The Silence of Bones

The Silence of Bones by June Hur. Behind text is a moody blue water color portrait of a girl look down, with dark hair framing her face.
June Hur
Dec 9, 2020

As a servant, silence and obedience is the only way Seol can safely and peacefully spend her days. Assigned to a young inspector, she pledges loyalty to him who seems to welcome her curiosity. However, her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect of the murder case.     

Personally, the most compelling aspect of this book is the first person inner dialogue or conflict the main character has. The descriptions and thoughts of the character are written realistically, with just enough detail to paint the story. The way she analyzes clues and how she manages to be involved despite being a servant shows just how clever and talented she is. Seol often finds herself going back and forth between different suspects, which can immerse the reader into the plot. I often found myself as unsure as the main character while deciphering all the clues, which made the truth even more interesting. Right as you think you know who the murderer is, other clues lead you to another suspect.     

Written by
Keiko C.

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