60-Second Audiobook Review: The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Saturday, August 1, 2020


The Silence of Bones by June Hur

Young Adult Fiction // Categories: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Release Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Format: Audiobook • 12 hours 18 minutes
Rating: 4 stars

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"Do not stand out, do not be so curious, then you will have a long life, Seol."

The Silence of Bones follows a 16-year-old girl named Seol, who is indentured to the police bureau and assigned to work with one of their inspectors regarding the murder of a noblewoman. It takes place during the 1800s in Joseon (Korea), when many were persecuted for practicing and spreading Catholicism.

If you are able to choose between reading The Silence of Bones in a physical format or on audiobook, I would highly suggest going with the former. Although listening to this story did not detract from my enjoyment, it was hard to follow at times because of the large cast of characters involved. Every single person, however, is important to the story's development—as time went on, their secrets unraveled bit by bit and revealed underlying layers of the big mystery. Reading The Silence of Bones with my eyes would've better solidified each character in my mind. (Of course, that's no fault of the audiobook—it's 100% a "me" problem 😬)

You should read The Silence of Bones if you're looking for a story that contains:
  • An excellent atmospheric setting
  • A mystery that is heavily influenced by what's happening during that time in history
  • Characters who have detailed backstories, as well as lives that intertwine with each other

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