“Women have to live so much of their life in the in-betweens.” (p. 317) Megan Abbott’s narrator of Give Me Your Hand is Kit Owens, a young scientist laboring in a highly competitive academic lab. Kit is on the cusp of being selected for a position on a potentially ground-breaking study that could lift Kit out of the obscurity of the laboratory to scientific super-stardom. But, in a surprise move, Kit’s boss–the brilliant and ambitious Dr. Severin–announces a new candidate for a position on her prestigious study: Diane Fleming. In a series of flashbacks, we learn Kit and Diane had a friendship in High School when they were lab partners and ran on the track team.
Diane has a secret and Kit has a secret. When the secrets are shared, their friendship ends. But now, 12 years later, Diane and Kit are thrown back together in the high pressure research environment. Megan Abbott captures the stress and strain of academic competition. The suspense ratchets up as both women deal with the consequences of their past. Friendships, rivalries, and the riddles of blood swirl throughout the plot of this suspenseful mystery. Give Me Your Hand is Megan Abbott’s best novel so far! GRADE: A