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 enjoyed this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The reader was excellent. My only problem was how clueless the main character seemed throughout the first half of the book. She never seemed to ask herself why the police were questioning her, why strange things were happening, why she couldn't reach her husband. It's as though on some subconscious level she knew but didn't want to know, which is a hard premise to swallow when she is a therapist who wrote a book called "You Should Have Known." This made the book less than great in my mind, even though it was a fun read.
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.
When Grace met her husband's family.
There were so many. one was when Grace and Henry were talking about what had happened.
If you get through the dryness of the first half, you will be rewarded!
perhaps one more.
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.
consistent, very good with change-up to Henry and Grandpa.
waiting for something more to happen. plot line was predictable.
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.
It was suspenseful and richly textured. I liked it even better than "Gone Girl".
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.
She was excellent at selecting different voices without going "over the top".
Fool Me Once.......
LOVED this book.
I loved the premise for this story and the irony inherent in a marriage counselor whose husband ends up being a murderous adulterer. Also always fun to see a perfect character get dragged through the mud. Some sections of the book were slow, though. The plot was so good you just wanted to get back to it whenever the story deviated to background.
Overall, a fun story to listen to. There's a lot of reference to that Upper East Side lifestyle we've all seen a million times, so that part gets a little tedious as its very unoriginal but the plot is fun. There were times I wished it moved a little faster, but she did have me hooked enough to want to know what happens.
There was no mention of the couple's bank account and whether the husband dove into it as it is in most stories along this same line.
Yes, I would read another book by this author. I think she show great potential.
One thing that comes to mind is that some times when interjecting your own voice in the written word,, you may miss some of the sarcasm that you catch when you listen to the audio version.
Possibly, but it is a little too predicable to be a great movie.
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