You Should Have Known

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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, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she ...
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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, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. 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 an ongoing 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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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Janet Maslin
…smart and devious…Ms. Korelitz is able to glide smoothly from a watchful, occasional sinister comedy of New York manners into a much more alarming type of story.
The New York Times Book Review - Susan Dominus
Dramatic irony isn't the only pleasure of You Should Have Known; Grace's husband's pathology is erratic enough for behavior that holds genuine surprise. But the real suspense here lies in wondering when Grace will catch up to the reader. When and how will she come to know what she should have known and at some level maybe already did? The momentum of the novel, not to mention the writing, takes off just as Grace starts stumbling her way, arms outstretched, toward a glimpse of her husband's true nature.
Publishers Weekly
★ 08/26/2013
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)
Kirkus Reviews
Jason Bourne meets Martha Stewart in another of Korelitz's woman-of-a-certain-age-in-crisis dramas. The author's 2009 novel, Admission, is now a film starring Tina Fey. Well, not quite Jason Bourne. But Grace Reinhart Sachs is almost as resourceful. She lives the perfect life--or so she thinks--with a rich, famous doctor for a husband and a satisfying if hurried professional life as a therapist, pop psychologist and now author of a book called, yes, You Should Have Known, a book that's "apparently about to snag the Zeitgeist." With said snagging comes her ascent to public personhood, or, as Grace puts it in psychologese, "[t]hus completing my public infantilization." Her book urges women to take charge and exercise due diligence with regard to potential life mates, though in her own case, she had "absolutely just known, the first time she had lain eyes on Jonathan Sachs, that she would marry and love him for the rest of her life." Mistake. Karma being what it is, it only stands to reason that the perfection of her life--the great kid, happy marriage, stunningly appointed city apartment and country home--will fall apart at the mere hint of scandal. And so it does, so that when Grace discovers that he's not everything that he's cracked up to be--emphasis on cracked up--she swings into action to uncover every dirty bit of laundry that's hidden in that oak-paneled walk-in closet. Korelitz writes with clarity and an unusual sense of completeness; she doesn't overdescribe, but neither does she let much of anything go by without observing it, which slows an already deliberately paced narrative. She is also an ascended master of the psychologically fraught situation, of which Grace experiences many as she stumbles on but then rises above the wreckage of her life. A smart, leisurely study of midlife angst.
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"Ms. Korelitz's book is smart and devious - enough so to bring to mind another work of trickery, one that has "Gone" in its title and does not feature Scarlett O'Hara."—The New York Times

"Tempt the gods with smug self-righteousness and they will deliver a windfall of tragedy, as witness in Jean Hanff Korelitz's rollickingly good literary thriller...Korelitz writes intimately and engagingly about a social strata few are privy to, but the ugliness is very familiar."—Vanity Fair

"This consuming, expertly plotted thriller moves along at a slow burn, building up to shocking revelations about Grace's past and ending with a satisfying twist on her former relationship mantra; 'doubt can be a gift.'"—People

"Korelitz does not disappoint as she chronicles the emotional unraveling of her heroine in this gripping saga...A cut above your average who-is-this-stranger-in-my-marriage-bed novel, "You Should Have Known'' transforms itself at certain moments from a highly effective thriller into a nuanced novel of family, heritage, identity, and nurture."—The Boston Globe

"The thriller we're obsessed with."—Entertainment Weekly

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

"An unputdownably deft vivisection of Manhattan's upper social strata."—Vogue.com

