The Friday 56 – The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
4.  Post it.
5.  Add the post URL, not your blog URL, to the Linky.
6. Tweet it #Friday56 (not an official Freda’s Voice rule)

I don’t know why, but the past couple months I have wanted to read nothing but horror. And, yes, I’ve been enjoying every bone chilling moment. The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong was on my July TBR, however, I decided to move it August for Women in Translation month. I just started Part II and so far I’m loving the creepy vibe I’m getting from it.

the good sonShe was faster. She blocked me with her arm and lunged at me. I was completely caught off guard. It was as if she were fighting off a rapist, she was so determined. I lost my balance, stepped back and fell; my head snapped backward and banged on the stairs. Everything darkened and shook. I felt clammy and I couldn’t breath. I managed to brace myself against the stairs and raise my head. Our eyes met.

The Good Son, pg. 56

Summary: 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 her murdered body, lying in a pool of blood at the bottom of the stairs of their stylish Seoul duplex. He can’t remember much about the night before. All he has is a faint impression of his mother calling his name. But was she calling for help? Or begging for her life?

Have you read it? If so, what did you think?


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