Number of page: 208
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
In this tense, gripping novel by a rising 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, award-winning author Hye-young Pyun’s 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.
LibraryThing Review Oghi has woken from a coma only to learn that he has been involved in an accident that has left him paralyzed and unable to speak and his wife dead. He is left in the care of his mother-in-law and is
A COMPELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL TALE A QUICK AND INTRIGUING BOOK WITH A TRULY SATISFYING ENDING Publishers WeeklyOn a spring day in England six teenagers venture to a neglected part of their school where there is a door to a small windowless cellar Behind the door the old stairs have rotted away A boy unfurls a rope ladder and five descend into The Hole The sixth closes the door locks it from the outside and walks calmly away The plan is simple They will spend three days locked in The Hole and emerge to become part of the greatest prank the school has ever seen But something goes terribly wrong No one is coming back to let them out ever Taut and eerie suspenseful and disturbing The Hole is a compelling novel of physical endurance psychological survival and unforgettable revelations made all the more stunning by its shocking end A frighteningly good plot Expertly borrows the horror and tension that made William Golding s Lord of the Flies such a success Metronews COMPULSIVELY SINISTER The Times London BB Ballantine Books 44655 in USA in CanadaVisit our Web site at www ballantinebooks comFrom the Trade Paperback edition
Black Hole: A Novel
There are no old drug addicts That s what everyone says at least So how did Chuck get to his forty third birthday and find himself still neck deep in this scene He knows he s the creepy old guy with the drugs or the guy who s too old to be at the party doing everyone else s drugs but if it ain t broke Well he manages to make it to work at the dwarf whale distributor every day He may hate that his dearly seedy San Francisco has become overrun with Starbucks startups and Lululemon moms but he makes do every month for the rent controlled apartment he shares with roommates he never sees It s not perfect but it s livable In the end though every addict has that one special vice that can tip them from relatively functional to completely unhinged For Chuck it s a new drug that doesn t even have a name yet it s just a smokable everlasting gobstopper of mellow high But when chunks of time begin to disappear and rearrange themselves he wonders if this really is just another life ruining drug or if it s something straight out of a Philip K Dick universe Word on the street is that this
Dialogues: A Novel of Suspense
In this electrifying debut Stephen Spignesi reinvents the psychological thriller with a chilling tale of mounting intensity Ingeniously crafted and crackling with suspense here is a puzzle within a puzzle at the center of which stands a hauntingly enigmatic young woman whose story will challenge everything you think you know Six people have been murdered in the animal shelter in which they worked One unlikely woman stands accused of the crimes Her name is Victoria Troy and she is the most improbable of cold blooded killers A lover of animals petite brainy and gifted with a sharp sense of humor she too worked in the shelter in an anguishingly difficult job What could possibly have provoked her to murder six of her own coworkers some of whom were her friends Who is Tory Troy It is up to Dr Baraku Bexley to find out An astute psychiatrist hired by the court to determine whether Tory is mentally competent to stand trial Bexley must explore her complicated background and her unusual convictions as he interviews her in the Connecticut psychiatric hospital in which she is confined and also talks to others who have known her What Bexley learns about this gifted young woman comes almost solely from these interviews but is that enough to explain the divide between the person Tory seems to be and the terrible crimes she s accused of committing Others find her difficult to fathom too her lawyer her nurse at the hospital her mother one of her former teachers but all seek the same objective to learn the truth no matter where it leads or what secrets it may reveal about Tory about the nature of evil about us all Fiercely engaging and morally provocative DIALOGUES is a rush of adrenaline that will keep you riveted from the first page to the last a novel that will leave readers deeply shaken and deeply moved From the Hardcover edition
The Midnight Road
BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Tom Piccirilli s The Last Kind Words From the moment he saw the girl in the snowstorm Flynn had less than an hour to live But he ll remember his last fifty minutes long after he s dead As an investigator for Suffolk County Child Protective Services Flynn has seen more than his share of misery but nothing could prepare him for the nightmare inside the Shepards million dollar Long Island home In less than an hour that nightmare will send him plunging into a frozen harbor and awaken him to a reality even more terrifying They ve nicknamed Flynn The Miracle Man because few have ever been resuscitated after being dead so long But a determined homicide detective and a beautiful inquisitive reporter have questions about what really happened at the Shepard house and why the people around Flynn are suddenly being murdered Flynn has questions of his own especially when one of the victims dies while handing him a note THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT Flynn has returned from the Midnight Road and someone wants to send him back