Seven Years of Darkness

Seven Years of Darkness

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A chilling yet moving story about the strength and depth of fatherly love, both biological and adopted, and the lengths that parents will go to protect - and avenge - their children.

Set in Korea, this is the story of Seo-Won, a young man attempting to understand what happened one fateful night seven years ago when his father opened the floodgates of a dam where he worked, causing an entire village to disappear. Seo-won's mother died in the flood and his father went to jail, so Seo-won is raised by Seung-hwan, an old co-worker of his father's. One day, Seung-hwan disappears and a manuscript arrives in the mail, detailing the events of that night.

Seo-Won's father, Hyeon-su, had an alcohol problem, and one evening he hit a girl while drunk driving. Panicked, he brought the girl's body to the dam and disposed of it. The girl's father, Yeonge-je, a prominent citizen with an abusive, violent streak, suspects Hyeon-su and threatens to kill Seo-Won for revenge. In a desperate attempt to save his son, Hyeon-su releases the water in the dam, destroying the village and killing hundreds of people. Everyone believed Yeong-je died in the flood, but it soon becomes clear that he survived and has been plotting revenge for the last seven years . . .
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 240 x 31mm | 662g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408712059
  • 9781408712054

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Rightly compared to Stephen King - Die Zeit (Germany) on Seven Years of Darkness

The queen of crime . . . You-jeong Jeong is shaking up the world of suspense with her particularly well-executed thrillers - Glamour on The Good Son

The surprises soon start springing in what turns out to be 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 on The Good Son

Jeong expertly inches up the tension in this crafty, creepy story of a psychopath's coming-of-age - Guardian on The Good Son

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

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

[You-jeong Jeong is] South Korea's Patricia Highsmith - Literary Hub

The gore is intense, but the psychological terror might never wash off - Vulture on The Good Son
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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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819 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 19% (159)
4 44% (360)
3 29% (235)
2 7% (54)
1 1% (11)
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