Synopsis: 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.
To me, there’s nothing harder than live up to the expectation. And The Good Son: A Novel (2018) does that.
I’ve read the book after watching Parasite – which I liked a lot! And the other experience that I had with anything produced in/by a South Korean was Snowpiercer (the movie, not the Netflix show) that I also loved. So, when I discovered that You-Jeong Jeong was from South Korea, my expectation skyrocketed. And fortunately, the book is even better than I anticipated.
The moral question at the end is what makes this book so good. After reading the last phrase, the reader begins to feel a bitter taste in the mouth. And it’s a sensation that stays with you. You are trying to decide if Yu-jin is a victim or a criminal. The same question applies to Yu-jin’s mom and aunt. Even after months of reflection, I don’t have an answer. And I believe that that’s the best part of The Good Son: A Novel, how it doesn’t end. It just stays on your mind. You keep pondering and changing sides. It’s excruciating but wonderful.
I liked this book a lot.
You-Jeong Jeong wrote the novel in a formidable way. It’s incredible how the story changes directions all the time. There are many plot twists throughout the book. And all of them add another layer to the characters. That’s what makes it hard to know who is the villain and who is the hero. In the end, they are both. In the end, they are only humans.
The Good Son is a book that explores flaws. That explores a sick society, how we try to hide what makes us look bad, and how problematic this is. The Good Son is a book about humanity, with humans characters and humans solutions. The Good Son: A Novel is one of the best things I read in a long time. And I hope that the expectation doesn’t spoil your experience.
*e ganhe 10% de desconto na primeira compra!