Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun

The Hole
by Hye-Young Pyun
translated by Sora Kim-Russell

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Published: 2018
Publisher: Arcade; Reprint edition
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Korea
Paperback: 208
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Oghi slowly opened his eyes.

In this tense, gripping novel by a star of Korean literature, Oghi has woken from a coma after causing a devastating car accident that took his wife's life and left him paralyzed and badly disfigured. His caretaker is his mother-in-law, a widow grieving the loss of her only child. Oghi is neglected and left alone in his bed. His world shrinks to the room he lies in and his memories of his troubled relationship with his wife, a sensitive, intelligent woman who found all of her life goals thwarted except for one: cultivating the garden in front of their house. But soon Oghi notices his mother-in-law in the abandoned garden, uprooting what his wife had worked so hard to plant and obsessively digging larger and larger holes. When asked, she answers only that she is finishing what her daughter started.

A bestseller in Korea, The Hole is a superbly crafted and deeply unnerving novel about the horrors of isolation and neglect in all of its banal and brutal forms. As Oghi desperately searches for a way to escape, he discovers the difficult truth about his wife and the toll their life together took on her.

My two-bits:

Although this did not feel too much like a mystery, I enjoyed this as one of those slow burn horror stories.

Come to think of it, maybe the mystery was what was to become of Oghi.


* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

1 comment:

  1. Slow burns sometimes can be more scary and stick with you more. All depends. :D


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