a cellular level, in the blood. You are friends with someone in high school to the point where you're so tight you confide in each other. Until one night, your friend tells you something so dark and fucked up that you realize you need to just keep your distance. The friendship no longer exists. Twelve years later, that friend shows up at your workplace and is your new co-worker. What happens now?That is the basis for this story. And if this happened to me, I'm not sure what I'd do. If someone told me something so messed up that I realized I shouldn't be friends with them anymore, then there is no way in hell I'd be comfortable with them in my workplace. But then you have to remember we're adults, so you shouldn't let little things bother you especially personal things at work. So how big is this secret? And how does it affect you?Add in the fact that your job is one where there are only so many coveted spots on a huge research team, things get iffy here. Will your ambition get in the way? Can you keep your old friends secret? How far will you go to get that coveted spot on the team? Should the secret even be a factor? “Listen, Kit, there are some people who are trouble. They can’t help it,” she said, watching me in the mirror. “But let them in, and they’ll swallow you whole.” Kit and Diane met at cross country camp more than a year before Diane transfers to Kit's school where Diane's influence on Kit pushed her to work harder in their high school chemistry class. The two are close until a secret is shared that end the friendship. It's been twelve years when Diane is hired at Severin Lab. Just where does all of this lead? It becomes somewhat of a cat-and-mouse situation that goes places I didn't expect.Megan Abbott does what she does best here with writing a female friendship turned bad. I also really loved the idea of a secret coming back to haunt you and being in someone else's hands. It's hard to know when someone you once trusted with your life could eventually become your biggest rival, so it's interesting to think of what happens when this comes back to bite you in the ass.I did think the story was a bit on the slower side. It was merely the author that kept me reading, although in the end I did like the story.
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  • Trudi
    January 1, 1970
    I love Megan Abbott. I think she is one of the most accomplished novelists writing today. Just the mere scent of a new book from her gets my reader blood all bubbly and excited. Getting to meet her in person is one of those experiences that cannot be measured in the regular way. But Give Me Your Hand didn't quite do it for me. It's a good book with a compelling plot, and strong female characters. I just didn't fall down the rabbit hole this time as quickly or deeply as I usually do with Abbott's I love Megan Abbott. I think she is one of the most accomplished novelists writing today. Just the mere scent of a new book from her gets my reader blood all bubbly and excited. Getting to meet her in person is one of those experiences that cannot be measured in the regular way. But Give Me Your Hand didn't quite do it for me. It's a good book with a compelling plot, and strong female characters. I just didn't fall down the rabbit hole this time as quickly or deeply as I usually do with Abbott's books. Everyone else is five starring this though, so I'm fully taking the blame that it's my fault and I'm bummed that I didn't experience what everyone else did. Now back to counting down the days to Abbott's next book. The wait is always agonizing.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    “The raw, ugly, mottled things you fear about yourself in your most private moments – what happens when someone says them aloud to you? The feeling like your skin slipped from your body, showing everything, red and veined.”As teens, Kit and Diane were bonded by ambition; working hard to attain a scholarship offered by a renowned scientist. Just as they’re about to reach the pinnacle of academic success, Diane spills a secret that tears Kit’s life apart.Years pass and Kit has worked hard to put t “The raw, ugly, mottled things you fear about yourself in your most private moments – what happens when someone says them aloud to you? The feeling like your skin slipped from your body, showing everything, red and veined.”As teens, Kit and Diane were bonded by ambition; working hard to attain a scholarship offered by a renowned scientist. Just as they’re about to reach the pinnacle of academic success, Diane spills a secret that tears Kit’s life apart.Years pass and Kit has worked hard to put the past behind her and create the life she’s always dreamed of. But all that changes when Diane weaves herself into Kit’s life once more. Knowing their past, can Kit and Diane co-exist or is the damage of the past truly irreparable?I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a big fan of Mighty Megan. She truly has some of the more memorable and beautifully tragic prose around – some of the best I’ve read since Chandler, which makes each new release a cause for celebration. Taking nothing away from her prior novels, I think Give Me Your Hand is her best work to date.What I value the most as a reader above all else is pacing. With Give Me Your Hand, Megan makes it clear from the outset that she’s going to make you wait. By jumping backward and forward in time through alternating chapters, Megan is able to develop her characters both before and after the secret is revealed, which heightened the anticipation. This drove me crazy (in a good way)!. I had a very hard time putting it down through its brisk three hundred and fifty pages.Megan has shown in the past through her novels Dare Me, You Will Know Me, The End of Everything and The Fever, that she excels by taking the captivating elements of noir and injecting them into an unfamiliar setting – adolescent girls in suburbia. Give Me Your Hand is no exception. While she still lingers around the halls of a high school in the earlier years of Kit & Diane’s friendship, she then shifts the setting to a research lab in the present day giving her ample room to expand Kit & Diane’s world as well as showcasing a unique backdrop for a white-knuckle thriller.Give Me Your Hand is an absolutely enthralling read that gripped me from beginning to end. If I read a more riveting novel in 2018, I would be shocked. It’s that good.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    A new Megan Abbott book *Happy dance*Oh how I need you in my life!!!! *UPDATE*Yahoo!!! NetGalley approved my request! Best Friday EVER! Well, maybe not ever (I am at work), but it's a darn good day!
