Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 3 stars
Kit and Diane met as teens at running camp and then bonded further when Diane transferred to Kit's high school. Diane's accomplishments inspired Kit to push herself to academic excellence. Thanks to Diane, Kit even applied for a scholarship to work in a lab that will eventually shape the rest of her life. One day, Diane revealed a secret to Kit so terrible that it caused them to drift apart.
Years later, Kit is working her dream research job with her mentor. Competition to work on a new grant to study premenstrual dysphoric disorder has tensions among the research staff at an all time high. Kit is thrown for a loop when Diane transfers into the lab. She's now expected to work side by side with the one person she hoped to never see again. Even worse, now Kit has a secret that Diane helps to protect.
This was a so-so read for me. I finished it quickly over an afternoon and almost completely forgot about it. I was trying to recall what books I read over the weekend and this one slipped my mind. Even with my book amnesia, It was a good fast-paced read with an interesting premise. Unfortunately I found the characters and the thriller aspect to be flat. I actually was more interested learning about the research than on the murder mystery. Give Me Your Hand would have made a much more interesting story if it stuck to focusing on female friendship, rivalry, and relationships within the competitive world of science and academia. Despite the unevenness, this was a decent beach read.