Broken Summer by @joeyverse

A death, a lie, a secret. For twenty-six summers he didn’t have the courage to face the past.

Lee Hanjo is an artist at the peak of his fame, envied and celebrated. Then, on his forty-third birthday, he awakens to find that his devoted wife has disappeared, leaving behind a soon-to-be-published novel she’d secretly written about the sordid past and questionable morality of an artist with a trajectory similar to Hanjo’s. It’s clear to him that his life is about to shatter and the demons from his past will come out. But why did his wife do it? Why now?

The book forces Hanjo to reflect on a summer from his youth when a deadly lie irreversibly and tragically determined the fates of two families.

From master storyteller J. M. Lee, one of Korea’s most renowned authors, comes an unforgettable novel of hidden truths, denials, and their inevitable repercussions. Everyone still left standing from that terrible summer so long ago must finally reckon with the deceptions that started it all and, twist after shocking twist, reap both the suffering and the vindication that comes with revenge.

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The people of the city knew him well.

HANJO

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(Amazon Crossing, I September 2022, ebook, 251 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle, #AmazonFirstReads)

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This is a new author for me. Broken Summer appealed to me the most from this month’s titles. I thought this was a terrific book. I loved the way the events move between the past and present gradually revealing Hanjo’s dark secrets and what they have to do with his wife and her book. There are a lot of twists and turns and misdirection in the book and I was never sure the direction things would take. This is well worth a read.

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