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Product details

  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (25 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478978139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478978138
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 657,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Hanff Korelitz was raised in New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College and Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of the novels A JURY OF HER PEERS (1996), THE SABBATHDAY RIVER (1999), THE WHITE ROSE (2005) and ADMISSION (2009), as well as a children's novel, INTERFERENCE POWDER (2003) and a book of poems, THE PROPERTIES OF BREATH (1988),

She has contributed articles and essays to many magazines, including Vogue, Real Simple, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, More and Travel and Leisure (Family), and the anthologies Modern Love and Because I Said So. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, Princeton professor Paul Muldoon, and their children, and works full time as a writer and part time as a chauffeur (i.e. mom).

In 2006 and 2007 she worked for Princeton's Office of Admission as an outside reader.

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A great psychological thriller ... I couldn't put it down. (Daisy Goodwin)

Korelitz has managed to combine a nail-biting narrative with an astute exploration into why the people we lie to most are ourselves ... What a winning combination this is: highly recommended for Gone Girl fans who will have been disappointed by most of the other lame knock-offs currently on offer. (Evening Standard)

You Should Have Known occupies similar territory to Gone Girl or The Husband's Secret, domestic suspense novels built on the universal fear that we might not know those closest to us as well as we think. Though it begins as a sharp comedy of manners around the lives of New York's super rich, the tone quickly grows darker as the tension mounts. The result is a witty, often insightful examination of marriage with the pace of a psychological thriller. (Stephanie Merritt, Observer)

'This gripping psychological thriller had me in its thrall from page one ... A brilliant addition to the Oops-I-Married-a-Sociopath genre, started by Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.' (Metro)

A powerful, addictive read and a hugely satisfying and accomplished novel that resonates long after the final page. (Jill Dawson)

The most enjoyable kind of book: a beautifully written, insightful novel with fully realised characters and a plot that thrills all the way to the end. It kept me up far too late! (Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met)

Flat-out compelling psychological suspense that reminds us that smart women sometimes can make the most foolish choices ... excellent thriller, rich in plot twists, teasers, red herrings, and I-didn't-see-that-coming moments ... artfully combines wit and suspense into an irresistible domestic nightmare. (Washington Post)

The pages get turned thick and fast ... a very entertaining read. (Daily Mail)

Chick noir/marriage thrillers/domestic noir - whatever you want to call them - are

having a moment ... With You Should Have Known, Jean Hanff Korelitz has grasped the genre firmly with both hands, but at the same time made it uniquely her own ... significantly superior domestic noir.


It certainly kept me up at night. (Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph)

I just finished an absolutely terrific book, You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. It is a compulsively page-turning mystery set in the rarefied Upper East Side private school scene. Perfect for the beach! (Lauren Weisberger (author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA), Parade)

The thriller we're already obsessed with. (Entertainment Weekly)

A chilling novel about the power of denial in relationships. (You Magazine (Mail on Sunday), Spring's Essential Reading List)

A relationship therapist gets a nasty taste of her own medicine when she discovers some terrible things about the husband she thought she knew well. (Grazia)

An unputdownably deft vivisection of Manhattan's upper social strata. (, Spring's Ten Best Suspense Novels)

Extremely enjoyable ... a savvy psychological thriller. (Huffington Post)

A provocative thriller. (O (Oprah) Magazine)

A rollickingly good literary thriller. (Vanity Fair)

Gripping ... As a claustrophobic noose of unwelcome revelation tightens around Grace, it tightens just as effectively around us ... A cut above your average who-is-this-stranger-in-my-marriage-bed novel, You Should Have Known transforms itself at certain moments from a highly effective thriller into a nuanced novel of family, heritage, identity, and nurture. (Boston Globe)

The reader's mind is held on a knife-edge of suspense as we observe dream lives catastrophically upturned ... heart-rending. (Anita Sethi, Metro)

'A significantly superior addition to the [marriage thriller] genre.' (Lucy Scholes, Daily Beast)

Absorbing. (New York Daily News)

'A consuming, expertly plotted thriller.' (People magazine)

This excellent literary mystery [unfolds] with authentic detail in a rarified contemporary Manhattan. . . intriguing and beautiful. (Publishers Weekly)

Korelitz paces her narrative with skill ... there are enough hints of revelation to keep the dramatic tension high. (Natasha Cooper, TLS)

Korelitz writes deftly and drily about middle-class New York life ... a clever novel, predicated on the idea of storytelling itself. (Suzi Feay, Guardian)

For Gone Girl fans who've been disappointed by all the lame knock-offs that have followed, this one delivers ... An intelligent, gripping domestic thriller. (Evening Standard Summer Reading) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz is a smart, addictive and psychologically acute novel about what we think we know, what we should have known, and what we choose to ignore. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The overall impression I got about this book was that it was too long. The story seems to take an age to get going and nothing much happens until about half way through - the beginning of the book being mainly concerned with setting the scene and letting you know the sort of life that Grace lives. I really encourage you to keep going through all the descriptions of the very privileged life that Grace and her family live and the people with whom they associate - none of them are very nice and I didn't really like Grace much at this point. About half way through the book something monumental happens that completely changes Grace's life and the story of how she uncovers the truth and adjusts to her new reality is absorbing and worth waiting for - in fact, all the detail you have already read helps enormously in showing the changes that Grace has to make and how the truth had been hidden from her for all these years.

