You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Normally I’m not a big fan of suspense or mystery novels, so I decided to branch out and give the genre another chance. To my pleasant surprise, this title managed to go beyond the standard fare and offer a chilling yet subtle psychological thriller.
Grace Reinhart Sachs is a successful Manhattan therapist who considers herself pretty savvy when it comes to relationships. So much so that she’s written a book on how women should be able to detect upfront if their partner is loser material. On the cusp of the book’s release, Grace finds herself thrust into a parallel universe in which she has no control. When another mother at her son’s prestigious academy is found murdered, Grace must search inside herself and analyze her own marriage. Interestingly, the focus of the book is not about the crime itself but the inner turmoil felt by Grace and the decisions she makes to get through the crisis.
The novel started out a little slow for me as the author spends a lot of time crafting the background story of contemporary Manhattan society. While I appreciate that this information is vital to the storyline, I felt that it could have been pared down a bit. The good news is that after the first hundred pages it really begins to pick up steam, and, at that point, it’s hard to put down.
Fans of Korelitz will surely gobble this one up, and it will no doubt generate new interest in the author’s impressive back catalog.
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