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#139 in 2020

You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz

This book is the basis for the HBO series The Undoing starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant.

Here’s the deal: Grace, a therapist in New York, has her perfect life thrown into disarray after another parent at her son’s school is murdered and her husband is at the center of it.

What made me want to stay in and read: The characters are extremely realistic and Grace’s inner monologue is spot on. The skewering of stereotypical New York parents provides some comic relief. Watching Grace realize that her whole life is unraveling is incredibly unsettling.

What made me want to watch Bravo instead: I never really understood the motivation of Grace’s husband, but that was also sort of the point. This book was extremely well done. Couldn’t put it down.

Score: 9/10

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