Megan Abbott
The Fever

The Fever

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From the publisher: "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."

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You Will Know Me

You Will Know Me

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Series: Quick Lit 9/16
Genre: Mystery
Tag: Quick Lit

A new nail-biter from Thriller Award winner Abbott is always news. She's best known for The Fever, a book I've been meaning to read for ages. I know her by reputation, though I haven't yet read her work, and was surprised to hear her forthcoming novel is focused on an elite teen gymnast, a tragedy that rocks her training facility, and the subsequent unraveling of everything the characters thought they knew about each other. Add Audible narration for $12.99. Publication date July 26 2016.

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Give Me Your Hand

Give Me Your Hand

From the Edgar-award winning author of You Will Know Me, a psychological thriller about friendship, rivalry, ambition, and fear set in the world of science. Kit and Diane forge an unlikely friendship in high school chemistry class. But after Diane shares a terrible secret, it destroys their friendship and nearly derails Kit’s life. Their paths don’t cross again until ten years later when they’re hired to work in the same research lab, and then begins a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both. friendship, rivalry, ambition, fear. Abbott’s pacing is excellent; her dark and mysterious story unfolds in alternating chapters jumping backward and forward in time.

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The End of Everything

The End of Everything

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From the publisher: "From the bestselling author of You Will Know Me, comes this darkly compelling novel about a teenage girl who disappears during a 1980s suburban summer. 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. And then, one afternoon, Evie disappears. As a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the Midwestern suburban community, everyone looks to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, upset? Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. 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."

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The Turnout

The Turnout

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From the publisher: "A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick. With their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can remember. Growing up, they were homeschooled and trained by their glamorous mother, founder of the Durant School of Dance. After their parents' death in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prized student. Marie, warm and soft, teaches the younger students; Dara, with her precision, trains the older ones; and Charlie, sidelined from dancing after years of injuries, rules over the back office. Circling around one another, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker—a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration—an interloper arrives and threatens the sisters' delicate balance."

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