You Should Have Known

Korelitz, Jean Hanff

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
You Should Have Known
"A new novel by the author of Admission (a motion picture starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd) ... this time about marriage" --Provided by the publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455599493
Characteristics: 439 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 03, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Married to a sociopath? If it sounds familiar, it's probably because you're reading an attempt to turn "Gone Girl" into a sensitive, character-driven literary novel. Korelitz isn't very successful, and the novel is largely tedious and comprised of ascending levels of realization, remorse, and rehabilitation.

Oct 09, 2014
  • sass35 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great read from beginning to end.I could not even imagine that what happen would of happened.The only thing i found somewhat unbelievable is that she did not what to found out more information about what happen it was a little strange but even her reaction was interesting.Loved this book.

Oct 07, 2014
  • gusmcrae rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I wasn't expecting this book to be as good as it ended up being. This is definitely more of a cerebral thriller. There are no thrilling chase scenes or nail-biting moments, but the story still pulled me in, and the deeper I got into it, the harder it was to put down. Korelitz does a great job of exploring how one person's world can be completely turned upside down when the truth suddenly rears its ugly head. I felt so frustrated for Grace because she was so clueless at times, but I imagine when everyone thinks you ought to know the truth already than that's how it goes. Watching her find her two feet again after discovering that the life she had lead for nearly 20 years was a lie, was refreshing. All-in-all, "You Should Have Known" is a solid 4 stars for me. My only complaint was that the book was a bit wordy at times, and I do prefer books with either shorter chapters or more breaks throughout a chapter. Although this read was one that I didn't want to put down the farther I got into, so I didn't mind not having those breaks as

Sep 28, 2014
  • bayougal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with reader samdog; I truly did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. It did have a somewhat slow start, but once events unfolded and secrets started coming out, it was a horrifying psychological thriller. Much more impressed than I thought I would be.

Jun 08, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Actually, I'm really surprised that I rated this book 'very good.' It had a very slow start where our main character, Grace, finds out her husband is not the man she thought he was. Having written a potential best seller, entitled, "You should have known," she advises her patients to listen to the signs that signal a bad choice right at the outset. What a good twist (bit of a spoiler here) that she is a victim who should have heeded her own advice. Really well done.

Jun 01, 2014
  • spatterson42 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Good plot idea, but poorly executed. This could have been an intense thriller, but instead, it was really sloooooow. Most of the book was description, but there was very little action. The main character spent most of the novel saying "What is going on?" without the reader getting hints about the answer. Really more boring than it should have been.

May 24, 2014
  • paraphan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book had a good premise but the writer got lost somewhere. She needed to concentrate on one or other major aspects; was it about her new book or her marriage and the drama within. It started very slowly, the beginning of the 'real' story emerged and then….. The end was improbable, reminded me in some ways of "Sleeping with the Enemy" (Julia Roberts film) without being as well set up. Very disappointing.

May 03, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While this book’s premise sounded intriguing and very promising, it was ultimately a let down. The first half of the book was excruciatingly slow at times and the ending was way too neat and just did not ring true to me.

Apr 24, 2014
  • multcolib_karene rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good suspenseful psychological thriller set in the interesting milieu of upper class, private-school-attending Manhattanites. There's an interesting juxtaposition of psychological theories that are presented: on one hand, there's the Robert Frost theory of decision-making and life (I took the path less traveled and that has made all the difference) versus the idea that no matter what decisions we make, we'll always end up pretty much at the same point because of who we are.


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Apr 10, 2014
  • MARIA E WHELAN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You Should Have Known was a thrilling read, filled with intrigue, shock, and horror. I thought the premise sounded very interested, and I was pleasantly surprised with the strength of the novel. Although I didn't connect on a deep level with the protagonist, her story and her post-traumatic life were engaging and seemed very realistic. Truly and enjoyable read.


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