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Not allowed to review this one for a while yet, but it's one to watch for 2018!!
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    You wonder how many more varieties of driven, murderous teen girls Megan Abbott can come up with. She's already covered the obvious trifecta - gymnasts, cheerleaders and, um, witches - and now she's on to...science nerds? What's next?Intense Teens Who Might Still Murder Somebody- Theater girls- Girls who just became vegetarians - A cappella singers- Yearbook editorsThe reason Megan Abbott is (slightly) less famous than, like, Gillian Flynn is, she doesn't have the flair for big twists. She's won You wonder how many more varieties of driven, murderous teen girls Megan Abbott can come up with. She's already covered the obvious trifecta - gymnasts, cheerleaders and, um, witches - and now she's on to...science nerds? What's next?Intense Teens Who Might Still Murder Somebody- Theater girls- Girls who just became vegetarians - A cappella singers- Yearbook editorsThe reason Megan Abbott is (slightly) less famous than, like, Gillian Flynn is, she doesn't have the flair for big twists. She's wonderful at characters, mood, tone and pacing, but you want more murdering. There are usually only like two suspects. Sometimes there's barely a crime at all. The big twist in the one about witches is that (view spoiler)[they aren't witches, (hide spoiler)] which, I mean, first of all, says who.But she's getting better! And this one's very good. It's got more blood, for one thing - the body count is higher. And its villain, angular Diane Fleming, might be Abbott's best character yet. All shy and science-y, and... evil? Abbott is my favorite writer working today, sorry Chimamanda Adichie but you could have murderous teens too you know - and she's at the height of her game right now. For me, personally, we're getting closer and closer to the girls I personally dated during high school, so once we get to Murderous Teen Members of the Amnesty International Club we'll be inside my life and will we even be able to count the bodies?
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    This is Megan Abbott in all her Megan Abbott-ness, which, for the uninitiated, is something horrifying and majestic.
  • Rincey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Cesar
    January 1, 1970
    We have cover! I repeat, there is a cover!Megan Abbot posted a tweet that it'll come out in July 2018!