Library Journal
02/01/2014
A successful therapist with her new book, You Should Have Known, due to be published in weeks, Grace is living a life to envy: she's married to an oncologist who loves her, has a son who adores her, and lives in a great apartment in Manhattan. Her son, Henry, attends an exclusive private school, which is in the midst of an annual fundraiser. Grace attends a planning meeting with several moms she already knows plus a new member, Malaga. Imagine the moms' shock when a few days after the meeting, Malaga is found brutally murdered in her apartment. The police question everyone on the planning committee but return to talk to Grace several times. And thus begins the end of what Grace thought was a normal life. VERDICT Korelitz, the author of Admission, has crafted her second novel in the vein of Gone Girl or The Silent Wife; unfortunately, the suspense is marred by the overwritten prose. The book tends to be very New York-centric, so readers unfamiliar with the vagaries of life in Manhattan may find little to enjoy; still, fans of Korelitz's first novel may be curious enough to give this a shot. [See Prepub Alert, 9/30/13.]—Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455599493
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 18,649
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Hanff Korelitz was born and raised in New York and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of one book of poems, THE PROPERTIES OF BREATH, and three previous novels, A JURY OF HER PEERS, THE SABBATHDAY RIVER and THE WHITE ROSE, as well as a novel for children, INTERFERENCE POWDER. She has also published essays in the anthologies MODERN LOVE and BECAUSE I SAID SO, and in the magazines VOGUE, REAL SIMPLE, MORE, NEWSWEEK, ORGANIC STYLE, TRAVEL AND LEISURE (FAMILY) and others. She lives in New York City with her husband (Irish poet Paul Muldoon, poetry editor at The New Yorker and Princeton poetry professor) and two children.
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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    Grace Sachs is a successful therapist, mother to a young son





    Grace Sachs is a successful therapist, mother to a young son and wife to a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital. Grace is also the author of You Should Have Known, a book about women valuing their intuition and first impressions. It all hits the fan when the Grace's own marriage is in headlines. A bloody murder, a missing husband and unbelievable revelations rock Grace's world. She must heed her own advice and piece together what she knows and does not know.




    I am the type of reader that reads every word. I don't want to skip pages or miss any reactions. But this novel? Seriously encouraged me to skim. Of the 383 pages, 183 pages are unnecessary. There is so much background information and detail that gets in the way of what comes next, what really matters in the plot. While the formula of psychological thriller plus not knowing who your spouse really is had all the makings of a good novel, it was a struggle to finish reading.




    Literary Marie of Precision Reviews

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Couldn't put it down!

    This was one of the best books I've read in a while. The author did a great job of creating the thoughts and feelings of the main character, Grace. It was almost painful to keep reading at times but yet you wanted to know what was going on. I am going to look for more books by Ms. Korelitz.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Good

    I really liked this book... it was very interesting and will remind you of people in the headlines....

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    (the worst unedited book I have ever read)!!!

    I wanted to give it zero stars, but website wouldn't let me!!

    Wow, it has been years since I had to abandon a book, but this one was one of the worst books I have ever not finished. The grammar with all the parentheses was just too much!! I can do "wordy" when the text is relevant!!
    I cannot believe this was recommended by anyone!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Too wordy and tedious, I couldn't finish it.

    Too wordy and tedious, I couldn't finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Too wirdy Tii Too wirdy Too wordy

    Could have been a really good book but is definately marred by really long irrelevant descriptions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Good plot poor editing

    Although I found this book hard to put down, I feeel that the plot was bogged down with too many rambling details



    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    Your Life May Not Be as Perfect as You Think!

    Listened to the audiobook YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, by Jean Hanff Koreltz, narrated by Christina Delaine, involving a relationship and marriage therapist, Grace. Grace also is on the verge of being published, a novel, “You Should Have Known”, offering advice to women, urging them not to ignore the signs regarding men they are with or plan on spending their lives with. Grace is unlikable, a snob, and thinks she is much better than her current patients.

    Her husband, Jonathan is rather supportive with a thriving pediatric oncologist practice, with seventeen years of marriage, and has a twelve year old son, Henry which is bright, attending a prestigious private school. Sounds like a perfect life, right? Living in a New York apartment where Grace grew up, their lives are content and balanced until a tragedy occurs, which changes everything.

    Then there's a death--a woman we really don't know, or have any idea how she is connected to this family. In addition, Jonathan, Grace's husband disappears. With officer's knocking at the door, Grace finally takes a hard, long look in the mirror and sees she knows nothing, or what she should have known.

    Jonathan is supposedly away at a conference in Cleveland...or is he? Does he have a connection to the murdered woman? When was the last time Grace has spoken to Jonathan?

    Karma comes around to haunt Grace, questioning the perfection of her happy marriage, stunning home, (city and country homes), career, great kid, and perfect life—the scandal which can tear apart this illusion of a life.

