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Give Me Your Hand

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  172 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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    Release date: Jul 17, 2018
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    Holly  B
    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
    May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: review-pending
    Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    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
    Dan Schwent
    Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
    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
    Jessica Woodbury
    Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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
    May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, suspense
    3.5 stars

    I 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
    Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Not allowed to review this one for a while yet, but it's one to watch for 2018!!
    Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    “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
    Jan 08, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    A new Megan Abbott book *Happy dance*

    Oh how I need you in my life!!!!

    Yahoo!!! NetGalley approved my request! Best Friday EVER! Well, maybe not ever (I am at work), but it's a darn good day!
    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
    Jun 01, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: adult
    We have cover! I repeat, there is a cover!


    Megan Abbot posted a tweet that it'll come out in July 2018!

    Emily May
    Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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
    Nov 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    update: edelweiss rejected me.

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    a new megan abbott novel is a time for celebration!

    you will know me, the fever, dare me, and the end of everything have been some of my favorite books. here's to hoping i'll be able to add another to my list.
    T. Greenwood
    Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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 ...more
    Donna Hines
    Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    A tale of two women and plenty of secrets that are dark, mysterious, earth shattering, mind altering ( no pun intended). Secrets that set the stage for MacBeth fans and yet captures the audience that knows Megan the best.
    Plenty of science action, lab testing, animal experiments and those disgusting mice with a 'then' high school v 'now' approach investigating PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) it's a blood v brain phenomenon.
    Kit Owens never thought to highly of herself but she was enamored b
    Jamie Canaves
    Megan Abbott has topped herself with Give Me Your Hand and this is already on the Best of 2018 list! The pages are electric as suspense builds between the “then” and “now” as one woman holds onto a secret she never wanted from her past while trying to grab the future she wants… And reminding me of my love for Abbott, the “now” is mostly set in a research lab looking into PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).

    From 2018 Mystery & Thrillers to Be Excited For!
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. (Jan 21) my first-ever Megan Abbott arc and my FOURTH book by her. a true icon.
    Heather Warner
    May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: giveaway
    Such a good book! Lots of twists, lots of great characters, lots of fabulous story! I had no idea the whole way through how this was going to end or where it was going to go during the story! And that is how a thriller should be! This whole story was fascinating-the medical research, the back and forth between Diane and Kit and all of Kit’s coworkers (I especially really loved Serge), the commentary on womanhood, feminism, marginalization of women in the workplace & in many other ways, the p ...more
    May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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    This book was almost a struggle to get through towards the middle. I seemed like a lot of the climax action happened early. Coming from a lab background myself, some of the lab terminology was nice, but then it started to get excessive. I liked the way that the author cleaned everything up towards the end. And I enjoyed how the main character, Kit, was able to grow (especially in the epilogue).

    Thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
    Andrew Barnes
    Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Astoundingly good. Megan Abbott is the type of writer that when done with her books I cry a little bit and go "dang, I am glad I coincidentally am on the planet on the same time as her." Few contemporary authors can navigate the hormonal roller coaster of adolescence and subsequent relief yet bittersweet nostalgia that comes with that ending.
    Jaclyn Crupi
    Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I’ve gone off thrillers completely recently but this is one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. Megan Abbott owns this genre now as far as I’m concerned (with a little bit of room for Jessica Knoll).
    Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: suspense
    Review forthcoming for the New York Journal of Books.
    Cheryl DeFranceschi
    Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I love Megan Abbott books. Yes, I do.
    Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This brilliant psychological thriller sees scientist Kit receive an unwelcome reminder of the past when her old schoolmate Diane turns up at the lab where she works as another contender for a prestigious project run by the eminent Dr Severin. The project is researching PMDD, an extreme form of PMT which leads women affected to become violent. Back when they were teenagers, Diane confessed to Kit a horrific crime she committed, which destroyed their friendship. They were both extremely high-achie ...more
    Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
    (I burned through my review copy in a couple of days!)

    Megan Abbot is a master of suspense filtered through the lens of femininity. Her female-centric noir crime novels were the first of her books I read, and they blew me away. (Queenpin, The Song is You, and Die a Little.) She doesn’t do noir now, but the complex scariness of the women and girls she writes about are just as compelling in a more modern setting.

    Give Me Your Hand is the story of two driven women, both high achievers in science. Dia
    Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
    I have read several books by the author in the past and was excited when I saw this upcoming book. Give Me Your Hand is a story about secrets and what happens when you try to keep them quiet; they eventually always come out. So this story is told during two different times; one is currently and the other is in high school. Kit and Diane meet during Chemistry class in high school, where Kit doesn't really have too many ambitions for her life, where as Diane does. The two girls soon form an unlike ...more
    Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
    **DISCLAIMER - I was sent this book in return for an honest review. This did not affect my review.**

    3.8 / 5

    STORY - 3.5/5 (I thought the tone was awesome. Very tense and I could feel the anxiety of the characters. Unfortunately the ending let me down and the scientific stuff went over my head sometimes.)

    CHARACTERS - 4/5 (I really enjoyed the characters. We all know have trouble remembering them sometimes but they were all very distinct in this book. I especially liked the main character. She was
    Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
    I have very mixed feelings about this book. I realize it’s labeled a psychological thriller but for some reason it wasn’t at all thrilling to me. Then again, the author did a great job writing a book about someone who obviously suffered from a mental illness. So, like I said, I’m in the middle somewhere when it comes to this review.

    Although there are two strong female characters in this book they are great friends and enjoy competing academically. They support each other in the beginning and sha
    May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I read an early version of Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand via Netgalley.

    Man, did I read this book fast. Give Me Your Hand is best described as women + science + murder--the perfect combination for a psychological thriller. In this book 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 live
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    Megan Abbott is the Edgar®-winning author of the novels Die a Little, Queenpin, The Song Is You, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me, The Fever and You Will Know Me. Her next book, Give Me Your Hand, will be published in July 2018.

    Abbott is a staff writer on HBO's THE DEUCE. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magaz
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