A breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy and ambition, and Megan Abbott's most sensational psychological thriller yet.
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 realise how much you've sacrificed for them. Even if they are keeping secrets from you ...
A mother knows best ... doesn't she?
'Abbott proves herself a master of fingernails-digging-into-your-palms suspense.' - Kirkus Reviews
'A piercing look at what one family will sacrifice in the name of making their daughter a champion ... keenly examines the pressures put on girls' bodies and and the fierce, often misguided love parents have for their children.' - Publishers Weekly
'What Megan Abbott knows, as so many maestros of the heebie-jeebies do, is that it's not strangers who are scary; it's the people you think you know and love ... Abbott is in top form in this novel. She resumes her customary role of black cat, opaque and unblinking, filling her readers with queasy suspicion at every turn.' - The New York Times