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You Should Have Known | [Jean Hanff Korelitz]

You Should Have Known

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.
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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.

©2014 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-08-14
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Maybe I should have known better"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Kirschner New York, NY USA 05-16-14
    Ann Kirschner New York, NY USA 05-16-14 Member Since 2002

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    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue Orange County, CA 03-25-14
    RueRue Orange County, CA 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent !"
    What did you love best about You Should Have Known?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Should Have Known?

    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.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice conveyed, beautifully, the emotional impact that each disclosure of how little Grace knew about her husband.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt connected to all the emotions that Grace experienced throughout the story, especially the sense of dread as her orders life crumbled.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cordeiro 06-08-14
    Cordeiro 06-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A pleasant moment, but..."

    This book is not a mysterie and classifying it as such will disappoint some readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    colprubin Tel Aviv, Israel 06-04-14
    colprubin Tel Aviv, Israel 06-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic reading;literary soap opera"
    What did you like best about You Should Have Known? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Was You Should Have Known worth the listening time?

    Yes, thanks to the reading.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Hellertown, PA, United States 05-26-14
    Christine Hellertown, PA, United States 05-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Truly a "Page Turner""
    What did you love best about You Should Have Known?

    It was suspenseful and richly textured. I liked it even better than "Gone Girl".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the two NYPD detectives that she encounters. They were the contrast needed to highlight the privileged world that the main character lived in.


    What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was excellent at selecting different voices without going "over the top".


    If you could rename You Should Have Known, what would you call it?

    Fool Me Once.......


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmila Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States 04-26-14
    Carmila Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2008

    Music and book connosieur

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    "Quite a story"

    Captivating listen. I totally enjoyed it and definitely recommend it. All I can say is wow!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sarahjean Midwest USA 04-03-14
    sarahjean Midwest USA 04-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "wanted to love this book"
    Would you try another book from Jean Hanff Korelitz and/or Christina Delaine?

    perhaps one more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry. He was depicted as almost always calm and a mature young boy. He did have secrets- but not revealed until later part of book.


    What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s performance?

    consistent, very good with change-up to Henry and Grandpa.


    Did You Should Have Known inspire you to do anything?

    not reallly


    Any additional comments?

    waiting for something more to happen. plot line was predictable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Manchester, NH, United States 04-24-14
    Suzanne Manchester, NH, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story"

    This is a good though predictable story. The evolution of Grace and her growth keeps you involved in the story. Also Jonathan is never "seen" in the story but the story revolves around him and you are kept wondering if he will show up and ruin the new life Grace is building. There are a few brief spots where I wanted the story to move a little faster but it is a good listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-14-14
    Susan 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Slow to grab my interest, but I'm very glad I stayed with it. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put it down (so to speak). Good narrator. Characters very interesting and believable. Twists and turns that were surprising, then made sense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Should Have Known?

    When Grace met her husband's family.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

    Grace


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were so many. one was when Grace and Henry were talking about what had happened.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get through the dryness of the first half, you will be rewarded!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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