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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Give Me Your Hand (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Megan Abbott (Author)

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Title:Give Me Your Hand
Authors:Megan Abbott (Author)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2018), Edition: 1, 352 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned

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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (2018)


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A psychological thriller set in a research laboratory? Featuring two highly successful and ambitious women? I'm in!

Kit and Diane were best friends in high school, but after Diane shared a deeply personal secret with Kit they drifted apart. Both girls were driven and ambitious and each pursued careers in medical research.

Kit is now working for one of the best female bosses I remember coming across in fiction, and it isn't long before Diane pops up in her life again; headhunted and recruited by her boss.

The novel is told from Kit's perspective with 'flash backs' to her teenage years and friendship with Diane. I thought Give Me Your Hand was going to be a thriller about Kit and Diane duking it out for a position or promotion, viciously competing with each other with dire consequences for one of them. Give Me Your Hand wasn't this and in fact was so much more.

Research at the laboratory is being conducted into Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which is a severe form of PMS that includes physical and behavioural symptoms. I'd never heard of PMDD, so you could say this thriller was also educational.

I will say that the cover art doesn't adequately convey the setting of the novel in my opinion. I'd have preferred a white cover with out of focus laboratory and perhaps a smashed beaker with blood spattered around. Knowing they're researching PMDD, the blood has a double meaning. Furthermore, so much of the novel takes place in and around the lab that this was my mental image of the novel as I was reading it.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott is a gripping psychological thriller and I really enjoyed it.

* Copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia * ( )
  Carpe_Librum | May 10, 2019 |
**A life-changing secret destroys an unlikely friendship in this "magnetic" (Meg Wolitzer) psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-winning author of *Dare Me*.**
You told each other everything. Then she told you too much.
Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn't let anything stop her.
But now someone else is standing in her way - Diane. Best friends at seventeen, their shared ambition made them inseparable. Until the day Diane told Kit her secret - the worst thing she'd ever done, the worst thing Kit could imagine - and it blew their friendship apart.
Kit is still the only person who knows what Diane did. And now Diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she's worked so hard for.
**How far would Kit go, to make the hard work, the sacrifice, worth it in the end? What wouldn't she give up? Diane thinks Kit is just like her. Maybe she's right. Ambition: it's in the blood . . .**
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"The latest thriller from the ever-impressive Megan Abbott....Abbott sows suspense by shifting between past and present, demonstrating how life's earlier acts affect future ones."―****Wall Street Journal****
"A spectacular thriller . . . *Give Me Your Hand *is a nuanced and atmospheric story about the lure of big dreams, especially for women."―****NPR*'s *Fresh Air****
"Abbott's trademark elements of darkness in her complex protagonists shine here."―****Seattle Review of Books****
"Abbott proves she's still the queen of uncovering the dark complexity of the female psyche with her new novel."―****Los Angeles Review of Books****
"Trust the nimble Abbott to elevate this smart page-turner beyond catfight into a tense battle between morality and ambition."―****People*, Book of the Week***
"[*Give Me Your Hand*] should cement [Abbott's] position as one of the most intelligent and daring novelists working in the crime genre today."―**Ruth Ware**, ****New York Times Book Review****
"Abbott, who always immerses readers in hothouse subcultures in her novels - cheerleading, gymnastics - here explores the relationship between competitive scientists at a cutthroat university laboratory."―****New York Times Book Review, *Editors' Choice***
"[A] nuanced tale of soured friendships, blood-soaked ambition, and desperate murders from Thriller Award-winner Abbott...No writer can touch Abbott in the realm of twisted desire and relationships between women, both intimate and feral."―****Publishers Weekly, *starred review***
"This is a stellar book...This book is loaded with terrifying brilliance, and it's one of my very favorite Abbott reads for the way it so sharply fuses its setting to its characters and ideas."―****Entertainment Weekly****
"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*, Starred Review***
### About the Author
**Megan Abbott** is an Edgar Award-winning author of several novels. She received her PhD in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City. ( )
  buffygurl | Mar 8, 2019 |
A very good thriller about two women, bound together by a shared secret, this is an excellent, if dark, read. Nature? Lack of nurture? Questions left unanswered. Lives altered forever. Can science get to the bottom of it? And.....a very dark ending. ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 5, 2019 |
I am kind of on the fence regarding this book. As a female molecular biologist, I am glad someone finally use life science lab as a back drop for a novel. I can understand the competition among graduate students, postdocs, and the book gave a fair decent description of the life in the lab and the excitement of getting the grants. Despite the competition, there is also camaraderie among fellow graduate students and postdoc which seems to be ignored and brush off. The characters in the book all kind of border on giving a sterotype of self serving and cut throat. In addition, the description of the lab work is not very accurate, and kind of grates on my nerves. The author should skip the description of the hume hoods (which should be biological safety cabinet of tissue culture hood when you are doing cell culture), mass spectrometers etc. and stick with the story line. I am also not too kin regarding the ending of the story as well. ( )
  Baochuan | Jan 29, 2019 |
Somehow Megan Abbott can write the same type of story, year in and year out, and yet still make it interesting and exciting to read. If you’ve read any book by her, the themes explored here aren’t exactly new. But I never tire of her examining the darker side of human desires, specifically in the context of female characters and/or friendships. ( )
  majesdane | Jan 8, 2019 |
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"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."--Dust jacket.… (more)

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