Book Review: THE SILENCE OF BONES by June Hur


This book is a very dark and haunting historical fiction mystery set in 1800 Korea. It is YA fiction, but is a story that I believe will really suit readers who like darker fare, and potentially don’t normally ready YA (and of course will suit YA fans as well!).

My verdict?

I FREAKING LOVED this book!!!!!!

Here is the blurb:

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 Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.


This atmospheric and bloody YA historical fiction mystery novel is I think, so far, one of my favourite reads of the year!

I really adored this one, it just fits with everything I want in a book, dark and gritty, and filled with incredible historical detail about my favourite period in history, Joseon Korea.

I love Korean history, I love detective novels, I love creepy bloody mysteries, and female investigators, so it has all the ingredients I want!
It is such a dark twisty little mystery, with lots of wonderful historical detail so I’m a big fan of this author now, and can’t wait to read her upcoming novels too!

It’s funny because when I really love a book, I slow right down in reading it. I always expect that I’ll want to go faster and gobble it up, but actually when I really love something I tend to linger.

Something I really loved about this book was the atmosphere, it really crept beneath my skin, and in terms of the character journeys, it ended differently to what I expected, which surprised me (I’m trying not to spoil anything here) which I just loved. I adore to be surprised.

The end felt very bitter and heavy, and I keep thinking about it, even a few days after finishing it. I keep thinking of how it made me feel, almost an ache in my chest.

I was also particularly excited to read this book, because weirdly enough the premise of this novel is similar to my own recently published book A SONG FOR LONELY WOLVES. They are quite different in terms of the actual case and plot, but it’s so much fun to read a book so suited to my taste!

What a haunting and deliciously dark tale. Cannot wait for the next book from this author, I’m excited already!

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