Novel of the week: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
(Grand Central, $26)
From page one of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s “highly effective” new domestic thriller, heroine Grace Reinhart Sachs is clearly “riding for a fall,” said Daneet Steffens in The Boston Globe. A Manhattan therapist who’s happily married to an esteemed oncologist, she’s promoting a book of her own that scolds other women for marrying men they should have known were irredeemably flawed. Then a murder occurs, and Grace can’t reach her husband when police inexplicably seek to question her. We’re hooked: “As a claustrophobic noose of unwelcome revelation tightens around Grace, it tightens just as effectively around us.” Korelitz proves to be a sharp observer of privileged urban life, and as “the wrenching tension dissipates in the novel’s second half,” a “quieter drama” emerges, said Wendy Smith in the Los Angeles Times. “Refreshingly, Korelitz doesn’t beat up Grace for her mistakes,” but Grace can’t escape having to accept a share of the responsibility for having built a life on lies.