The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong

The Good Son

'The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the 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 ...


Details The Good Son

TitleThe Good Son
ISBN9780143131953
Author
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Mystery Thriller, Crime
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Reviews The Good Son

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    1970-01-01
    FOUR STARSI love to read crime fiction from other countries and THE GOOD SON is the bestselling thriller in South Korea for good reason. This story is told entirely from the killer's point of view and it's a slow burning, in-depth character analysis of a psychopathic killer. This is a WHYdunnit, not a WHOdunnit. There are not any shocking American-style twists involved, and you will easily see the ending reveal coming. I love the culture switch-u...
  • Andrew Smith
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books where I really don't want to give too much away. It's a claustrophobic, tense and surprising tale of a few days in the life of a twenty-six-year-old male student. Yu-jin, awakes one day, in his home, afraid that he’s had a seizure. He's clearly had these before and feels that this might account for his feelings of disorientation. What happened the night before? He can't recall. He's soon to discover the surprising tru...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    Not only do I love stories of psychopathic children but I absolutely adore Asian mysteries and crime fiction and was very excited to read The Good Son. The story begins with 26 year old Yu-Jin waking up to the metallic smell of blood. As he begins to get his bearings straight he realizes he's covered in blood and his sheets are soaked with it. He's confused. He is epileptic and the medication causes him to have black outs. He sets out to discover...
  • Whispering Stories
    1970-01-01
    Book Reviewed by Cara on www.whisperingstories.comYu-Jin has a doting mother and a brother who loves him. Other than a few health issues he believes he has led a relatively normal life, until one morning when he wakes up covered in blood and finds a dead body downstairs, his mother’s. Determined to find out who did this, how and why, Yu-Jin begins an investigation of his own which leads to some very unexpected results.The good son is a book tha...
  • Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    1970-01-01
    Who can you trust if you can't trust yourself?..You-jeong Jeong’s “The Good Son” is my first crime novel, novel by a Korean author, and translated Korean novel in couple of years. Wow, this book disappoint! Slow burning, but unputdownable & spellbinding thrilling page-turner, compulsively readable, addictive psychological crime mystery thriller, and a chilling portrait of a psychopath novel by South Korea’s preeminent author of psychologi...
  • Liz Barnsley
    1970-01-01
    The Good Son is a novel that rewards it’s readers – a slow burner of a tale, creepy as you like, based around one single character – Yu-jin – who wakes up one morning and finds himself covered in blood and his Mother dead downstairs…but did he kill her? Well that is the question….Yu-jin has his problems. Epileptic, frequently off his meds, suffering from fugue states, he explores his memory, his past and his present trying to discover...
  • Crime by the Book
    1970-01-01
    Find my full review here: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2018/4...Loved, LOVED this harrowing & gripping read. The author takes readers inside the mind of a psychopath with genuinely chilling style. There’s a decent amount of violence in this book, but the scariest part of all is how the author brings you inside the mind of the the story’s culprit. Strong exploration of family dynamics, too. Highly recommended!
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    1970-01-01
    This was a brilliant and unique read. Be warned, it was slow burning, in the first 20% of the book the setting haven't changed- Yu-jin finds his mother dead downstairs, and doesn't remember anything, keeps moving in the house. I started to think I may not like this book, but I was wrong. It doesn't take long after that for the story take sinister turns and morph into a shocking explanation of everything. I really liked the style of writing. The e...
  • Supreeth
    1970-01-01
    I've been watching a lot of Korean movies lately. Oldboy, Memories of Murder, Chaser, Train to Busan etc, and obviously I'd to see if there are any books of these genres translated into English. After a simple google search, I could only come up with two-three thriller books, with this one being recently released. I'm fascinated by the amount of transgression accepted in their major forms of art, like Japanese, unlike Indian. Talking about this b...