    One woman’s examination of her life, memories, shame, fear, humiliation and horror of admitting her failures. As she tries to uncover the truth of her husband, the friends are now gone as she is left to find answers to her life of ruin and disaster—can she rise above the wreckage and reinvent herself?

    A good set up; however, would have preferred more of a suspense, versus all the fluff of what it is to live in a pretentious and perfect world. Will have to concur with a number of the other reviewers ----could have been a great novel; however, all the background information, took priority over the part which should, or could have been an excellent psychological thriller—A disconnect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    I didn't like this book...I kept reading it and thought it would

    I didn't like this book...I kept reading it and thought it would get better,
    but it never did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Good plot, poor writing, even .poorer editing...

    Says it all. Lois



    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    O a girl

    And ps puper is the daughter of Hades ;) ok bye now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    A girl

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    So slow and boring

    This book came highly recommended to me, however I didn't even finish it because it was so slow, boring and Grace was just annoying with the constant inner monologue issues and concern. Would not recommend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Story Contest Rules

    1. No warrior cat stories<br>2. No se<_>x stories<br>3. Have good grammar, spelling, and conventions. The better it is, the more chance you have of winning.<br>4. Be a good sport. All stories are good, but there has to be a winner. It is a contest!<br>5. Your story must be at least one page long, or else l may not include it.<p>-Prizes-<br>First Place-Three days of advertisement, and l'll join your rp.<p>Second Place-Two days of advertising.<br>Third Place-One day of advertisment

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Not my cup of tea

    This was the book that was chosen by my book club. I thought it was pretty predictable. It was also annoying that you never hear anything from the husband which would have given this story more dimension. Not my cup of tea, but if you like fictional stories, then maybe you will enjoy this.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

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    Your Life May Not Be as Perfect as You May Think

    Listened to the audiobook YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, by Jean Hanff Koreltz, narrated by Christina Delaine involving a relationship and marriage therapist, Grace. Grace also is on the verge of being published, a novel, “You Should Have Known”, offering advice to women, urging them not to ignore the signs regarding men they are with or plan on spending their lives with. Grace is unlikable, a snob, and thinks she is much better than her current patients.

    Her husband, Jonathan is rather supportive with a thriving pediatric oncologist practice, with seventeen years of marriage, and has a twelve year old son, Henry which is bright, attending a prestigious private school. Sounds like a perfect life, right? Living in a New York apartment where Grace grew up, their lives are content and balanced until a tragedy occurs, which changes everything.

    Then there's a death--a woman we really don't know, or have any idea how she is connected to this family. In addition, Jonathan, Grace's husband disappears. With officer's knocking at the door, Grace finally takes a hard, long look in the mirror and sees she knows nothing, or what she should have known.

    Jonathan is supposedly away at a conference in Cleveland...or is he? Does he have a connection to the murdered woman? When was the last time Grace has spoken to Jonathan?

    Karma comes around to haunt Grace, questioning the perfection of her happy marriage, stunning home, (city and country homes), career, great kid, and perfect life—the scandal which can tear apart this illusion of a life.

    One woman’s examination of her life, memories, shame, fear, humiliation and horror of admitting her failures. As she tries to uncover the truth of her husband, the friends are now gone as she is left to find answers to her life of ruin and disaster—can she rise above the wreckage and reinvent herself?

    A good set up (Similar to The Husband's Secret); however, would have preferred more of a suspense, versus all the fluff of what it is to live in a pretentious and perfect world. Will have to concur with a number of the other reviewers ----could have been a great novel; however, all the background information, took priority over the part which should, or could have been an excellent psychological thriller—A disconnect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Loved it.

    Very enjoyable read, especially if you like plot twists. Interesting take on human behavior.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    What a page turner!

    You Should Have Known is a most suspenseful psychological mystery. It is well written and multi-layered. The characters are interesting and the protagonist is sympathetic. I literally could not put this book down until I finished reading it. It was satisfying and left me wanting more.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book.  Zoomed through it the first time

    I absolutely loved this book.  Zoomed through it the first time and then went back and re-read it. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Talented writer

    I could not put it down.

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