  • Bill Kupersmith
    January 1, 1970
    I can't review Give Me Your Hand in depth without discussing the plot and the choices the characters make in detail, which would require hiding the review to avoid spoiling the suspense - which is riveting. So here I shall offer a bland and vague notice and later post a full dress appreciation on Billkupersmith.blog (as it took me three years to come to grips with Dare Me, it may be a little while before it appears). If you liked Dare Me, you should enjoy this book. I've too long thirsted for a I can't review Give Me Your Hand in depth without discussing the plot and the choices the characters make in detail, which would require hiding the review to avoid spoiling the suspense - which is riveting. So here I shall offer a bland and vague notice and later post a full dress appreciation on Billkupersmith.blog (as it took me three years to come to grips with Dare Me, it may be a little while before it appears). If you liked Dare Me, you should enjoy this book. I've too long thirsted for a sequel to Dare Me that would show us the principal characters as adults. Give Me Your Hand isn't quite it, but a reasonabe substitute. (Like Breakfast Blend for Ethiopian.) Imagine Beth, Addy and Coach as biochemists. Kit Owens is a post-doc, inhabiting that scientific netherworld between graduate student and professor, working as part of a team researching the causes of severe menstrual disorders. The Principal Investigator, the hard-charging flamboyant Dr. Severin (in the sciences titles are used, even when you're under arrest; humanities PhDs eschew them because if you can achieve a distinguished professorship without one you must really have done something) has just received a new big grant and recruited a new research fellow from Harvard, Diane Fleming. And Diane is Kit's old lab partner from high school. And they share a dark secret they are committed to keeping hidden, one that more than a decade later may have very destructive consequences. As with Donna Tartt's The Secret History, we are involved with the question of what you should do to protect a friend who perpetrated a serious crime. Even be complicit in a murder? In the case of Give Me Your Hand, I found myself continually changing my mind as the plot unfolded. In TSH my verdict is: for BFFs it's simple - whatever it takes. And so long as what is past is past (especially as in the case of Bunny in TSH, the victim is somebody who probably deserves killing) and there's no likelihood of any future harm, that is what I hope and believe I would have done and would do now - definitely keep silent and even risk a little complicity. But suppose the person you're protecting isn't really a BF? Suppose she's a frenemy who has simply used you to further her own career? A sociopath who doesn't really love you or anybody? And that there not only is a risk of future harm, but it comes to pass. As Megan Abbott lets us see more of the backstory (this is a two-track Then/Now narrative) and the nature of the characters is further revealed, whatever I thought the right choice should be kept shifting. Which makes this a book you'll love to share with one of your own BFs, and to sit up half the night arguing about, especially if your friend is a moral and psychological type opposite yours: a intentionalist perceptual intuitive (like me) if you're a consequentialist judgemental legalist or vice versa.This is Megan Abbott (in my top-three American fiction writers) and I couldn't put this thing down for less than two days (including doing some actual work). But there are some holes in the plot and an excess of not-quite-believable coincidences that deprive the story of the highest kudos. So the fifth star blinks a bit.
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher via NetGalley*Genre* Thrillers / Psychological / Thrillers / Suspense*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts* Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand is a story about two complex and flawed female characters told in Kit Carson's POV. The story alternates between 12 years ago, and the present. 12 years ago, Kit was a fairly smart student who stumbled her way through high school, while also working part time at the local burger joint since it is only her and her mother. Over summer, Kit met a girl by *Source* Publisher via NetGalley*Genre* Thrillers / Psychological / Thrillers / Suspense*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts* Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand is a story about two complex and flawed female characters told in Kit Carson's POV. The story alternates between 12 years ago, and the present. 12 years ago, Kit was a fairly smart student who stumbled her way through high school, while also working part time at the local burger joint since it is only her and her mother. Over summer, Kit met a girl by the name of Diane Fleming and they seem to hit it off remarkably well. Months later, Diane arrives for their Senior year. Diane sees something in Kit that Kit failed to see in herself; passion and untapped ambition. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever have certain authors that you feel like you should like, but just don’t? Let me elaborate, maybe their books sound exactly like the kind that you usually love or their writing is fantastic and their style is totally appealing, but something is missing for you, some little piece of magic that makes you a fan? I’m pretty sure that’s the case with me and Abbott’s books, they never quite satisfy me and I’m pretty sure it’s one of those situations where it’s me and not her.This follows Ki Do you ever have certain authors that you feel like you should like, but just don’t? Let me elaborate, maybe their books sound exactly like the kind that you usually love or their writing is fantastic and their style is totally appealing, but something is missing for you, some little piece of magic that makes you a fan? I’m pretty sure that’s the case with me and Abbott’s books, they never quite satisfy me and I’m pretty sure it’s one of those situations where it’s me and not her.This follows Kit and Diane Now and Then, the then chapters are back when they first meet in high school and the now are when they both wind up working in the same lab with a highly regarded Dr. Severin. There were several things that I really liked her, the setting primarily being in a science lab was cool and new, these aren’t some amateurs, these are truly skilled scientists trying to break ground in new ways. I also loved the exploration of Kit and Diane’s odd relationship, female friendships can be so toxic and theirs had a great sinister vibe that worked well for me.My only true complaint, (besides thinking that I’m just not the right reader for Abbott’s style) is that I wasn’t as gripped by this as I had assumed I would be. It took me a fairly long time to finish this and when I’m reading a thriller that I’m super into, you can’t get me to stop reading easily. There was none of that here, which is a shame.Final thoughts, if you’re a fan of the authors then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one more than me and if you’ve never read her before and are intrigued by the sound of this then check it out for yourself because I have a feeling I’ll be in the minority on this one and giving full credit where it’s due, Abbott is one hell of a writer, she has a razor sharp style that cuts deep.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Easiest 5* I've given this year. Beautiful atmospheric writing and an addictively dark story about a toxic friendship that is held in place only by secrets and ambition. Loved it. Megan Abbott is simply superb.
