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Megan Abbott - Author

About the Author

Megan Abbott is an award-winning author of noir fiction including Queenpin and Bury Me Deep (nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize). Her most recent novel, The End of Everything, was a 2011 Richard and Judy selection. Born in the Detroit area, she now lives in Queens, New York City.

 

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Other books by Megan Abbott

Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

'Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 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 . . . Give Me Your Hand is a blistering thriller from Megan Abbott.

Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

'Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 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 . . . Give Me Your Hand is the latest blistering thriller from Megan Abbott.

Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2018

'Megan Abbott at her very best. Cool, crisp, chilling.' Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train 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 . . . Give Me Your Hand is the latest blistering thriller from Megan Abbott.

Normandy Gold

Normandy Gold

Author: Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Sex, violence and corruption collide in this gritty vigilante thriller set in 1970s Washington DC. When her younger sister is found at the center of a brutal murder investigation, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold is forced to dive headfirst into the seedy world of 1970s prostitution and soon discovers a twisted conspiracy leading right to the White House.

Normandy Gold #3

Normandy Gold #3

Author: Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin Format: eBook Release Date: 16/08/2017

After heading to Washington DC to investigate her estranged sister's disappearance, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold began to dig deep into the city's underground sex industry. Playing the part of a high-class escort, Normandy soon uncovered a disturbing trail of sex, politics and murder, leading her to focus her investigation on a certain US presidential candidate, Senator Selwyn Grange...

You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2017

Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn't do for her. When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That's what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don't realize how much you've sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you . . . A mother knows best . . . doesn't she? Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me, and written with the compassion of The Fever, the astonishing You Will Know Me - dark and tender by turns -is an unforgettable novel by Megan Abbott.

You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2016

Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming CWA Silver Dagger Katie and her husband Eric have made their daughter Devon the centre of their world. Talented, determined, a rising gymnastics star, Devon is the focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. There is nothing they wouldn't do for her. When a violent hit-and-run accident sends shockwaves through their close-knit community, Katie is immediately concerned for her daughter. She and Eric have worked so hard to protect Devon from anything that might distract or hurt her. That's what every parent wants for their child, after all. Even if they don't realize how much you've sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you . . . A mother knows best . . . doesn't she? Plotted with all the brilliance of Dare Me, and written with the compassion of The Fever, the astonishing You Will Know Me - dark and tender by turns - is an unforgettable novel by Megan Abbott.

You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

Author: Megan Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 26/07/2016

One of the Best Books of 2016--NPR, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Elle, Thrillist, Men's Journal, Publishers Weekly, Time Out New York, Self and KirkusThe audacious new novel about family and ambition from "e;one of the best living mystery writers"e; (Grantland) and bestselling, award-winning author of The Fever, Megan Abbott.How far will you go to achieve a dream? That's the question a celebrated coach poses to Katie and Eric Knox after he sees their daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful, compete. For the Knoxes there are no limits--until a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community and everything they have worked so hard for is suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself irresistibly drawn to the crime itself. What she uncovers--about her daughter's fears, her own marriage, and herself--forces Katie to consider whether there's any price she isn't willing to pay to achieve Devon's dream. From a writer with "e;exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl"e; (Janet Maslin), You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of parental sacrifice, furtive desire, and the staggering force of ambition.

Little Men

Little Men

Author: Megan Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

In 1953 Hollywood, Penny is just another washed-up, wannabe actress past her prime. She has settled into a quieter lifestyle, and when she comes across a low-rent bungalow in Canyon Arms, it's a dream come true. Penny takes to the place instantly. But the dream bungalow with its French doors and tiled courtyard may not be quite so perfect. Penny's neighbours start filling her head with stories about past tenants, whispering voices, and a suicide that may not have been a suicide. Soon enough, Penny starts hearing stranger noises in her bungalow and she can't help but wonder about the true fate of the bookseller who died in her home a dozen years earlier. And her suspicions are only fuelled by the ominous inscription that she discovers in a book closely guarded by her landlord...

The Fever

The Fever

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

Deenie, Gabby and Lise are best friends - a tight girl-unit negotiating their way through the troubled waters of their teens, a world of sex, secrets and intense relationships. When first Lise then Gabby falls prey to a mysterious illness, hysteria sweeps their school and, as more girls succumb, Deenie finds herself an outsider, baffled by the terrifying illness and scared that it could all be because of something she has done. Suffering with Deenie are her dad and her brother, both protective of Deenie, but each with secrets of their own . . . The Fever is an explosive novel in which Megan Abbott explores the lethal power of guilt and desire, and how mass hysteria can grip a community, making real our deepest fears.

The End of Everything

The End of Everything

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

A close-knit street, the clink of glass on glass, summer heat. Two girls on the brink of adolescence, throwing cartwheels on the grass. Two girls who tell each other everything. Until one shimmering afternoon, one of them disappears. Lizzie is left with her dread and her loss, and with a fear that won't let her be. Had Evie tried to give her a hint of what was coming, a clue that she failed to follow? Caught between her imaginary guilt, her sense of betrayal, her own powerful need, and the needs of the adults around her, Lizzie's voice is as unforgettable as her story is arresting. This is no ordinary tale of innocence lost . . . 'A gripping and disturbing novel, a fever dream of adolescent desire and adult complicity' Tom Perrotta 'Deft, enthralling and intelligent' Kate Atkinson

Dare Me

Dare Me

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2015

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA STEEL DAGGER 2012 There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. Coach said that once. She said it like she knew, and understood. When Colette French arrives at school one fall and takes charge of the cheer squad, she brings a hint of threat. Sleek, remote and careless, she transforms the girls into warriors - and rivals. Addy and Beth find that for the first time they have secrets from one another. But their mentor is playing her own deadly game, and there is everything to lose.