Grace is a therapist who has written a book, destined to be a bestseller, called "You Should Have Known". The book outlines her theory that most people whose relationships fail should have known that this was inevitable because the clues were there from the beginning. Of course it is inevitable that the author should then place Grace in a position where she discovers that her husband and marriage were not as she had thought them - should she have known ? The story that is revealed is not what I had anticipated when I started the book and as each truth is revealed you wonder to yourself if Grace really should have been expected to know that - the author never really addresses this issue which is a pity as I am not sure what I think that the answer is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Douglas TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Other reviews do say that this book is too long but now that I've finished it, I'd disagree. Without lots of bells and whistles it tells the story of Grace - a woman who thinks she has everything. She loves her doctor husband, has her lovely 12 year old who goes to a good school. They want for nothing. She is a marriage counsellor who comes across as quite arrogant at the start of this book. She feels that if your life doesn't turn out to be what you wanted, well the clues were there all along and you chose to ignore them. She even writes a book saying as much.
Naturally, it turns out that her life starts to fall apart and isn't how she thought it was. The book takes time to build the whole picture of a life that actually was pretty much a lie. It tells you how Grace comes to accept this and now focus on sorting out a life for her and her son. It's very subtle - no screaming, shouting or huge drama but that's exactly how it would play out.
I wouldn't say it's a book I couldn't put down, but it's been a book I have enjoyed and wanted to keep reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I picked this name on 7 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
I should have known not to read this when the front cover review was from 'Metro'.

If you would like a book of 500 pages of descriptions of things that have nothing to do with the plot, this book is for you!

Or if you like pictures of broken wine glasses you could cut off the front cover and frame it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
We all should have known many things, but we are human, and we have foibles and are not always in form. However, Grace Reinhart Sachs believes that there are hints and shadows about the men we marry, that should alert us to the fact that maybe this man is not for us. Looking back is something we all do. We have been taught to trust our 'gut instincts', and in many instances we do.

This is a book that begins with a premise that we should know, and by the second chapter the author proves that is not so. Grace is a psychotherapist, who counsels couples and individuals whose marriage is in trouble. She has written a book with her pearls of wisdom she has gained throughout her practice, and it has gained a great deal of interest from the publishers. She is on her way, professionally and personally. She is married to a pediatric oncologist and they have a son, Henry. The perfect couple, the perfect marriage, the happy family. Except it is all a lie, the bomb drops and dissipates. A horrible tragedy occurs to one of Henry's schoolmate's mother. Grace feels badly but it does not seem to affect Grace until she is questioned by two detectives. Coincidentally, her husband is at a medical conference and she cannot get in touch with him. Everything goes downhill from there.

As the book proceeds we follow Grace as her life unravels. The insight she professed to have, is gone. However, she recovers enough to take her son to a lakeside home in Conn. and hide. Her fabulous life in New York City is gone, the apartment that she inherited from her parents lies empty, the prestigious school her son attended has become a local high school, the wealthy and influential people she hobnobbed with are gone. Facing reality is her life, and she seems to be recovering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Grace, a couples counsellor, has written a book about choosing your life-partner. She considers that she herself has chosen well. Her husband, Jonathan, is a paediatric oncologist with an exemplary bedside manner. She knows just how much his young patients and their families mean to him. What a caring man. They have a 12-year old son, Henry, who is bright, sensible, studies the violin and presents no pre-teen problems. The couple are comfortably off rather than rich but Grace is not the kind of person to covet her neighbour's Birkin handbag. Everything in her garden is rosy. Grace is happy with her lot. Until one day, she receives an ominous text...

Although we know exactly where Jean Hanff Korelitz is leading us, she takes us there in the most skilful, carefully considered and tension-building way. Grace's delusions are gradually peeled away as each onion-skin thin layer of protection is meticulously removed by the author's scalpel. And what a very sharp instrument it is. But later on in the book, characters emerge who are just too good to be true (Grace's old friend Vita, her new friend Leo, her much maligned in-laws) and the whole thing gets a little too neatly tied up for my taste. Though probably not for Hollywood's. 4.5 stars.
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