The Silence of Bones

The Silence of Bones

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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In Joseon Dynasty-era Korea, sixteen-year-old Seol, an indentured servant within the police bureau, becomes entangled in a politically-charged investigation into the murder of a noblewoman.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250229557
Branch Call Number: HUR
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 22 cm


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CaitlinG_OshLib Aug 28, 2020

A searing mystery that takes readers down winding roads. Heavily atmospheric and emotional.

May 31, 2020

Is it just me or are debut authors setting the bar extremely high? I delved into this book expecting a quick YA mystery. Instead I got a book that is far challenging than I expected. And this is a good thing. I knew nothing about Korea in the early 1800’s. I had anticipated that life for females would have been very demeaning, and yet the girl in this story managed to exert her intelligence and her voice to provide vital assistance in a murder investigation. It is a deeply moving story, and the only quibble I have is the author’s afterword about real historical figures in this book should have been a preface. I suggest that if you read this book read the afterword first.

Apr 14, 2020

In 19th century Joseon (Korea), a 16-year-old girl is indentured to the police in the capital. Her job is to interact with female victims in the stead of the male police force. She also performs menial tasks and even lives at police headquarters. I found Seol's work to be fascinating. Even though she cannot read or write, her mind is sharp and she has questions about the crimes that she is helping investigate. Inspector Han allows her more latitude than others on the department. She is drawn to him, but begins to wonder about his connection to a string of murders. Does the inspector have a reason to seek vengeance against Catholics? How can Seon keep her promise to find out what happened to the older brother who left her behind ten years ago? This atmospheric mystery will haunt you and transport you to Seol's world. A world where a girl who runs away is branded; where a cross pendant can be a death sentence. I will be watching for the next book from this debut author.

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