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
A better narrator and a better story.
Anyone with more variation in their tone. She sounded more like a non-fiction voice than a fiction voice. It lent itself well to this boring story.
Maybe the main character because she was so clueless about being in a story.
Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the story to come together. I expected a spicy story about women and men missing the signals and the signals being a main part of the story. Instead, “you should have known” signals were sprinkled very sparingly throughout the story. Most of the story is full of unnecessary, mundane details that never led anywhere except to me eventually listening to this book at 2x speed! I never, ever do that. I just wanted to get to the end to see if this story came together, it didn’t. The story overall is a poorly executed mediocre book idea. I would have given it less than 2 stars, but while the story fell flatter than flat, it was still fairly well written (so 2 stars for technical skill). I'm honestly at a loss as to what all the hype is about.
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!
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.
The story doesn't sound that great but the character development is really good so I ended up wrapped up in them emotionally even though the story wasn't really propelling me forward.
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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