Hattie Hoffman is a teenager living in a small town in Minnesota. She’s a model student, a budding actress, and all-around good girl. When she is found murdered, suddenly all is not as it seems. Sheriff Del Goodman is determined to find out what really happened to this promising young woman. The story goes back and forth between the year before Hattie’s death and the current day. Full of twists that you won’t see coming, this thriller will keep the reader guessing until the very end.— Sharon K. Nagel
January 2017 Indie Next List
“To some extent we are all chameleons. We fit ourselves to the situations we find ourselves in, act differently around our boss than with our family, and tell little white lies out of kindness. But what if that's all you did? Hattie Hoffman is just a teenager, but she has already mastered the art of observing the people around her, assessing their desires and expectations and molding herself accordingly. Everything You Want Me to Be is a chilling mystery that explores the mutability of identity through the eyes of three very different people. If you're looking for the next captivating thriller that everyone will be comparing to Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, this is it!”
— Lauren Peugh (E), Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ
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 --BookBub
No 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?