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New Novel from MFA Alum Mindy Mejia

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Everything You Want Me to Be
by Mindy Mejia (MFA '09)
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Novel, 352 pages

Order the book from Simon & Schuster Books
Author Site: MindyMejia.com 


People’s Best New Books Pick
The Wall Street Journal’s Best New Mysteries
January 2017 Indie Next selection 
2017’s Best Fiction Books from Bustle

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?



Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will devour this fast-paced story.

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)

Engaging, character-driven crime novel…. Readers will look forward to further work from this talented author.
—Publishers Weekly

Ms. Mejia displays the enviable ability and assurance of such contemporaries as Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman in convincingly charting inter generational passion and angst.
—The Wall Street Journal

Terrific.... If even a 10th of the thrillers published in 2017 are as good as EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, we're in for some great reading.
—Pioneer Press

A twisty mystery about a teenage girl brutally killed in small-town Minnesota, “Everything You Want Me to Be” is a page-turner. 
—Star Tribune

An excellent book full of surprises, fans will be thrilled to find that this is one tale that falls into that very slim category of rare 'one-day' reads.
Suspense Magazine 


Details for all events are available at the author's event page. 

What: Book Signing and Talk
Where: The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale AZ
When: January 28, 2017 at 2pm

What: In Conversation with Sheila O’Connor 
Where: Barnes & Noble, Edina MN
When: February 3, 2017 at 7pm

What: Literature Lovers’ Night Out 
Where: Excelsior Chamber of Commerce, Excelsior MN
When: February 10, 2017 at 7pm ($10, buy tickets early)

What: Book Signing
Where: Arcadia Books, Spring Green WI
February 12, 2017 at 2pm


Mindy Mejia received a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MFA ('09) from Hamline University. She is a fiction writer, finance manager, weekend jogger, wife, and mother of two. She writes what she likes to read—contemporary, plot driven novels that deliver both entertainment and substance. 

She lives in the Twin Cities and is currently working on a project set in Duluth and the Boundary Waters that may or may not be a trilogy.

Mindy is available for readings, workshops, and book group discussions. 

Follow Mindy on twitter @MejiaWrites.