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Everything You Want Me to Be
by Mindy Mejia


Overview - Readers drawn to this compelling psychological thriller because of its shared elements with Gillian Flynn s Gone Girl (2012) will be pleasantly surprised to discover that Mejia s confident storytelling pulls those themes into an altogether different exploration of manipulation and identity.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Readers drawn to this compelling psychological thriller because of its shared elements with Gillian Flynn s Gone Girl (2012) will be pleasantly surprised to discover that Mejia s confident storytelling pulls those themes into an altogether different exploration of manipulation and identity. Booklist (starred review)
Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.
High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.
Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery or destruction?"


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781501123429
  • ISBN-10: 1501123424
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Suspense
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Psychological
Books > Fiction > Contemporary Women

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

The discovery of the body of high school senior Hattie Hoffman, found stabbed in an abandoned barn in rural Pine Valley, Minn., kicks off this engaging, character-driven crime novel from Mejia (The Dragon Keeper), who examines the events leading up to the murder through three narratorsSheriff Del Goodman, a Hoffman family friend; Peter Lund, a high school teacher who tries to escape his faltering marriage through an affair with Hattie; and Hattie herself. A natural actor, Hattie consciously plays roles to please other people. When she falls in love, though, she decides to be honest about her identity and desireswith devastating consequences. The story occasionally drags, and the murders resolution seems almost like an afterthought, but Mejia adroitly charts Hatties development. Peter, initially sympathetic, becomes cloying, while Dela Vietnam vet who enjoys fishing and the undemanding company of his neighbors catemerges as the most compelling and rich of the trio. Readers will look forward to further work from this talented author. Agent: Stephanie Cabot, Gernert Company. (Jan.)

 
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