Since 2005, Megan Abbott has carved out a particular niche in stories that really dive under the skin of their protagonists and reveal a world of dark motives and complicit schemes, a place where nothing is as it truly seems. Initially, Abbott worked within the rules of noir, but by 2011 flipped toward the contemporary with The End of Everything. This novel of a missing girl and her friend that seemingly lies at the centre of the mystery laid the groundwork for the titles that followed, notably Dare Me of the following year and 2016’s You Will Know Me, a drama set in the world of competitive Olympian gymnastics.
As childhood friends, the close friendship and rivalry between Diane and Kit proved the perfect fuel to set them on a trajectory of adult scientific success. Now everything is in place for Kit to attain her final triumph, everything that is aside from Diane. A dark revelation tore their friendship apart, but now Diane is back, a woman brilliant enough to threaten everything Kit has worked for. In Give Me Your Hand, Megan Abbott brilliantly explores the complexities of friendship and the darkest limits of ambition.