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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

'You-Jeong Jeong is a certified international phenomenon . . . one among the best at writing psychological suspense' Los Angeles Times

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

  • Haunting, atmospheric - think a modern gothic version of the Lake District - and refreshingly free of the formulas that tend to drive western crime fiction - Sunday Times

  • Seven Years in Darkness is wonderfully atmospheric; the description of a night dive through an underwater village is a tour de force. The handling of the core themes of domestic violence, alcoholism and broken dreams, meanwhile, is both sensitive and hard-hitting - Guardian (Review)

  • You-Jeong Jeong is a certified international phenomenon . . . That Jeong has actually been at the top of her game for a long time is abundantly evident from Seven Years of Darkness . . . As in The Good Son, Jeong excels at getting inside the heads of her characters . . . The novel's power is enhanced by the translation of Chi-Young Kim, whose careful choices allow Jeong's prose to shine . . . Seven Years of Darkness is an admirable achievement, bolstering the case for Jeong as one among the best at writing psychological suspense - Los Angeles Times

  • Jeong is huge in South Korea and it's obvious why - the pacing is meticulous, the flashbacks non-intrusive and she also makes time for the characters' inner lives even as she drives them through the satisfyingly serpentine plot - Metro

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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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