The Silence of Bones by June Hur
Release Date: April 21,2020
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 Seolis living outthe ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the policebureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with theinvestigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond offriendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the primesuspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happenedon the night of the murder.But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can bedeadly.June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfectfor fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.
I honestly didn’t know much about this book and nothing about Korean history going into this book. I did know that a lot of fellow bookish friends were highly anticipating the debut so when I was offered the change to participate in this blog tour, I jumped on it, and I am so glad I did!
First off, this book is gorgeously written, with lush descriptions of Joseon Korea that make you feel immediately submerged into the cultures and traditions of the setting, and a complex cast of characters. There are many layers to the culture and the characters that are unpacked throughout the book really well. It is a breath of fresh air to have a historical fiction set in another time besides WWII, as that market feels very over saturated.
I fell in love with Seol almost immediately as she battled her family being ripped apart, the oppressive culture she must live in and the voice she finally finds even as a damo, or indentured servant to the police. All the characters were well developed and stood out from one another, they each had an air of mystery that kept you engaged and wanting to know more about them.
However, what really stands out to me is that is a YA Mystery! Really? I dare say the breathtaking historical atmosphere, elegant writing, and melancholic murder mystery vibe surpasses adult thrillers I have recently read. The story is mature and skillfully crafted and I was disappointed when the ending arrived and I had to let Seol go. I would gladly welcome more Seol and Korea in my future….perhaps a sequel?
About the Author:
JUNE HUR (‘Hur’ as in ‘her’) was born in South Korea and raised in Canada, except for the time when she moved back to Korea and attended high school there. Most of her work is inspired by her journey through life as an individual, a dreamer, and a Christian, with all its confusions, doubts, absurdities and magnificence. She studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto, and currently works for the public library. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
Her debut novel THE SILENCE OF BONES (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, April 2020) is a murder mystery set in Joseon Dynasty Korea (early 1800s), and also a coming-of-age tale about a girl searching for home. It was recently selected by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top debuts of Winter/Spring 2020.
She is represented by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC.
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