Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott: Women + Science + Murder
I would read anything Megan Abbott writes. Not only is she a master of suspense and complex young female characters, but no one else can capture the mood of a story quite like her. In honor of her newest book, Give Me Your Hand (July 2018) which I thankfully read early via Netgalley, I wanted to give a teaser of the book while also highlighting some of Abbott's other thrilling novels.
First, Give Me Your Hand's mix of science, suspense, and friendship is the perfect combination for a stay-up-all-night-just-one-more-chapter kind of book. Entertainment Weekly lists Give Me Your Hand as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018. It is easy to see why. In this psychological thriller two scientists, old friends, are connected via their darkest secrets. Like, seriously dark. All kinds of disturbing (in a good way).
All too often, thrillers center around a dead or missing women. Female friendships focus more on men than the rich, interior lives of the characters. And female characters rarely get to be brilliant, ambitious, and competitive like the characters in Give Me Your Hand. More books like this please. We need more characters like the ones Megan Abbott creates. She writes books that seem destined to be movies, filled with atmosphere, tension and twisty endings.
Paula Hawkins says, "This is Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling." Meg Wolitzer says, "GIVE ME YOUR HAND is darkly effective, uneasy-making, and beautifully, absorbingly written.”
While all of Megan Abbott's books are worth checking out, there are a few that I can personally recommend:
You can't go wrong with any of Megan Abbott's books, but Give Me Your Hand is the one to devour next. Then lend it to your brilliant best friend or coworker and wait to hear how much they love it, too.