Book Review

Review of You Should Have Known

Title: You Should Have Known

Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz

Rating: 4 Stars

Pages: 439

Days it Took to Read: 5 days

Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Goodreads Synopsis: 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 You Should Have Known, a book in which she castigates women for not valuing their intuition and calls upon them to examine their first impressions of men for signs of serious trouble later on. 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.

Review: Although it took me a few chapters to get into the book I ended up getting sucked in and enjoying it. Some chapters are on the longer end so it took me a little while to get through the book. The subject was unique, extremely interesting, and definitely ironic given the title. There was a lot of build-up to the main issue, but I think it is necessary to give a sense of Grace’s life before the incident in order to compare it to the during and after parts of the book. I definitely found myself cheering for Grace as she works her way through each difficulty. Although it was mostly a mystery-ish book, there were some touches of romance and coming of age. The ending answered plenty of questions but still left a few things up to the reader. I definitely would recommend this book, especially if you are interested in mysteries and thrillers.

Other Books By Author: Admission, The Devil and Webster, and more

 

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