  •  ⇝LEAH⇜
    January 1, 1970
    3 Out Of 5 "something was lost in translation" STARSThe characters are written so well they are smart and driven, and flawed.  But I just felt underwhelmed by their story, and the ending felt anti-climatic.  I felt confused from the time that Diane reveals her secret to Kit and I kept waiting for something to clear it up, but I must have missed it.  I probably should have rewound the book and relistened, but I wasn't invested enough in their story to do so, and I always think it will get cleared 3 Out Of 5 "something was lost in translation" STARSThe characters are written so well they are smart and driven, and flawed.  But I just felt underwhelmed by their story, and the ending felt anti-climatic.  I felt confused from the time that Diane reveals her secret to Kit and I kept waiting for something to clear it up, but I must have missed it.  I probably should have rewound the book and relistened, but I wasn't invested enough in their story to do so, and I always think it will get cleared up eventually.  So I kept listening and I only became more confused.  Basically, most of my issues with this can't be said without spoiling the story, and since I try not to do that, all I can say is others seemed to like this…maybe this is another case of it's not you, it's me... ๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏~MY RATING~☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏๏~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~Plot~ 3/5Main Characters~ 4.5/5Secondary Characters~ 3.5/5The Feels~ 3/5Pacing~ 2.7/5Addictiveness~ 3.5/5Theme or Tone~ 3/5Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5Backdrop (World Building)~ 3/5Ending~ 2.3/5Book Cover~ It could be better...Narration~ ☆4.5☆ for Chloe Cannon, she was quite goodSource~ Audiobook (Library)
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Secrets go many, many ways, and Abbott explores this in her deliciously dark, twisted prose. Kit and Diane form a quick bond, but when Diane drops a bombshell secret on Kit, Kit distances herself. Until, that is, many years later, when Diane is back in her life. The two of them, once great lab partners and excellent science students in high school, earn prestigious places on a research project about PMDD with a renowned scholar. Kit can't be lured back in, but she is. The secret she knows still Secrets go many, many ways, and Abbott explores this in her deliciously dark, twisted prose. Kit and Diane form a quick bond, but when Diane drops a bombshell secret on Kit, Kit distances herself. Until, that is, many years later, when Diane is back in her life. The two of them, once great lab partners and excellent science students in high school, earn prestigious places on a research project about PMDD with a renowned scholar. Kit can't be lured back in, but she is. The secret she knows still swirling inside her. The secret she knows that she's not always kept secret, but that's led to more secrets. The way secrets can spiral out of control, just like that. The way friendships sometimes turn toxic, but you're too drawn in to turn away without consequences. Without a body count. Two complex female leads, neither of whom are particularly "likable" nor "good," Abbott's prose sears and her storytelling is compulsively engaging. I'd have read this in a single sitting if I hadn't had to do things like work. Excellent crossover appeal for young adult readers and something that fans of Gillian Flynn will love.
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  • T. Greenwood
    January 1, 1970
    No one writes about female relationships like Megan Abbott. Admittedly, I was not initially as drawn to the world of these two female scientists as I have been to the worlds of Abbott's previous novels. However, it took only one chapter before any resistance gave way. Her writing alone is enough to make the novel worthwhile -- raw and edgy and lyrical all at once. But the plot proved to be twisty and delicious as well. And the whole story is underscored by a pervasive rumination on the science o No one writes about female relationships like Megan Abbott. Admittedly, I was not initially as drawn to the world of these two female scientists as I have been to the worlds of Abbott's previous novels. However, it took only one chapter before any resistance gave way. Her writing alone is enough to make the novel worthwhile -- raw and edgy and lyrical all at once. But the plot proved to be twisty and delicious as well. And the whole story is underscored by a pervasive rumination on the science of femaleness, and what (if anything) biology has to do with female darkness and rage.**Thank you to Little, Brown & Co., Netgalley, and Megan Abbott for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.**
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