The Only Child

DUE IN FEBRUARY: Mi-ae Seo’s The Only Child skillfully connects the worlds of Silence of the Lambs and Sharp Objects. When asked personally to interview serial killer Yi Byeongdo, protagonist Seonkyeong is left wondering why he will only speak to her. Her world is further tilted as her husband’s young daughter comes to live with her after losing her mother and grandparents. Seo carefully reveals both storylines, bringing them together with well-placed suspense and classic elements of a psychological thriller. By including some characters’ cruel childhoods, the fear that Seo instills in readers is a play on nature vs. nurture: Are killers born that way, or could they be saved from a dark fate? Recommended by Nikita

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062905048
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Ecco - February 11th, 2020

An eerie and absorbing novel following a criminal psychologist who has discovered shocking and possibly dangerous connections between a serial killer and her stepdaughter