The Silence of Bones

The Silence of Bones

I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;
Ears, but I mustn't hear;
Eyes, but I mustn't see.


1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

June Hur's elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

Title:The Silence of Bones
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250229557
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  • June Hur

    THE SILENCE OF BONES is, in part, my love letter to Korean history. I was born in South Korea, but I was raised in Canada, and spent all of my teenage years obsessing over British history, Jane Austen...

  • Melanie

    (Thank you Chels, I love you!)Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Blog | Spotify | Twitch...

  • Amélie Zhao

    This book, you guys. My heart just filled with ten thousand rivers of emotions and tears. Set in Korea in the 1800s, TEN THOUSAND RIVERS follows the journey of Seol, a girl indentured to the police bu...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    "The dead are gone, yet we live in their shadows." representation: Korean (own voices)[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]★★★★.5THIS WAS SO GO...

  • Lady H

    I have been looking forward to June Hur's debut for years, long before I became somewhat jaded by YA literature, and so I was not really expecting my expectations to be met, but I am so pleased to say...

  • Elora   Cook

    I had the utmost pleasure of reading this a while back and adored every word. June's writing is breathtaking, her characters pull at your heart, and her mystery is both alluring and constantly leaves ...

  • ? TABI ?

    GUYS I AM LIVING FOR THESE CULTURALLY-CORRECT AND STUNNING COVERS OKAY . . . and now I feel weird because I truly SAW this cover, okay!! It was on Goodreads and it was beautiful . . . and now it's gon...

  • Joshee Kun (???)

    Thank you, Macmillan, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.There are usually only three causes of murder: lust, greed, or vengeance. Among these three, vengeance is the m...

  • Claire

    This brilliant YA Historical Fiction deserves to be on everyone's TBR. Meticulously researched, richly drawn and resonating with multi-faceted characters, The Silence of Bones is one of the best YA bo...

  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;Ears, but I mustn't hear;Eyes, but I mustn't see.Sixteen year-old Seol has been indentured to the police bureau for one generation. She'll be 41 when she's finally ...