Megan Abbott is the Edgar®-winning author of the novels Die a Little, Queenpin, The Song Is You, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything, Dare Me, The Fever and You Will Know Me. Her next book, Give Me Your Hand, will be published in July 2018.
It’s the weight of a massive secret that tips the balance between two women, confessed to in the time of a shared childhood that wasn’t all sunshine and roses for two children streets academically from their peers. A secret shared is not necessarily a secret halved. It means there is now another person made complicit by their silence.
Both Kit and Diane have scientific minds, used to analysis and method, preferring order to chaos. Diane was always the more focused of the two on her study regime and career goals, but was she ever the more grounded of the two in reality? Kit was happy to leave Diane behind after the school years, so it is a huge shock to find out that the two of them will soon be working together in the small confines of a research laboratory. The brilliant Dr Severin will be taking forward only two young scientists from her team to work on a ground-breaking project to clinically prove the existence of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. As the lab team members evolve from being colleagues to competitors, Kit is not hopeful that she will be the last person standing. Diane, having been poached by Dr Severin, surely has that coveted first spot. What will Kit need to do in order to make sure she has the second?
It is unsettling for Kit to realize that Diane has merely paused in time on their relationship, and fully expects Kit to be once she once was – an ally. A terrible accident places the two women right back where they once were – one dependent on the silence of the other.