If it weren’t for the theme of silence in The Silence of Bones by June Hur, I can almost guarantee that I wouldn’t be bothering with it. I don’t usually read murder mysteries, after all. But something about the rules of this world as it pertains to women and the opportunity for a commentary against it makes me curious. I don’t know whether I will like this novel, but I am interested. And I think, ultimately, there’s some real potential for this book to be brilliant.
I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak; Ears, but I mustn't hear; Eyes, but I mustn't see. 1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly. June Hur's elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.
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