The Undoing; Jean Hanff Korelitz
(initially published as You Should Have Known)
2014 - Grand Central Publishing
I tried timing this book to coincide with the 6-week HBO miniseries by the same title with Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland. I then realized I read this book back in 2014 (Goodreads Review Here) I wasn't disappointed with the miniseries which I enjoyed more than the book. Have you read or watched this one?
Grace (Kidman) is a relationship psychologist in New York City, married to Jonathan (Hugh Grant), a pediatric oncologist. They have a 13 year old son Henry who attends a private school in NYC. The couple is wealthy. Franklin (Donald Sutherland is Grace's father) and he is even wealthier and comes from old money.) The family seems to have an enviable life until things start to unravel for them.
Elena, is a beautiful artist, she's married and her son attends the same school as Henry (on scholarship.) She also has an infant daughter. One night she is brutally murdered and although there are a few suspects, Jonathan, however, is the primary focus.
What was Jonathan's connection to Elena? How does it all play out? Grace knows Elena, Jonathan knows Elena, everyone has secrets. The miniseries and the book were enjoyable - my opinion of the killer changed a few times.
There were a few differences between the book and the miniseries and fewer characters in the miniseries as well. Elena is called Malaga in the book and she is much sexier and alluring on screen vs the book. Grace's father is married for the second time in the book but, single in the miniseries. In the book, Grace is writing a book called: "You Should Have Known: Why Women Fail to Hear What Men in Their Lives Are Telling Them."
Miniseries Very Enjoyable - Book Rating - 3.5/5