I finished The Good Son last night; I lay it down on my bedside table, my brain completely numb as I didn’t even know where to begin with this review. This book is sadism at its best, there is darkness at work here, and the way it centres solely around a character makes it easy to pick up and down, but trust me, once you pick it up, you won’t want to put it down.
‘You wake up covered in blood, there’s a body downstairs, your mother’s body.
You didn’t do it. Did you? How could you, you’ve always been the good son.
When Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood, and finds the body of his mother downstairs, he decides to hide the evidence and pursue the killer himself.’
Yu-jin comes across as the perfect son. A champion swimmer, and just got a place in Law School, so how on earth he finds himself in this position is anyone’s guess, but the way You-Jeong twists the tale left me gobsmacked. The references to A Clockwork Orange and American Psycho is completely spot-on. I haven’t read anything as disturbing as this in a long time.
We follow Yu-Jin as he tries to decipher what has happened; who has killed his mum, why has a girl been found dead nearby, and what is his link to it all? I originally thought that this was going to be a game of cat and mouse, but there is something more sinister at force here.
You-Jeong meticulously peels back the story layer by layer, revealing the past and writing in such a way that you slip into the darkness of it all. This is a book about a mum desperate to control her son, but why? What happened in Yu-Jin’s past that is making her worried about him and his behaviour? All is divulged interestingly through diary entries and memories.
Yu-Jin finds himself sucked into a world of covering up, of hiding things, and digging an even bigger hole for himself. When what he really needs to do, is come to terms with the person he really is.
If you want to know more about The Good Son then get pre-ordering as it is out this Thursday. I am struggling to tell you more about it myself through fear of spoiling.
Thank you to Grace Vincent at Little Brown for my copy in return for an honest review.