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You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

You Should Have KnownYou Should Have Known. Finished 1-21-15, rating 4/5, fiction, 464 pages, pub. 2014

Received from Goodreads as part of the 1st Reader program.  I did read AND listen to this one.

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.

from Goodreads

Grace, Grace, Grace, oh how hard you were to take with your sanctimonious habit of telling people what they had done wrong, all the while guilty of the same thing yourself!  Your utter lack of self-awareness was headache inducing.  The love and adoration you showered on your son could have been shared with a few others… your husband, your father, a friend.  Instead you lived in this bubble of what you thought your life ought to be and was, so full of pride that you had made it reality and it made me disgusted with you.  Not only were you judgemental, you were clueless.  Clueless about your husband and everything that came after him.  I should have felt more sympathy for you than I did, but you wanted to live in denial, not knowing the truth unless it was thrust upon you and that just made you unlikable and weak.

I do wish you well, seeing you come out the other side of your nightmare gave me a little hope for your future. I hope you grab it with both hands and keep your eyes wide open.  Can’t say that I see your new business working out, but hey, you just might be determined enough to make it happen.

Good Luck,

A gal who sorta liked reading about your train wreck

February 5, 2015 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |

5 Comments »

  1. I love your review of this one, Stacy. 🙂 Grace sounds like the kind of character that you’d want to scream at as you read. It sounds like the author makes it work though. I’ll have to look for this one.

    Comment by Literary Feline | February 6, 2015 | Reply

  2. I laughed out loud at your review. Priceless! I read this one last year or rather listened to it. And I liked it. However, I think you put a new spin on things and really, I felt much the same way. Could she have been more clueless? I suppose it was supposed to be the greatest irony that a woman who wrote a book basically telling women that they closed their eyes to problems in their relationships that “should” have been obvious and then finds herself married to a nutcase. Good way to review this book!

    Comment by Kay | February 6, 2015 | Reply

  3. It sounds like Grace got under your skin! Your review is great and has piqued my interest!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | February 6, 2015 | Reply

  4. Great review! Gave me a good idea of what the story is about. Not sure if I want to read it, but loved your take on it 🙂

    Comment by View From My Home | February 6, 2015 | Reply

  5. Just love the format of this review, Stacy! Actually have this book on my kindle. The question is when will I get to it? 😉

    Comment by lakesidemusing | February 7, 2015 | Reply


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