Monday, December 15, 2014

You Should Have Known

You Should Have KnownYou Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am writing this under the influence of cold/allergy medication so I might be a bit fuzzy.

Who hasn't said, "You should have known..." to someone (or even silently yourself) at some point? Hindsight is quite a thing, but when it's something as explosive as learning your husband might be a killer who has lied about his past and present more than he has been truthful, it's gut-busting - and not in a good way.

Grace Sachs is a therapist who has written a book called "You Should Have Known" and is about to begin what appears to be a whirlwind of a book tour. It all comes to a screeching halt when her husband vanishes, leaving her to wonder what she knows that is true and what isn't. I don't think I'm being too spoilery by what I've written. You have to see how Grace comes to terms with all that she thought she knew and how she picks up the pieces and puts together a whole new puzzle.

This book never seemed unreasonable. If I had one complaint, it's that there are a lot of descriptive details that I skimmed over because they didn't seem important. I don't feel like I missed anything by doing that.

I loved getting closure at the end of the book. I even felt a little hopeful for Grace - like she might now be in a place where she knows the truth and can live a peaceful life (without that jerk of a husband).

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