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Seven Years of Darkness

You-jeong Jeong

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Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

A new novel by South Korea's bestselling psychological thriller writer and author of THE GOOD SON. This is the story of a man who plots revenge against the son of his daughter's murderer over a period of seven years.

'The queen of crime . . . You-Jeong Jeong is shaking up the world of suspense' Glamour

A young girl is found dead in Seryong Lake, a reservoir in a remote South Korean village. The police immediately begin their investigation.

At the same time, three men - Yongje, the girl's father, and two security guards at the nearby dam, each of whom has something to hide about the night of her death - find themselves in an elaborate game of cat and mouse as they race to uncover what happened to her, without revealing their own closely guarded secrets.

When a final showdown at the dam results in a mass tragedy, one of the guards is convicted of murder and sent to prison.

For seven years, his son, Sowon, lives in the shadow of his father's shocking and inexplicable crime. When Sowon receives a package that promises to reveal at last what really happened at Seryong Lake, he must confront a present danger he never knew existed.

Dark, disturbing, and full of twists and turns, SEVEN YEARS OF DARKNESS is the riveting new novel from the internationally celebrated author of THE GOOD SON.

'South Korea's preeminent author of psychological thrillers' Entertainment Weekly

'Rightly compared to Stephen King' Die Zeit (Germany)

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Praise for Seven Years of Darkness

  • The queen of crime . . . You-jeong Jeong is shaking up the world of suspense with her particularly well-executed thrillers - Glamour on The Good Son

  • The surprises soon start springing in what turns out to be an intense, creepy, darkly funny read . . . a book focusing on the claustrophobic dynamics of a mother-son relationship that makes Mrs Bates and her son Norman look well-adjusted - Daily Telegraph on The Good Son

  • Jeong expertly inches up the tension in this crafty, creepy story of a psychopath's coming-of-age - Guardian on The Good Son

  • A cool, crafty did-he-do-it thriller buoyed by a rising tide of madness. Provocative yet profound, humming with mood and menace, The Good Son will rivet readers of Jo Nesbo and Patricia Highsmith

  • Rightly compared to Stephen King - Die Zeit (Germany) on Seven Years of Darkness

  • Readers will be relieved that this is fiction, not real life. This book will pull you in; as you devour it, you might perhaps resent the author's relentless pursuit of the evil coiled within humans. But this, too, is human

  • [You-jeong Jeong is] South Korea's Patricia Highsmith - Literary Hub

  • The gore is intense, but the psychological terror might never wash off - Vulture on The Good Son

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You-jeong Jeong

You-jeong Jeong was born in Hampyeong, South Korea. She initially trained and worked as a nurse. She is now South Korea's leading writer of psychological crime and thriller fiction and is often compared to Stephen King and Raymond Chandler. You-jeong is the author of four novels including Seven Years of Darkness, which was named one of the top ten crime novels of 2015 by the German newspaper Die Zeit. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Thai and Vietnamese. The Good Son is the first of her books to be translated into English.

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