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The only child
The only child
Sŏ, Mi-ae2020
Criminal psychologist Seonkyeong receives an unexpected call one day. Yi Byeongdo, a serial killer whose gruesome murders shook the world, wants to be interviewed. Seonkyeong agrees out of curiosity. That same day Hayeong, her husband's eleven-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, shows up at their door after her grandparents, with whom she lived after her mother passed away, die in a sudden fire. Seonkyeong wants her to feel at home, but is gradually unnerved as the young girl says very little and acts strangely. At work and at home, Seonkyeong starts to unravel the pasts of the two new arrivals in her life and begins to see startling similarities. Hayeong looks at her the same way Yi Byeongdo does when he recounts the abuse he experienced as a child; Hayeong's serene expression masks a temper that she can't control. Plus, the story she tells about her grandparents' death, and her mother's before that, deeply troubles Seonkyeong. So much so that Yi Byeongdo picks up on it and starts giving her advice.
Main title:
The only child / Mi-ae Seo ; translated by Yewon Jung.
Sŏ, Mi-ae, authorJung, Yewon, translator
London : Point Blank, 2020.©2020
292 pages ; 22 cm.
Originally published in Korean as "Chal chayo omma" in 2020."Before I was born, I knew I hated my mother..."--Cover.Translated from the Korean.
9781786078551 (paperback)
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Hampton LibraryFiction CrimeSOAvailable