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The Good Son (Paperback)

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Suspense fans rejoice! You-jeong Jeong is a master in the genre, translated into English for the first time here. Reading The Good Son, I had the thrilling, stomach-lurching sensation of realizing I had been led somewhere I wasn’t quite expecting, yet the unfolding truth at the heart of the book is chillingly convincing. From the opening scene, when Yu Min wakes inexplicably encrusted in blood from head to toe, this is a gripping, discomforting read.

— Ilana

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"Ingeniously twisted." --Entertainment Weekly, "Must List"

"The summer's must-read psychological thriller." --Lenny Letter

Finalist for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's "Summer Reads" Book Club

The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the #1 bestselling novelist known as "Korea's Stephen King"

Who can you trust if you can't trust yourself?

Early one morning, twenty-six-year-old Yu-jin wakes up to a strange metallic smell, and a phone call from his brother asking if everything's all right at home - he missed a call from their mother in the middle of the night. Yu-jin soon discovers her murdered body, lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of the stairs of their stylish Seoul duplex. He can't remember much about the night before; having suffered from seizures for most of his life, Yu-jin often has trouble with his memory. All he has is a faint impression of his mother calling his name. But was she calling for help? Or begging for her life?

Thus begins Yu-jin's frantic three-day search to uncover what happened that night, and to finally learn the truth about himself and his family. A shocking and addictive psychological thriller, The Good Son explores the mysteries of mind and memory, and the twisted relationship between a mother and son, with incredible urgency.

Named a Must-Read Book of the Summer by Elle, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, CrimeReads, Lit Hub, The Millions, Electric Literature, and Brit + Co

About the Author


South Korea's leading writer of psychological thrillers and crime fiction, You-Jeong Jeong is the award-winning author of four novels including Seven Years of Darkness, which was named one of the top ten crime novels of 2015 by Die Zeit (Germany). Her work has been translated into seven languages. A #1 bestseller in Korea, The Good Son is the first of her books to appear in English. Chi-Young Kim is the award-winning translator of the Man Asian Literary Prize-winning and bestselling novel Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim, and works of fiction by Sun-Mi Hwang, J.M. Lee, and Young-Ha Kim, among others. She lives in Los Angeles.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780143131953
ISBN-10: 0143131958
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English

 

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