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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fiction Friday - "You Should Have Known" Book Review

I feel like I've had issues reading lately. I just haven't been motivated too and after getting home from some crazy weeks at work - the last thing I wanted to do was read. But I finally put my nose in You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz and oh my goodness! I really enjoyed this novel!

General information
Paperback: 464 pages
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Grand Central Publisher
Series: No

What it's about
Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself, devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees  in her therapy practice. Grace is also the author of the forthcoming You Should Have Known, a book in which she castigates women for not valuing their intuition and calls upon them to pay attention to heir first impressions of men.

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 a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in high she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.

Why I loved it

Reading the back of this novel, I was intrigued. The summary is perfect in that it gives away just enough detail to peak your interest, but not enough to give away the book. Going into this we know 3 things - 1. some is going to die and it's going to be horrific, 2. the main characters husband is going to be missing and she's going to learn some things about him, and 3. the main character is going to have to reinvent her life (and her son's). I had no idea how or even if all of these pieces were connected.

Korelitz is a genius! She gives only enough detail to keep you interested and reading. And right when you think you've figured out what's going to happen, BAM there's a plot twist and we learn the truth. I really felt for the main character and found myself cheering for her throughout the entirety of the novel. I will say though, that it did take me a few chapters to really get into the book. The beginning is mostly background information - that is important to the story, but it didn't grab me until things really started happening.

Why you should read it
This definitely has mystery to it. However, it's not mystery like you would think of with James Patterson or David Baldacci. An amazing work of fiction, if you like puzzles and plot twists then I recommend this one to you.

My rating
3/5 - it took me a little bit to get into this one, but overall I enjoyed it!
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