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You Should Have Known [Kindle Edition]

Jean Hanff Korelitz
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (646 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son, Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of the forthcoming You Should Have Known, a book in which she castigates women for not valuing their intuition and calls upon them to pay attention to their first impressions of men.

But weeks before the book is published, a chasm opens in her own life: a violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. This excellent literary mystery by the author of 2009's Admission unfolds with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan. Therapist Grace Reinhart Sachs is about to embark on a publicity blitz to promote her buzzed-about book on why relationships fail, You Should Have Known. In the meantime, she cares for her 12-year-old son, Henry, who attends the same private school she went to as a child. Grace also treasures her loving relationship with her longtime husband Jonathan, a pediatric cancer doctor at a prestigious hospital. The novel's first third offers readers an authoritative glimpse into the busy-but-leisurely lives of private-school moms. Grace does her best to get along with the school's vapid and catty fundraising committee. She eventually learns that one of the mothers outside her social strata, Malaga Alves, was found murdered in her apartment by her young son. Grace, already tense and sad from these events, becomes more and more anxious as Jonathan, at a medical conference in the Midwest, proves unreachable over several days. The author deftly places the reader in Grace's shoes by exploring her isolation, unease, and contempt for the rumor mill. The plot borders on hyperbole when it comes to upending what we know about one character, but that doesn't take much away from this intriguing and beautiful book. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment. (Mar. 2014)


"This excellent literary mystery [unfolds] with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan. . . intriguing and beautiful."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455599492
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Therapist, heal thyself... February 27, 2014
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In this compelling portrait of a psychotherapist and her family, the eponymous You Should Have Known refers to a book written by relationship/marriage therapist, Grace Reinhart Sachs. Grace's self-help/relationship book candidly opens up to women about their penchant to ignore signs of toxic partners. She identifies the red flags that one should detect when hooking up with a lifetime partner. Grace claims that most of us "know," even from the beginning, when a partner isn't right for us; too often we disregard the evidence in our quest to try and reconcile that other person into our lives. Fortunately for Grace, she has had 17 happily married years with Jonathan, a compassionate pediatric oncologist. Until one day, her life turns upside down.

Grace's book is on the verge of being published; already she has had interviews with different magazines and TV news shows. Jonathan is supportive, her practice thrives, and their twelve-year-old son, Henry, is a bright student at a private, prestigious middle school. They live in the New York apartment that Grace grew up in. Their lives are content and balanced. And, then, a tragedy throws Grace into the teeth of an emotional storm. Her life has convulsed, her world is tilted, her compass is in uncharted territory, and misaligned. She has only herself, her comfort zones (special places in NY that she has known since childhood, a rural farmhouse in Connecticut, eateries she frequents), and her beloved son. Now, she thinks, who should have known?

There's a crime, but this isn't a crime book or police procedural, despite some conspicuous detectives.
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110 of 125 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great premise, well written, poor execution March 12, 2014
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I was so primed to love this book. And there are things to like a lot about it. It's a great premise -- Grace is a successful Manhattan psychologist with the perfect life and perfect husband writes a book criticizing women for not following their instincts in love, only to find out days before publication that her own husband, and her own life, are not what she thought at all. In fact, nothing is as she thought at all: her instincts about everyone around her, from her best friend to her own husband, have been proven to be very truly wrong.

Great premise, right? And there's great writing in here, especially in the very clear depiction of the upper-middle-class Manhattan lifestyle, its perks and its perils. But... I kept waiting for it to really get started. And it never does. This is a strangely passive book. For one thing, all the interesting action takes place offstage: the murders, the murder investigation, the gossiping about Grace and her family, the gradual unraveling of the truth - all offstage. Her husband, the ultimate villain of the piece, does not make an appearance - not in the present day, not even in flashbacks. That's an incredibly strange choice, like having a Shakespearean drama where the villain is never seen. We don't even see very basic conflicts such as Grace's circle turning on her. Literally, Grace spends the vast majority of the book in denial of what is going on, just going about her life; and then when she realizes what happens, she flees town, never to return. It's a strangely passive book where almost everything interesting takes place in a different room from the one where the story is being told.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY Disappointing April 19, 2014
By Chris
SPOILER ALERT The first part of this three part book grabbed me. I was into it, and was planning on recommending it to friends. But the author dropped the ball when she got to parts two and three. I read to the end, hoping it would get better. Instead, it relies on what I would call "chick lit" cliches, becoming a beach novel, when it could have been a great novel. Here's the quick list of what I ended up hating about this book: The heroine is the only mother at her son's school who isn't a vacuous snob, and we get plenty of opportunities to come to that realization. Her son has no faults, and may be the first 12 year old to immediately be accepted by other 12 year olds and flourish at a new school, the very first day. The in-laws, villians at first, in an instant become the Cleavers, accepting her into their family without hesitation, after 20 years of no contact at all. It's okay that her father cheated repeatedly on her mother, although we hate her husband for cheating on her. Her evil step-mother turns out to be a sweetheart; it was all a misunderstanding over some dishes. And perhaps the most disappointing of all, our heroine finds love within just a few months of fleeing her nightmare in NYC. At first he seems to be a local yokel, but wait, No, he's a college professor. So he is acceptable after all. He finds her adolescent son "wonderful" (as everyone does) and the son warms up to him just as fast. The only suspense in this book: would she end up in the arms of the lake neighbor, or the arms of the police detective. But the detective has a double chin, so we know it has to be the lake neighbor. You've read this same book a hundred times. It's headed straight to Lifetime TV.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and satisfying to read
Simply put, I loved this book. It started off a little slow in the beginning while the author was setting up the characters and the context, but once it got going a couple of... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Chicago Book Addict
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Very interesting plot and concept for the book. Also liked the contradiction between what we think we know and what we actually know. Would have liked a better ending.
Published 1 day ago by meljan
4.0 out of 5 stars nice suspense
Good story. Bit too much like "gone girl". Things move fast after slow first chapter. Engaging, hard to put down. But lags in places and often predictable. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robert McConnell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I liked this story after I got into it. It was very drawn out in the beginning but turned out to be a nice read.
Published 4 days ago by Corky
4.0 out of 5 stars ... started off very slow but wound up to a good mystery.
It started off very slow but wound up to a good mystery.
Published 5 days ago by Theresa
2.0 out of 5 stars that was way too long
Very predictable and just unnecessarily too long.... I ended up skipping pages about 2/3 way through book. I really felt like I was never going to get to the end.
Published 5 days ago by Cinchicago
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book. Great plot and juicy New York life details.
Published 6 days ago by Florence J. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Interesting book. I thought about it for quite awhile after I finished reading it. How many times have I seen what I wanted to see and not what is right in front of me?
Published 7 days ago by Sunny One
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, as long as you know what you're getting into
I actually liked this book pretty well. I found the main character, Grace, to be fairly likeable and relatable while still being flawed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by M. Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The writer should leave out all the parenthesis - confuses the story.
Published 10 days ago by Joyce King
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Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the novels A JURY OF HER PEERS, THE SABBATHDAY RIVER, THE WHITE ROSE and ADMISSION, as well as INTERFERENCE POWDER, a novel for middle grade readers, and THE PROPERTIES OF BREATH, a collection of poetry. A new novel, YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, will be published early in 2014. A film version of ADMISSION starring Tina Fey, Paul Rudd and Lily Tomlin was released in March 2013.

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