The Good Son

The Good Son

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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 , Bustle , CrimeReads , Lit Hub , The Millions , Electric Literature , and Brit + Co
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780143131953
Branch Call Number: FIC Chong
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kim, Chi-Young - Translator
Language Note: Translated from the Korean.


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Oct 22, 2018

This was a odd start to a book. It took some time to get into it, however, I am very glad I stuck with it.

Aug 25, 2018

Was looking forward to reading this novel. About 1/2 way through, I put it down. I love psych books, but couldn't really get into this one.

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