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.


This book was intriguing because it is set in 1800 Korea and the author gives great description of places, people and things.  The story begins with a murder and you are drawn into the twisted political world of 1800 Korea.  There are many different pieces but the author skillfully melds them together to form a cohesive story.  This was a fairly easy read as you want to know what is going to happen next.