Publisher: Pan Macmillan/Picador
Format Paperback from publisher
Pub Date 31st July 2018
Price $29.99 AUD
Purchase at: https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781509855711/
Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Give Me Your Hand was an unputdownable thriller. It hooked me from the very beginning and took me on a heart racing journey of two very different woman.
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…
Despite reading the synopsis, I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book, just a bit of mystery. What I got was so much more. It’s hard to review this book without giving too much away, but it was a very gripping read. I am a huge fan of science, and this book involves both Kit and Diane working at a research lab. The topic of their research is a condition women can suffer called PMDD, something I had never heard of before, but closely related to PMS. How intriguing! I enjoyed all the scientific references, and it was great to see women in the forefront of this research. For most of this book I thought I knew what to expect from each page, but Megan Abbott continued to change the rules and keep me guessing. Things happened that I didn’t expect and at times I was concerned for the characters. Both Kit and Diane are deeply flawed and while highly successful, it was refreshing to read about women who struggle every day with stress and male competition. It was all very honest.
Give Me Your Hand is told from two different time periods, ‘then’ and ‘now’. It details Kit and Diane’s teenage friendship, how they helped each other succeed in the field of science and how it all then fell apart. Secrets, lies and death abound in this book and it was definitely not what I expected. I personally could not connect with either Kit or Diane but Megan Abbott wrote this book in a way that was so hard to put down. Originally it was ‘just the next page’ and that turned into, ‘just the next chapter’. Before I knew it I had finished the book and had what I think was a gobsmacked look on my face.
At times the writing style seemed a bit disjointed, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. Overall it was fast paced, not what I expected and very thrilling. If you enjoy reading about flawed but seriously smart women, secrets, lies and suspense, this book is definitely for you!
Thank you to Pan Macmillan & Picador for my copy of Give Me Your Hand. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all thoughts and opinions are my own. They do not represent the author or the publisher.