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Praise for The Silence of Bones:
ABA Indies Introduce Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2021 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee
A 2021 ALA Rise Selection
2020 Freeman Award Honorable Mention
"At once haunting and evocative, June Hur's The Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut. Prepare to delve deep into the lush and dangerous world of Korea in the 1800's for a page-turner you won't soon forget." ―Hafsah Faizal, New York Times-bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame
"An emotionally gripping journey. The Silence of Bones is a suspenseful, thrilling read, and readers will be swept away by Hur’s meticulous weaving of historical detail and the depth of her characters’ family ties." ―Elizabeth Lim, author of Spin the Dawn
"An intriguing tale that touches on class, honor, the value of one's beliefs, and the lengths one is willing to go for loyalty and family. Hur presents such a vivid portrayal of the Joseon Era that it's like stepping back in time. With its breathtaking prose and complex characters, this mystery novel is sure to keep you guessing until the very end!" ―Kat Cho, author of Wicked Fox
"With exquisite prose and an astonishing eye for detail, June Hur’s The Silence of Bones will keep you up all night reading." ―Nafiza Azad, author of The Candle and the Flame
"The detail of a historical plus the puzzle of a mystery. ... I recommend this historical whodunit for its jealous lovers, fugitive priests, and family secrets, but what I adored most was that at its heart, it’s a story about a girl struggling to find her place in the world." ―Traci Chee, author of The Reader and We Are Not Free
"This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." ―Buzzfeed
"A total knockout." ―Popsugar
"Gripping ... An exhilarating thriller, pitting the powerful against the power-hungry, endowing the powerless with affecting agency." ―Shelf Awareness
"In this striking debut, Hur has crafted an intriguing historical mystery set in a time period often overlooked in YA ... A compelling mystery for lovers of Victorian murder cases who are ready for an alternative to the London setting." ―Booklist
"This book is beautifully written, and moves at a brisk pace. ... Engaging and dynamic. Hur’s first novel does an excellent job of exploring a topic that isn’t found widely in YA literature." ―School Library Journal
"The Korean concept of han, as well as customs, language, and politics, are woven flawlessly into the narrative ... Seol’s determined pursuit of literacy and freedom, as well as the bittersweet ending, make for a memorable and worthwhile read." ―Publishers Weekly
"An excellent historical mystery that asks big questions about family, religion, morality, and what it means to belong." ―Book Riot
"Read this book if you enjoy: supporting debut authors, Korean history, the 1800s, atmospheric reads, K-drama dramatics, books in which you start suspecting everyone." ―Goodreads
"I was struck by the depth of this gripping story. ... The meditative quality of the narration of this historical mystery felt perfectly suited to the Korean setting and the backdrop of political and religious struggles. Seol’s courage, curiosity, and dedication make her a character I can’t get enough of." ―Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company
"The Silence of Bones is a historic and richly atmospheric mystery that is utterly unique and difficult to put down! ... Mesmerizing." ―Sarah True, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
"A well-written depiction of a part of history that we rarely see, led by a smart heroine who defies everyone's expectations of her." ―Jackie Jou, Mysterious Galaxy Books
"Had me gripped from the first page!" ―Robyn Broderick, The Reading Bug
"I came out with tears in my eyes and a weight lifted off my soul. ... The Silence of Bones not only brings something fresh to YA mysteries, but also transcends most adult mystery novels I’ve read ... Stunningly visual." ―Sun and Chai
About the Author
- ASIN : B07YJH8WWF
- Publisher : Feiwel & Friends (April 21, 2020)
- Publication date : April 21, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5736 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250229553
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #146,159 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And as a side note, although I do love a good romance, it was refreshing that the young heroine worked through her conflicts and struggled with finding her place in life without the need to pair off with a love interest. One hopes that Seol’s life contains love and happiness going into the future, yet her hard-won maturation and belief in herself do not require her finding a romantic interest. Lovely!
Unfortunately, I possess neither the skill nor talent to do so. I'd rather have the author's prose speak for itself, if you'll excuse me for saying.
But yes, this book was beautiful, and riveting, and atmospheric, and so well-written it scared me. Are debuting authors really supposed to write like this? Why do these people have to set the bar so high?
Anyway, let's move beyond the fantastic prose. The characters were amazing. I had no expectations for Seol, none whatsoever, because um hello YA genre. But Seol was such a great refreshing change of voice! She actually acts her age, wow? And her bright curiosity made for one of the best types of heroines! I wish she had more of an arc, personally, but I can't really complain. Besides, I think the author meant to draw more attention to Inspector Han's arc, which was done... so well... I can't even. (If that's not what she meant to do then... welp, I can be an overthinker at times)
The myyysteryy! So well done! I loved it! There are a number of suspicious characters encountered throughout the story, and soooo many instances of madly wondering who the real culprit could be-- especially if you're like me and automatically suspect each and every character who appears-- and yeah, I was pretty invested. It was a bit spooky at times, kind of bloody, but never too graphic. I appreciate that.
The themes for me were kind of muddled behind all the imagery and the plot, and I'm confused about the message/s conveyed through the overall story, but there were definitely things to take away. I especially liked how the author portrayed Christianity in this historical fiction. Seol's attitude toward Catholics, though it goes through several changes of its own, felt so real! Parts of it were still sobering and saddening though-- I (shamefully) have never known about that particular period of anti-Christian persecution until I read this book. I love that the author portrayed both sides of the conflict, with Seol being caught in the middle, and I would've liked to see that further expounded on-- but that's just me.
So yes, 5/5 stars and I'm definitely getting a physical copy. Thanks so much, June Hur, for bringing historical Korea to life!
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The story is two-fold. One part is the murder mystery. The other part is Seol's search for her older brother. Seol serves in the police bureau working mainly with Inspector Han who she admires greatly. The main mystery delves through multiple twists and turns and I did not guess who the killer was. Looking back, the clues were there, but June Hur weaved the pattern so well that it was a surprise to me when Seol figured it out. Hur also wove Seol's search for her missing family into the main storyline and it was heartbreaking and devastating to be with Seol when she realizes that she can't go home again.
I hope to see more mysteries from this author. She tells an engaging and thought-provoking story.
And mainly, I was intrigued by a story set in a time and place in history I'm not familiar with. I am conflicted about the way some of the historical events resolve around the edges of the story, but it's not a big issue.
Overall, I would recommend it!
Top reviews from other countries
"The Silence of Bones" is my favourite book of the year and will probably stay on top of the list for the following months. As a characterization-driven murder mystery rather than a plot driven one, it was incredibly unique in its perspective and development. Furthermore, June Hur manages to grasp a person, a story, the atmosphere of a scene within a few sentences and immerse the reader in the book. Seol, the protagonist, is an indentured servant for the police and involved in the investigation of a murdered noble woman whose nose has been cut off. At the same time, she searches for her older brother's grave, whom she has next to no memory off, due to a promise she made her older sister.
Political intrigues, a great cast of characters, great pacing, this book has everything you need and I wish I could read it for the first time again. However, it is so dense and full with details that I will probably take away from it even more when I read it a second time.
Please give this book a chance, this story truly deserves your time and attention!
This book beautifully took me to a place and era I had never been before and drew me in with a compelling mystery and emotional story. A refreshing YA novel that felt new and exciting while simultaneously being familiar, comforting and classic.