The Undoing: Previously Published as You Should Have Known - Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Undoing: Previously Published as You Should Have Known

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

  • Release Date: 2014-03-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 721 Ratings


Read the "rollickingly good literary thriller" and New York Times Bestseller -- and watch the most talked about TV series of 2020, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant.
  Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended.

Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them. 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 an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and 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 her child and herself.


  • Pacing

    By AKS83
    The pacing is too slow.
  • Really good

    By velvetnoise
    It’s a lot different from the HBO series. A lot more of the Grace’s journey - everything from her point of view. I’m only on episode 4 of the Undoing - but I heard it was an adaptation of You Should Have Known & I figured I’d read it. Very thick with prose & a lot of introspection. It’s more about Grace’s thought process & how she deals with being the person who believes their own perfection & being married to a sociopath & psychopath- either willingly knowing it or ignoring all the signs. It’s an interesting viewpoint from how the HBO is establishing the plot. It’s a good winter read, a lot of internal dialogue of Grace. I’d do a library borrow rather than purchase.
  • The undoing

    By ghiokmngv
    Soooo boring
  • Must Read

    By risapiker
    I could not put this book down. I am love a story with redemption, there was so much redemption for her. It was also a book that had suspense galore. And created self reflection much like the main character.
  • Very Drawn Out

    By ErinEli28
    If you are looking for action or a thriller this is not your book. I kept waiting for something to happen which never did. I also found the ending abrupt and unsatisfying.
  • You should have known

    By Samq718
    It’s like your Mother’s neighbor telling you a story that’s interesting, and you wait and wait for the climax but it never comes.... I didn’t hate it,but I barely liked it.
  • I liked it.

    By emarlownp
    I loved the author's tone. Very real woman trying to make in America today and with a psychopath for a husband to boot. Highly entertaining with a relatable sympathetic leading lady.
  • You Should Have Known

    By Primadonna2
    The I had to read it twice because I really liked this book. The realization that Jonathan was a psychopath was a shock to Grace and to me, also. My sister married one and he killed her and left four little orphans. She had finally decided to leave him, and he was going to be left alone, no job, and little support. My sister never told us what she was going through. Physical and emotional abuse. Fifty years later, aftershock remains for her children and the rest of the family. In the meantime, he served the bare minimum and remarried again and had children. What a life of ruin people that are psychopaths leave behind. The author has written an outstanding novel that if it helps even one person from going into a relationship that's a blueprint for anguish and sorrow, then Ms. Korelitz has done her job. I am ready to read some more of her books.
  • At Last!

    By ktzel
    It's been months since I've read a really good book ! I've had 2-3 star books since winter. The writing here was so descriptive and flowing. The plot was intriguing enough to make you stay awake " for just one more chapter", but it wasn't outlandishly implausible as some in this genre can be. The characters were well defined and likable. Plot twists were clever enough to make you say " That makes sense!" rather than " What the.....?" A well told story, one I had been waiting for a long time to enjoy.
  • You Should Have Known

    By GrmaChris
    Exceptionally written; full of unexpected twists and turns. A real page turner..