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You Should Have Known Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I overall really enjoyed the book but the middle became a little bogged down, repetitious ,but overall I would recommend it .Published 7 days ago by PTamborlane
Slow read but got more interesting as I got in to the story. Enjoyed the twist---didn't see it coming.Published 7 days ago by charlotte grabill
Needed a lot of editing- I skimmed through a good portion of the book since it was mostly useless information.Published 9 days ago by Jonathan
This book was a total disappointment. Reading the reviews on the inside of the book had me excited to pick up this "thriller", but there was no thrill. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not always believable especially towards the end- settling into Connecticut- but enjoyable. Well written and I loved the premise as in the title.Published 14 days ago by Mary Elliott
Book is rather slow moving with a little too much introspection from the min character. I would get bored while reading and skip a few pages here and there.Published 23 days ago by Ethany Nelson