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.
©2014 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2014 Hachette Audio
i listened at 2x for 2 reasons: i wanted the next plot twist (that's good) and the narrative was bloated (that's bad). But you'll overlook the latter for the former. I thoroughly enjoyed this, for all the yucky Upper East Side self-satisfied parts of it, found it insightful and always absorbing.
It's always a pleasure to read a book that doesn't rehash hundreds of others, that keeps you alternately guessing and speaking aloud to the character, and makes you want to drive the long way home so you have an excuse to keep listening.
The reading of this book was absolutely first-rate. Delaine read all the characters from a 12-year-old boy to older women, even one minor character with a Scottish accent, superbly.
Korelitz is very skilled in sketching out her characters and their environs.
Reading this novel is like following a trail scattered with breadcrumbs. At first you admire the view and easy of passage, but then you start to get annoyed that it's so easy and that there are no twists and turns.
Yes, thanks to the reading.
I was absolutely riveted by the story and the narration. This was one of those audio books where I felt the emotional arc of the story because of the excellent reading by Christine Delaine.
There were many, but one of the most memorable was when Grace reconnected with her estranged friend, Vida. I also loved the meeting with Jonathan's family.
Her voice conveyed, beautifully, the emotional impact that each disclosure of how little Grace knew about her husband.
I felt connected to all the emotions that Grace experienced throughout the story, especially the sense of dread as her orders life crumbled.
This book was hyped a lot in the press, and so I anticipated so much more. It's an interesting read, but overall not as good as I had hoped.
I didn't know anything about the book aside from the basic premise and it was great to experience it without future knowledge. I did find the main character so annoying at times, but I think we were supposed to think she was overly uptight and set in her ways.
She is a bit breathy for me but I got used to it and it worked!
Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan. I guess we needed to get a sense of how consumed this woman was with Jonathan, but I was bored by some of the back story. Took the plot a while to unfold, and I was never really able to feel for the female lead until the end.
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