  • David Yoon
    1970-01-01
    Yu-jin wakes up, the evening before a muddled blur perhaps due to his refusal to take his anti-seizure medication, and he's covered in blood. It doesn't take long as he retraces the bloody path leading from his room to discover his mother dead, her throat slit with the very razor he now holds. We follow along as Yu-jin tries to piece together what happened. It seems hard to imagine any plausible scenario where Yu-jin isn't in fact the murderer so...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    While THE GOOD SON has the trappings of a right-this-moment thriller, this is a surprisingly slow burn. Thriller readers used to the spare prose and constant rewards of your typical US thrillers will have to adjust to getting their reveals over the course of several pages of long flashbacks without any of the typical cues or pacing. But this isn't a bad thing! You have to work a little bit in this book rather than getting spoon-fed.Readers also w...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    The Good Son is a thriller that takes the reader down a dark hole, deep in the human psyche. I did find some of the the analysis of every detail of the past 24-hours a bit repetitive, and parts of the plot were predictable. But I would still recommend this one for the original and intense storytelling that you will make you squirm, yet still keep you reading and reading.Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Books, and You-Jeong Jeong for the advance co...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    1970-01-01
    4.75⭐I can’t believe it. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ENDING. WTFThis was one seriously twisted read and I loved every fucked-up moment of it. 4.75⭐️I can’t believe it. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ENDING. WTFThis was one seriously twisted read and I loved every fucked-up moment of it.
  • Beth (bibliobeth)
    1970-01-01
    First of all, thank you so much to Grace Vincent and Little, Brown publishers for providing me with a digital copy of this astounding novel from "the Korean Stephen King," in exchange for an honest review. When Grace first emailed me and I read the comparison to King above, well of course I had to have it! As a die-hard Constant Reader (King fan) anything that is compared to my all-time favourite author, I have to check out. Now, I normally hate ...
  • Mandy White
    1970-01-01
    I had read so many glowing reviews of this book so I was looking forward to reading it. I really struggled to get into it, the story was great but I think the constant jumping around in time was just too much for me. Just not for me I am afraid.It is a gruesome story of Yi Jin who wakes to find himself covered in blood and his mother dead. He has no recollection of what has happened. Then he starts to hear of young women in his area being murdere...
  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    1970-01-01
    This was a brilliant and unique read. Be warned, it was slow burning, in the first 20% of the book the setting haven't changed- Yu-jin finds his mother dead downstairs, and doesn't remember anything, keeps moving in the house. I started to think I may not like this book, but I was wrong. It doesn't take long after that for the story take sinister turns and morph into a shocking explanation of everything. I really liked the style of writing. The e...
  • Lois
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed this. I felt that certain aspects of the plot bordered on stereotyping but this was skillfully and engagingly written.This is a South Korean thriller translated into English.
  • Paul Fulcher
    1970-01-01
    "I was the investigator interrogating the criminal. But the two were one and the same, the criminal had a slippery relationship with the truth, and his memory was spotty.""It would take something special to make Yu-jin’s pulse quicken. I’m afraid because I don’t know what that might be."정유정 (Jeong You-jeong) is described by her UK publisher as "South Korea’s leading writer of psychological crime and thriller fiction. She is often co...
  • Myrna
    1970-01-01
    In the The Good Son we see the actions, details, thoughts and emotions from inside the head of a psychopath. The development of the story is layered and creepy, yet the revelations build slowly and subtlety. I can see why it’s popular in Korea. I recommend this book for a slightly different take on the traditional psychological thriller.
  • Lena
    1970-01-01
    “I suddenly realized what I was attracted to. I was attracted to someone feeling fear.” Damn but I enjoyed this merry walk through psychopath lane. You have to appreciate a book that starts drenched in blood.With a slow befuddled beginning, I cranked the audio accompaniment to 2x and the story went faster, and faster, and faster! This is less a murder mystery than a blood-soaked weekend of personal discovery. What I loved! Heart pounding...
