The Good Son

The Good Son

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'For fans of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith' A. J. Finn, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

YOU WAKE UP COVERED IN BLOOD
THERE'S A BODY DOWNSTAIRS
YOUR MOTHER'S BODY

YOU DIDN'T DO IT. DID YOU?
HOW COULD YOU, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE GOOD SON

THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION FROM KOREA'S MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR YOU-JEONG JEONG.

When Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood, and finds the body of his mother downstairs, he decides to hide the evidence and pursue the killer himself.

Then young women start disappearing in his South Korean town. Who is he hunting? And why does the answer take him back to his brother and father who lost their lives many years ago.

The Good Son is inspired by a true story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 24mm | 260g
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0349142939
  • 9780349142937
  • 17,535

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An intense, creepy, darkly funny read . . . a book focusing on the claustrophobic dynamics of a mother-son relationship that makes Mrs Bates and her son Norman look well-adjusted Daily Telegraph
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Dark, harrowing, horribly claustrophobic but hard to put down . . . You-jeong Jeong's novel speaks for a facet of the human condition that is more prevalent than we like to think -- Financial Times [You-jeong Jeong is] South Korea's Patricia Highsmith, able to convey the internal and manipulative logic of even the most disturbed minds, while spritzing her tales with commentary on the isolation that comes with modern prosperity * Literary Hub * Absorbing . . . An unlikely thriller that we continue to read - thanks to Ms. Jeong's controlled prose . . . with a sickened sort of fascination. It's a testament to the author's skill and seriousness of purpose that she maintains suspense about her inhuman-seeming protagonist's fate until the bitter end * Wall Street Journal * The gore is intense, but the psychological terror might never wash off * Vulture * A slow-burn psychological thriller with plenty of twists and things to think about * BookRiot * Want to read an under-the-radar psychological thriller? Feel smug about pocketing The Good Son * Elle.com, '30 Best Books to Read This Summer' * Ingeniously twisted * Entertainment Weekly, 'Must List' * Jeong expertly inches up the tension in this crafty, creepy story of a psychopath's coming-of-age * Guardian * Gripping and often gruesome . . . a disturbing story of the events that unfold after Yu-jin, 26, wakes up to find his mother in a pool of blood (we did warn you) * Cosmopolitan * Readers will be relieved that this is fiction, not real life. This book will pull you in; as you devour it, you might perhaps resent the author's relentless pursuit of the evil coiled within humans. But this, too, is human * Kyoung sook Shin, New York Times bestselling author of PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOTHER * The queen of crime . . . You-jeong Jeong is shaking up the world of suspense with her particularly well-executed thrillers * Glamour * Rightly compared to Stephen King * Die Zeit (Germany) * A cool, crafty did-he-do-it thriller buoyed by a rising tide of madness. Provocative yet profound, humming with mood and menace, The Good Son will rivet readers of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith -- A. J. Finn, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window An intense, creepy, darkly funny read . . . a book focusing on the claustrophobic dynamics of a mother-son relationship that makes Mrs Bates and her son Norman look well-adjusted * Daily Telegraph *
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About You-jeong Jeong

You-jeong Jeong was born in Hampyeong, South Korea. She initially trained and worked as a nurse. She is now South Korea's leading writer of psychological crime and thriller fiction and is often compared to Stephen King and Raymond Chandler. You-jeong is the author of four novels including Seven Years of Darkness, which was named one of the top ten crime novels of 2015 by the German newspaper Die Zeit. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Thai and Vietnamese. The Good Son is the first of her books to be translated into English.
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5,458 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 20% (1,080)
4 40% (2,194)
3 30% (1,638)
2 8% (424)
1 2% (122)
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