You Should Have Known
A smart, addictive and psychologically acute novel about what we think we know, what we should have known, and what we choose to ignore
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The inspiration for THE UNDOING — a major new HBO TV series in 2020, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, from the producer of Big Little Lies.
‘A great psychological thriller … I couldn’t put it down.’ Daisy Goodwin
‘A plot that thrills all the way to the end. It kept me up far too late!’ Lucie Whitehouse
A New York Times bestseller
Grace Sachs, a happily married therapist with a young son, thinks she knows everything about women, men and marriage. She is about to publish a book called You Should Have Known, based on her pet theory: women don’t value their intuition about what men are really like, leading to serious trouble later on.
But how well does Grace know her own husband? She is about to find out, and in the place of what she thought she knew, there will be a violent death, a missing husband, and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for herself and her child.
A great psychological thriller ... I couldn't put it down.
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.
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.
'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.'
A powerful, addictive read and a hugely satisfying and accomplished novel that resonates long after the final page.
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!