  • Janel
    1970-01-01
    This slow-burning novel has the most intriguing opening, and what follows is a compelling tale of self-exploration. Through the situation Yu-jin finds himself in, he takes the reader on a journey as he tries to piece together the events in his life that led to this moment, the moment he wakes covered in blood, and equally important, how to survive this moment. The Good Son is dubbed as a thriller, but the thrills aren’t found in the pacing, as ...
  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    1970-01-01
    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI recently spotted Ova's The Good Son review on her blog Excuse My Reading which encouraged me to get to reading my ARC of this book sooner rather than later. It's narrated in the first person by Yu-jin who is a brilliantly unreliable narrator. A chilling character, he fascinated me (much like watching a snake) and loved the uncertainty of never knowing whether what I was discovering was The t...
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    An absolute thriller. I could barely put it down. Practically every page revealed another layer, but also more questions too. If you like dark literature, unreliable narrators, and/or screwed up families then this is for you. Disturbing read.
  • Zainab
    1970-01-01
    It's as if I've read the personal diary of Norman Bates and it was not good.It says that the author's the 'Korea's Stephen King'. Why? Why?? Why??? I really need to know.So a guy wakes up and finds out his mother's dead and there's no evidence of anyone coming into the house which only leads to one thing- he killed his mama. But he doesn't remember anything like that happening. The books is not written well. I mean it could've been way way better...
  • E. H. Nathasia
    1970-01-01
    I just finished The Good Son!Here's my review:I've always liked the Eastern way of describing a psychological thriller. They delivers a calm vibe of interpreting a chilling and gripping situation and makes it almost seamless and tranquil. As if a murder is liken to an everyday chore where its almost automatic and emotionless. This is another book that does that, other than books written by Natsuo Kirino and Fuminori Nakamura, the two Japanese aut...
  • Julie Lacey
    1970-01-01
    This is an intriguing book which starts with Yu-jin waking up one morning to find himself covered in blood and his Mother dead downstairs. Yu-jin tries to remember what happened the night before but he is epileptic, and frequently doesn’t take his medication which causes memory loss and long periods of drowsiness. He can remember his mother calling his name last night, but doesn’t remember in what context this was. The Good Son is a story wit...
  • ns510
    1970-01-01
    2.5 stars.I wish I loved this more than I did. It is a rather chilling story, about a young man who wakes up covered in blood, and no recollection of anything else. I thought it would be right up my street, and maybe it would have been under normal reading circumstances. Sadly, had to stop and start this one multiple times and never really got into it. The last third was a lot more engaging, though this could also have been because I was paying m...
  • Thebooktrail
    1970-01-01
    Visit the locations in the novelDespite this being hailed as a thriller, I found this very very slow. It burns like one of the never ending candles but suddenly there’s a spark and light is shone on all what you’ve just read. The journey there however will be difficult for some as it’s one internal monologue after another as a man wakes up from a heavy night  (yawn) to find himself covered in blood and his mother lying at the bottom of the...
  • Calzean
    1970-01-01
    The first sentence in this book is "The smell of blood woke me". And blood is a big part of this quite compelling did-he-or-didn't-he-do-it novel.Yu-jin is a 26 year old student, he has taken medicine for years to help with what he has been told is epilepsy. He has taken himself off his meds and is not worried about a possible seizure. When he wakes to a blood filled house he has to piece together the last 24 hours.This book takes you inside the ...
  • Teguh Affandi
    1970-01-01
    Sejak tahun lalu buku ini wira-wiri di linimasa saya. Dan setelah membaca edisi bahasa Indonesia-nya, saya sadar mengapa novel ini best seller. Ceritanya memang dirajut rapi dan kejutan yang biasanya hadir di novel thriller, tidak diberikan ujug-ujug di akhir. Halus banget. Ketika sampai pada bab dua novel ini saya akui sangat "melelahkan" yang membuat saya meninggalkan sementara, karena tidak ada eksen yang kuat. Namun pas masuk bab tiga, tensi ...