Seven Years of Darkness


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Penguin Books
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4.9 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

You-Jeong Jeong is the award-winning author of four novels, including the #1 international bestsellers The Good Son and Seven Years of Darkness, which was named one of the top ten crime novels of 2015 by the German newspaper Die Zeit. Her novels have been published in 19 countries. Chi-Young Kim is a translator of Korean literature into English. She was awarded the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize for her work on Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin.


Praise for Seven Years of Darkness

"Riveting . . . the atmospheric plot unfolds in unexpected directions . . . This twisty tale reinforces Jeong's place as the queen of South Korean thrillers." --Publishers Weekly

"A dark exploration of human connections, this beautifully written redemption story holds strong appeal for fans of Yrsa Sigurardóttir's haunting, atmospheric thrillers." --Booklist (starred)

"Eerie interludes . . . add a sense of dreamlike beauty. Each character's motivations are examined . . . the details of which are rendered even more potent by the author's frank descriptions. Missing and dead girls are a prolific staple of crime fiction, but Jeong's portrait of Seryong, a young girl unforgivably betrayed by the very people whose job it was to keep her safe, saves her from being just one of many. Readers will think they know what actually happened to Seryong long before Sowon does, but they should be prepared for a few final twists. A moody and multifaceted psychological thriller." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating . . . Jeong's complex narrative [builds to] a surprising conclusion. Amazing." --Die Zeit

"[Seven Years of Darkness has] an intricate plot with a final twist that is quite gratifying." --Korean Literature Now

Praise for You-Jeong Jeong and The Good Son

"At long last, South Korea's preeminent author of psychological thrillers has arrived Stateside. The Good Son . . . [is] a perfect introduction: an ingeniously twisted mother-son saga that keeps your heart pumping--and then breaks it." --Entertainment Weekly

"A chilling portrait of a psychopath, and a beautifully evocative tale of wealth and isolation in modern South Korean life. You-Jeong Jeong has been called the Stephen King of South Korea, although I'd prefer to compare her to Lionel Shriver, Dorothy B. Hughes, or Patricia Highsmith." --Molly Odintz, Lit Hub

"Absorbing . . . An unlikely thriller that we continue to read--thanks to Ms. Jeong's controlled prose...with a sickened sort of fascination. It's a testament to the author's skill and seriousness of purpose that she maintains suspense about her inhuman-seeming protagonist's fate until the bitter end." --The Wall Street Journal

"Want to read an under-the-radar psychological thriller? Feel smug about pocketing The Good Son."

"Hard to put down." --The Financial Times

"Jeong expertly inches up the tension in this crafty, creepy story." --The Guardian

"Jeong's thrillers are wildly popular in South Korea, and we'll soon learn why . . . The gore is intense, but the psychological terror might never wash off." --Vulture

"Riveting." --Bustle

"Satisfyingly chilling." --The Los Angeles Review of Books

"[A] must-read psychological thriller." --Lenny Letter

"Award-winning translator Chi-Young Kim ensures that Jeong is introduced to Anglophone readers with chilling precision . . . Lauded as South Korea's leading psychological crime-fiction writer, Jeong performs intricate plotting here in a tale that . . . enthrall[s]." --Booklist

"A precise, meticulously plotted thriller . . . The tension comes from Jeong's prose, which spares not a single word . . . [The Good Son] sucks you in with precision and holds your attention, leaving you with a satisfying resolution." --World Literature Today

"A slow-burn psychological thriller with plenty of twists and things to think about." --BookRiot

"[This] psychological thriller . . . will completely keep you interested all summer long." --Brit + Co

"[A] psychological murder mystery [that] subverts the usual clichés of its genre." --Electric Literature

"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." --A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window