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The Good Son: A Novel por You-Jeong Jeong
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The Good Son: A Novel (original 2016; edición 2018)

por You-Jeong Jeong (Autor)

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""A cool, crafty did-he-do-it thriller...The Good Son will rivet readers of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith." --A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window. The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the #1 international 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"--… (más)
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Título:The Good Son: A Novel
Autores:You-Jeong Jeong (Autor)
Info:Penguin Books (2018), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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The Good Son: A Novel por Jeong You Jeong (2016)

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[Spoilers] Wow. Really did not like this one. I listened to it, and I ended up playing on 2x speed so I could finish it because I hate not knowing how a plot turns out and kept hoping it would get better. I did not like the audio narrator, but it was much more than that. The gruesome killing of women didn't help either. But most of all, there was nothing for me to hold onto in the story and make me care. The twists were predictable. The protagonist was unlikeable and not complex enough to be interesting. As for the end, it would have been better if he had drowned. ( )
  eas7788 | Nov 4, 2020 |
3.5 stars

When 25-year old Yu-jin wakes up one morning, his house is strangely silent. He is used to hearing his mother at certain times every day. Not only that, he thinks he had a seizure the night before and can’t remember how or when he got home. It’s not long before he discovers his mother’s body in a puddle of blood. What happened the night before...?

This was good. It was slow-moving as Yu-jin tried to figure out what had happened. It does make me, a little bit, not to want to walk by myself at night (though not possible for me to always avoid, as I don’t drive). ( )
  LibraryCin | Sep 20, 2020 |
I recently read Seven Years of Darkness by this Korean author (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/2020/08/review-of-seven-years-of-darkness-b... ) and was intrigued enough by it to decide I’d read The Good Son, the first of her novels to be translated into English.

Twenty-six-year-old Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood and finds his mother’s body downstairs. She was murdered by having her throat slit. Because Yu-jin hasn’t been taking his medication he suffers seizures and their attendant memory loss. Could he have killed his own mother? He remembers nothing from the last six hours and so desperately tries to fill in the gaps as he also tries to figure out what to do since everything points to him as the murderer.

As Yu-jin pieces together the events that might have led to his mother’s death, the story becomes even darker and more disturbing than the beginning with its gruesome discoveries. He discovers some shocking details about his mother, himself, and the past.

It is obvious early on that Yu-jin is an unreliable narrator. In the fourth paragraph, he admits, “honesty is neither my strong suit nor something I aspire to.” He also says things like “I had always had a gift for reshaping a scene to make it comprehensible, though Mother disparaged this skill, calling it ‘lying’” and “They say that a normal person lies on average eighteen times an hour. I probably come in a little higher than average, what with my difficulty with honesty. My extra output makes me very good at it, able to spin any kind of story in a believable way.” His propensity to lie is compounded by his faulty memory.

Much of the book focuses on Yu-jin’s relationship with his mother. He begins by stating that his mother “treated me like a seat cushion – something to be suffocated and smothered.” She stopped him from continuing in competitive swimming which he loved; he felt more comfortable in a pool than anywhere else because “It was the only place Mother couldn’t barge into; it was exclusively my world.” She nagged him, constantly interrogated him about his whereabouts, gave him a curfew of 9 p.m., and strictly controlled his allowance: “she might have thought: he can’t do anything if he doesn’t have money.” When his mother adopted Hae-jin, a friend of Yu-jin’s, she tended to favour the non-biological son.

Yu-jin finds his mother’s journal, and it becomes key to helping him unravel the truth. The journal entries lead to flashbacks to various time periods in the past. There is perhaps too much reliance on these diary passages, but they are a relief from the claustrophobic effect of being inside Yu-jin’s mind. The revelations are not really shocking because there are lots of clues which hint at the truth.

This is not a conventional whodunit, but it is compelling. For me, the interest lay in wanting to know if my deductions were correct. Readers should be warned that this book is not for the squeamish. There are some brutally violent scenes that can only be described as soaked in blood and gore.

Note: Please check out my reader's blog (https://schatjesshelves.blogspot.com/) and follow me on Twitter (@DCYakabuski). ( )
  Schatje | Aug 21, 2020 |
This book was a bit slow for me. It started out good but began to drag in the middle. The final conclusion was okay. This just wasn't the book for me. ( )
  debbiebellows | Jun 1, 2019 |
I think the author did a good, not great job of putting us into the mind of a psychopath. This was a surprisingly slow thriller and there's a moment when a switch was flipped and I felt the transition wasn't done very smoothly. Overall I enjoyed the interpersonal aspects and watching Yu-Jin uncover what had happened, but more importantly why but I thought the writing was a bit flat and it's hard to say if that was a reflection of the author or the translator. 3.5 stars ( )
  jesmlet | Apr 23, 2019 |
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""A cool, crafty did-he-do-it thriller...The Good Son will rivet readers of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith." --A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window. The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the #1 international 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"--

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