“What is the statute of limitations on betrayal? How long can a secret be buried before it turns into an earthquake? And will revealing the truth—that slippery concept—provide resolution or peace? Skillfully rendered into English by translator An, the novel contemplates these issues in a murder mystery notable for its nuanced storytelling… A subtle psychological thriller.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Lee excels at psychological realism, and Hanjo’s quest to learn the truth feels naturally driven by deep, painful emotions…This exquisite portrait of minds torn apart by mourning will appeal not just to mystery readers.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“This is an engrossing and beautifully written mystery, with complex characters that Lee delicately strips bare.” – Library Journal, Starred Review
J.M. Lee is one of Korea’s most renowned authors and a master storyteller. Since his literary debut over two decades ago, he has written eleven novels, many of them becoming bestsellers. His latest, BROKEN SUMMER, was an instant bestseller in Korea and will be published for the first time in English on September 1, 2022 by Amazon Crossing.
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.
Each of these wonderful bloggers will share spotlights, post reviews and offer giveaways throughout the month September. Follow along to learn more about the book and perhaps to win a free copy!
Thursday, September 1 – Bone Chilling Books
Friday, September 2 – The Real Momma Leighellen
Saturday, September 3 – Always with a Book
Monday, September 5 – Booxoul
Wednesday, September 7 – Andi Reads 2022
Thursday, September 8 – The Caffeinated Reader
Friday, September 9 – Danish Mustard Reads
Saturday, September 10 – Oh The Books She Will Read
Tuesday, September 13 – Nurse Bookie
Wednesday, September 14 – Where The Reader Grows
Thursday, September 15 – Momfluenster
Friday, September 16 – Katie Needs a Bigger Bookshelf
Tuesday, September 20 – Reading with Nicole
Wednesday, September 21 – Tina May Reads
Thursday, September 22 – Books N Yoga Pants
Friday, September 23 – Suzy Approved Book Reviews
Saturday, September 24 – We Love Big Books and We Cannot Lie
Monday, September 26 – Bathtub Book Worm
Thursday, September 29 – Bookoholic Cafe