You Should Have Known

You Should Have Known

Large Print - 2014
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Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted, devoted to her husband, their young son, Henry, and the patients in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of a forthcoming book in which she castigates women for not valuing their intuition about 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 the man Grace thought she knew, only a chain of terrible revelations.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410472014
1410472019
Characteristics: 655 pages ;,23 cm.
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MartineVK
Apr 17, 2017

I found this very readable and enjoyed it throughout. I can understand that some people felt let down that this didn't turn into a thriller, but I found it extremely well written and liked what was there, as opposed to what wasn't there.

Korelitz is good at depicting what goes unsaid in families, even supposedly close ones. The ending is a little tidy and maybe that's where it devolves a bit into chick-lit.

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redtayres
Jan 18, 2017

Oh my, did this book bore me.

What began as an interesting story devolved into one which was overly long and failed to deliver a satisfying payout. The author may have wanted to show the reaction of someone dealing with the fallout of being married to a sociopath (or psychopath, I'm uncertain which) but without ever having that person appear and speak for himself, well, it felt like the invisible elephant in the room.

I began the book feeling like I'd like to read more from this author and finished it entirely uncertain whether I'd pick another of her books off the shelf.

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Lauraniven
Jul 22, 2015

A very good, engrossing read! Of all the mysteries we read this one takes us into the mysteries of marriage and relationships. Very enjoyable!

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 03, 2014

Married to a sociopath? If it sounds familiar, it's probably because you're reading an attempt to turn "Gone Girl" into a sensitive, character-driven literary novel. Korelitz isn't very successful, and the novel is largely tedious and comprised of ascending levels of realization, remorse, and rehabilitation.

sass35 Oct 09, 2014

This was a great read from beginning to end.I could not even imagine that what happen would of happened.The only thing i found somewhat unbelievable is that she did not what to found out more information about what happen it was a little strange but even her reaction was interesting.Loved this book.

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gusmcrae
Oct 07, 2014

I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it ended up being. This is definitely more of a cerebral thriller. There are no thrilling chase scenes or nail-biting moments, but the story still pulled me in, and the deeper I got into it, the harder it was to put down. Korelitz does a great job of exploring how one person's world can be completely turned upside down when the truth suddenly rears its ugly head. I felt so frustrated for Grace because she was so clueless at times, but I imagine when everyone thinks you ought to know the truth already than that's how it goes. Watching her find her two feet again after discovering that the life she had lead for nearly 20 years was a lie, was refreshing. All-in-all, "You Should Have Known" is a solid 4 stars for me. My only complaint was that the book was a bit wordy at times, and I do prefer books with either shorter chapters or more breaks throughout a chapter. Although this read was one that I didn't want to put down the farther I got into, so I didn't mind not having those breaks as

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bayougal
Sep 28, 2014

I agree with reader samdog; I truly did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It did have a somewhat slow start, but once events unfolded and secrets started coming out, it was a horrifying psychological thriller. Much more impressed than I thought I would be.

samdog123 Jun 08, 2014

Actually, I'm really surprised that I rated this book 'very good.' It had a very slow start where our main character, Grace, finds out her husband is not the man she thought he was. Having written a potential best seller, entitled, "You should have known," she advises her patients to listen to the signs that signal a bad choice right at the outset. What a good twist (bit of a spoiler here) that she is a victim who should have heeded her own advice. Really well done.

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spatterson42
Jun 01, 2014

Good plot idea, but poorly executed. This could have been an intense thriller, but instead, it was really sloooooow. Most of the book was description, but there was very little action. The main character spent most of the novel saying "What is going on?" without the reader getting hints about the answer. Really more boring than it should have been.

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paraphan
May 24, 2014

This book had a good premise but the writer got lost somewhere. She needed to concentrate on one or other major aspects; was it about her new book or her marriage and the drama within. It started very slowly, the beginning of the 'real' story emerged and then….. The end was improbable, reminded me in some ways of "Sleeping with the Enemy" (Julia Roberts film) without being as well set up. Very disappointing.

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