BOOK THOUGHTS: The Plotters by Un-su Kim

I was a little nervous going into this book, as I’d heard a few others say they didn’t connect with it, but in the end, I actually read the whole thing in basically one sitting (or at least a series of plane flights and waiting rooms!) and just thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Plotters by Un-su Kim – BLURB:

The important thing is not who pulls the trigger but who’s behind the person who pulls the trigger—the plotters, the masterminds working in the shadows. Raised by Old Raccoon in The Library of Dogs, Reseng has always been surrounded by plots to kill—and by books that no one ever reads. In Seoul’s corrupt underworld, he was destined to be an assassin.

Until he breaks the rules. That’s when he meets a trio of young women—a convenience store worker, her wheelchair-bound sister, and a cross-eyed obsessive knitter—with an extraordinary plot of their own.

Will the women save the day? Or will Reseng be next on the kill list? Who will look after his cats, Reading Lamp and Book Stand? Who planted the bomb in his toilet? How much beer can he drink before he forgets it all?

The Plotters is a cracking noir thriller combined with the soul, wit and lyricism of a highly original literary voice.

(BLURB taken from Goodreads)

BOOK REVIEW: The Plotters


At first, I thought it was going to be a very serious, gritty and violent world, but I soon figured out that there is a touch of John Wick style fantasy to this book about a young man assassin living in the grimy world of contract killers in Korea’s underbelly. So basically, I felt like this book is a cross between those very popular and ultra-violent Korean revenge thriller films and the fun fantasy of John Wick’s secret assassin underworld societies. And to be honest, despite the grime and grit of this novel, the word I would use to best describe it would be ‘fun’. (I’m not sure what that says about me, haha!)

Also, despite what you might expect, it is a bit of a slow-burn novel; beginning with pieces of flashback mixed with conversations and everyday life, followed by a burst of exciting action and plot twists toward the end.

I ended up really liking and rooting for the main character, and got really invested when the trio of women turned up toward the end. I was also unsure how the fight scenes would fare in written form but I found them very exciting.

All in all, a really fun dark book about the shadowy world of contract killers in Korea.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. 


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