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Give Me Your Hand

by Megan Abbott

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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"Starred Review. No writer can touch Abbott in the realm of twisted desire and relationships between women, both intimate and feral." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Once again, Abbott plunges us deep into a vividly realized world of intense competition and creates life-or-death stakes where we wouldn't have known to look for them...this is a brilliant riff on hard science, human nature, and the ultimate unknowability of the human brain." - Booklist

"Starred Review. In Abbott's deft hands, friendship is fused to rivalry, and ambition to fear, with an unsettling level of believability. It will take more than a cold shower to still the blood thumping in your ears when you finish this." - Kirkus

"This is Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling." - Paula Hawkins, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Girl on the Train

"Give Me Your Hand is further proof that Megan Abbott is the 21st century's answer to Patricia Highsmith - she has that uncanny insight into the dark and treacherous depths of the human heart." - Dan Chaon, bestselling author of Ill Will

"Give Me Your Hand is dark, smart, twisty, and thoroughly addictive. No one maps the thrilling and sometimes dangerous intensity of female friendships better than Megan Abbott." - Tom Perotta, bestselling author of Mrs. Fletcher and Little Children

"While Megan Abbott's magnetic new novel mines themes of ambition, competition, excellence, and friendship, what perhaps struck me the most was its exploration of the long, undeterrable reach of memory. Give Me Your Hand is darkly effective, uneasy-making, and beautifully, absorbingly written." - Meg Wolitzer, bestselling author of The Interestings and The Female Persuasion

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Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of nine novels, including You Will Know Me, The Fever, Dare Me, and The End of Everything. She received her PhD in literature from New York University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Guardian, and The Believer. Currently, she is a staff writer on HBO's new David Simon show, The Deuce. She lives in New York City.

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