Fever

Fever

Author: Megan Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 17/06/2014

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community. As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security. A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "e;one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."e;**Laura Lippman

Dare Me

Dare Me

Author: Megan Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 31/07/2012

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "e;top girl"e; -- both with the team and with Addy herself. Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain. The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "e;total authority and an almost desperate intensity,"e; provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

Das Ende der Unschuld

Das Ende der Unschuld

Author: Megan Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2012

Ein packender psychologischer Thriller uber die dunklen Seiten des Erwachsenwerdens"e;Das Ende der Unschuld"e; ist ein atmosphrisch dichter, hochspannender Roman ber zwei dreizehnjhrige Mdchen, ber das Erwachen der Sexualitt, ber Vter und Tchter, Familie und Freundschaft, Lgen und Geheimnisse. Eine zutiefst verstrende und verzaubernde Lektre. Selten hat ein Roman das Drama der Jugend in all seiner Schnheit und Hrte so schmerzlich treffend eingefangen. Die dreizehnjhrige Lizzie und ihre Freundin Evie sind unzertrennlich. Nachbarmdchen, die Badeanzge und Hockeyschlger tauschen, zusammen zur Schule gehen und scheinbar keine Geheimnisse voreinander haben. Doch eines Nachmittags ist Evie verschwunden. Einziger Anhaltspunkt: ein rotbrauner Wagen, den Lizzie morgens durch den Ort hat fahren sehen. Auf einmal steht Lizzie im Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit: War Evie unglcklich? Hatte sie Sorgen? Hatte sie Lizzie von einem mglichen Verfolger erzhlt? Wrde sie zu einem Fremden ins Auto steigen?Lizzie versucht sich an Details zu erinnern und beginnt nachzuforschen. Um ihre Freundin zu finden, aber auch weil sie die Nhe von Evies zutiefst erschttertem Vater sucht, fr den sie heimlich schwrmt. Auf nchtlichen Streifzgen durch die Kleinstadt macht Lizzie seltsame Entdeckungen. Schritt fr Schritt kommt sie einem Geheimnis auf die Spur und muss sich fragen, wie gut sie ihre beste Freundin berhaupt kannte.

End of Everything

End of Everything

Author: Megan Abbott Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2011

Thirteen-year old Lizzie Hood and her next door neighbor Evie Verver are inseparable. They are best friends who swap bathing suits and field-hockey sticks, and share everything that's happened to them. Together they live in the shadow of Evie's glamorous older sister Dusty, who provides a window on the exotic, intoxicating possibilities of their own teenage horizons. To Lizzie, the Verver household, presided over by Evie's big-hearted father, is the world's most perfect place. And then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. The only clue: a maroon sedan Lizzie spotted driving past the two girls earlier in the day. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the Midwestern suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger? Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth, prowling nights through backyards, peering through windows, pushing herself to the dark center of Evie's world. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power at the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secrets and lies that make her wonder if she knew her best friend at all.

Queenpin A classic story of underworld greed and betrayal, introducing a mesmerising and compelling unreliable narrator ...

Queenpin A classic story of underworld greed and betrayal, introducing a mesmerising and compelling unreliable narrator ...

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2009

A young woman hired to keep the books at a down-at-heel nightclub is taken under the wing of the infamous Gloria Denton, a mob luminary who reigned during the Golden Era of Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano. The moll to end all molls, Gloria is notoriously cunning and ruthless. She shows her eager young protegeethe ropes, ushering her into a glittering whirl of late-night casinos, racetracks, betting parlours, inside heists and big, big money. Suddenly, the world is at her feet -- as long as she doesn't take any chances, like falling for the wrong guy. It all falls to pieces with a few turns of the roulette wheel, as both mentor and protegee scramble to stay one step ahead of their bosses and each other. In the tradition of hardboiled potboilers such as Double Indemnityand The Griftersand mob tales such as Goodfellas, Queenpinoffers a feminine twist on a classic story of underworld seduction and greed, or tortured loyalty and inevitable betrayal.

Bury Me Deep A timeless portrait of the dark side of desire ...

Bury Me Deep A timeless portrait of the dark side of desire ...

Author: Megan Abbott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2009

In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in LA's South Pacific Train Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade. Inspired by this notorious true crime, Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her husband. At the medical clinic where she finds a job, Marion becomes fast friends with Louise, a vivacious nurse, and her roommate, Ginny. Before long, the demure Marion is swept up in the exuberant life of the girls, who supplement their scant income by entertaining the town's most powerful men with wild parties. At one of these events, Marion meets-and falls hard for-the charming Joe Lanigan, a local rogue and politician on the rise, whose ties to all three women bring events to a dramatic and deadly collision. A story born of Depression-era desperation and Jazz Age nostalgia, Bury Me Deep - with its hothouse of jealousy, illicit sex, and shifting loyalties - is a timeless portrait of the dark side of desire.

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