You Know Her: A Novel (Hardcover)
“This book will be the talk of the genre. If you read one thriller this year, read this one.” —Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick
Killing Eve meets Sharp Objects in this lush,savage Southern gothic thriller about twowomen: a fledgling murderer and the cophell-bent on catching her.
Two hours before he vanished, Mark Dixon stole a glass of wine. That’s what bartender Sophie Braam tells the cops when they question her about the customer whose mutilated body has just been found. What she doesn’t tell them is that she’s the one who killed him.
Officer Nora Martin is new to the Bellair Police Department and is trying very hard to learn the ropes from Detective Murphy while ignoring all her male colleagues griping about a diversity hire. When she meets Sophie, they build an uneasy camaraderie over shared frustrations.
As winter slides into spring and bodies start piling up, Nora begins to suspect that something’s not quite right with the unnerving, enigmatic bartender. But will she be able to convince Murph, or will he keep laughing off the idea that the serial killer haunting their little town is a woman?
A crackling cat-and-mouse thriller set against the verdant backdrop of small-town Virginia, Meagan Jennett’s You Know Her probes the boundaries of female friendship and the deadly consequences of frustration fermenting into rage.
About the Author
Meagan Jennett is an escaped bartender who traded in crafting cocktails for crafting her own tales. She is a doctoral candidate in fine arts at The University of Glasgow. Her work has been published in From Glasgow to Saturn, Honey & Lime Lit, and Skirting Around Magazine. You Know Her is her first novel.
A Paste Magazine Most Anticipated Mystery and Thriller Book of 2023
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2023
“You Know Her is a crackerjack debut thriller.”
—Bruce Tierney, BookPage
"A gem of a debut . . . it is smart and unique – and rather unsettling. This is the sort of story that you can’t put down . . . This is a novel about feminine rage, at its centre, about being a woman in an industry where women are often considered commodities . . . a thriller about what it would be like to follow those darkest urges and thoughts when we just need a break from society. And it’s a damn good one, well written, impeccably paced and dripping with Southern Gothic atmosphere."
—Fabienne Schwizer, Grimdark Magazine
"You Know Her delivers an exceptional cat-and-mouse storyline centered on two dynamic women . . . a glorious read. Meagan Jennett has created a world that’s easy to fall into, despite its dark shadows. With believable characters and almost magical language, the pages will turn almost by themselves."
—Jenny Maloney, Criminal Element
"Highly recommended, especially for anyone following the growing thriller trend of female serial killers."
—Booklist (starred review)
“There’s a killer mystery at the center of this novel that will keep you up turning pages deep into the night. Jennett mastered the pace and secrets of this thriller that you won’t ever be able to forget.”
"This debut author gives a twist to the crime novel."
—Konstantin Rega, Virginia Living
"Meagan Jennett doesn't mind bucking stereotypes -- in fact, her sensational debut novel You Know Her thrives because of it."
—Dawn Ius, The Big Thrill
"Stellar debut... Jennett is a writer to watch."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A subversive serial-killer tale that dives headfirst into a furious mind."
“Suspenseful and surprising, equal parts lyrical and chilling, You Know Her draws us relentlessly—and eagerly—into the cat-and-mouse duel between a young cop and a budding serial killer. A crackling debut.”
—Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award–winning author of the UNSUB series
"With a naturalist's soul and a killer's heart, Meagan Jennett has delivered a debut that seethes with graceful rage. Angry, smart, propulsive—You Know Her is an unforgettable crime novel."
—Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women
“You Know Her shines a light on the many ways women shoulder the emotional burdens of the world, but in this clever and sharp novel, it’s the men who pay the consequences. Incredibly dark, and with writing that drips pure emotion, You Know Her will haunt your dreams at night and have you checking over your shoulder during the day.”
—Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Lies I Tell
"A fierce, funny, incredibly timely, cathartic, gonzo feminist thriller. This book will be the talk of the genre. If you read one thriller this year, read this one.”
—Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick