Real Simple Readers Review the Best Books of 2014
You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz
Reviewer: Katrine Poe; age 54; English professor; Woodstock, Illinois
Katrine’s assessment: Grace, a couples therapist and the author of a relationship-advice book, is a woman who failed to practice what she preached. The novel follows her as she realizes that her husband is psychopathic and that their life together was built upon lies. Due to some ham-handed foreshadowing, a careful reader can tell what’s about to transpire in this long, somewhat tedious book. It’s a shame that the interesting supporting characters don’t receive much attention, as I couldn’t warm up to Grace. Some readers will love the slow unspooling of the story, but I wished I could push a fast-forward button.
To buy: $26, amazon.com.