Everything You Want Me to Be

Everything You Want Me to Be

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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People's Best New Books Pick The Wall Street Journal's Best New Mysteries "Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will devour this fast-paced story."—InStyle "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) 2017's Best Fiction Books —Bustle 12 Books Gone Girl Fans Should Have on Their Wish List —BookBubNo one knows who she really is... Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she's found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community. It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie's boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie's impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger? 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 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?
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9781501123443
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 20, 2018

another page turner like Leave No Trace by the same writer. She captures MN so well. a who -dun-it with good character development. keeps you pinning the villain and spinning outcomes til the last page.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 27, 2018

Hattie had always been a Good Girl. The investigation of her shocking and brutal murder turns up many dark and ugly secrets.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

A compelling psychological murder mystery. There is a nice comparison between the motivations of the main characters in this book and in "Macbeth."

Aug 31, 2017

This book had me hooked from the first page and I could not put it down! It was so well written, so many wonderful details of a small country town that I could easily imagine in my head, and the characters were coming right off the pages they were so real. It also had some great twists and turns and a few things that I did not see coming. Overall, it was a fantastic read that i will be recommending to others.

Aug 16, 2017

I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The characters were engaging and interesting. About 3/4 of the way in the book, though, I was ready to be done with the story. I will keep on the lookout for Ms. Mejia's next book.

Aug 15, 2017

Just...no on this book. Didn't like the character development, it wasn't difficult to figure out the ending, didn't care for the writing style. It was boring, I skimmed to the end just to see if I had accurately guessed the murderer (and hey, I was right!). Pass on this one, there are way better reads.

Aug 02, 2017

It's only just okay. If you're looking for the next Gone Girl, this isn't it. Somewhat predictable and the moralizing of "city folk" gets quite grating by the end. Good enough read for a few hours, but easily forgotten.

ehbooklover Jul 13, 2017

3.5 stars. This story is told from through the use of three different, well developed characters. While they are definitely not very likeable, they are interesting and the method of narration is very effective and kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a great twist at the end too!

May 28, 2017

Mystery about a teenager found murdered in a rural town and a sheriff determined to find the killer. Not much of a detective story here, but the story keeps your attention; although I found it too predictable. Also, being a city guy, I found it preachy with the country stuff. Could have passed on this one.

Apr 06, 2017

Great read, very engaging- I stayed up quite late to finish it! I took it off the new books display because I thought the title and cover were intriguing. I did not think that it would be about a high school age girl. However, I enjoyed the back and forth narratives from different people and at different times to tell the story. I have to admit I was confused at first by the jumping back and forth in time, but ultimately thought it was an excellent way of building suspense because you want to know not just who did it, but why. Peter Lund is a sympathetic character at first, and then becomes less and less so. After I finished it, I found myself thinking... most of the characters are lying about something, but who is lying the most, and who is the most culpable of the liars? (Spoiler alert) Peter's wife lies by not telling her husband that she intends to return permanently to rural life, Peter lies by letting his wife think he is completely okay with living in a rural area (and a lot else, specifically the affair), and Hattie is apparently lying to almost everyone about everything- or at least acting so many parts with the people closest to her that she has a chart to keep it all straight! I don't think lying or acting a part are acceptable behavior, but I feel sorry for Hattie because she learned this behavior at such a young age and is only just beginning to realize there might be another way to relate to other people. It's unfortunate that the first person she relates to completely as herself is someone that can never be who she wants him to be and leads to tragedy.

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