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Title:Shelter: A Novel
Authors:Jung Yun (Author)
Info:Picador (2016), 336 pages
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"This was so hard to read. Not because of Yun's prose (razor sharp) or pacing (thriller-style) but because the main character, Kyung, is such an angry, damaged, insecure (emotionally and financially) individual."
read more: http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.gr/2016/11/shelter-jung-yun.html ( )
  mongoosenamedt | Nov 23, 2016 |
A crime novel/thriller that examines the effects of a crime on the victims and their immediate family, as secrets come out and truths are told.

Kyung and Gillian have been living beyond their means for years. As they finally decide to take a big step to saving themselves and their son, his parents are the victims of a horrific crime. Having kept his parents a a safe distance for decades, Kyung struggles with having them near and treating him as poorly as ever. Meanwhile, Gillian does what she must to help their own situation. As Kyung gets to know her family for the first time, and Gillian learns more about his upbringing, hard truths come to light.

I am not a huge fan of crime novels or thrillers, as they are generally too violent for me. This crime (awful as it is) is not the focus of the story--the effects it has on everyone is. ( )
  Dreesie | Jul 12, 2016 |
Wow, this is one harrowing book. Kyung Cho and his wife, Gillian are living beyond their means and close to losing their house. Kyung's wealthy parents, Jin and Mae live only a few miles away in a very exclusive neighborhood. When they suffer a brutal home invasion, the dynamics of this family changes drastically and they are unable to live on their own. They move into Kyung's small house with his wife and four year old son. Kyung, although having all his material needs met as a child, grew up in a hostile environment and literally hates his parents. It's like watching a train wreck when reading what happens once they all live together under one roof. ( )
1 vote Dianekeenoy | May 10, 2016 |
Kyung Cho and his Irish-American wife Gillian, are struggling to make ends meet. They have been living beyond their means, for years and the debts are piling up.
Kyung's parents, Jin and Mae, live nearby and they are quite prosperous. Jin is a demanding father and husband and Kyung has always had a difficult relationship with him. When a horrific act of violence, (echoes of In Cold Blood) forces his parents, to move in with Kyung, the tensions begin to escalate and a flood of family secrets begin to surface and threaten to tear the family dynamic apart.
This is a dark, unrelenting, story about parenting, loss, suffering, abuse and the hope of redemption. The author pulls no punches here, so reader beware. It is not an easy read but I was impressed with the writing and the strong story-telling. ( )
2 vote msf59 | Apr 24, 2016 |
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No man may step in the same river twice, for it is not the same river, and he is not the same man. --HERACLITUS
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