Publication Date: March 15th, 2016
This review does not contain ‘spoilers’.
First off, I was not sure what to expect when I picked up Shelter, but I had read nothing but good things about this which gave me the push that was needed to finally pick it up. I would describe this debut as a dark, twisted, family drama, that deals with many heartbreaking topics. It all starts when Kyung and his wife Gillian meet with a realtor at their home to discuss putting their house on the market. While the realtor is walking through the home, taking pictures, and discussing their options, she looks out the window and sees a woman running toward the house naked, and in distress. When Kyung looks outside to see what is going on, he soon discovers that the woman running toward them is his own mother. From this point forward, without giving too much away, we find out the tragedy that takes place in his parents home that led his mother running for help. We learn the secrets of Kyung’s past that continue to haunt him, and get a look at the pain that runs through the family that is already broken.
If you pick this book up expecting a fast paced thriller with a lot of twists and turns, you might find yourself disappointed; however, I found it extremely hard to lose interest in what I was reading, and did not want it to end. While this book is very easy to read, the author forces you to slow down and take in every line so as not to miss any important details. Jung Yun is obviously very talented at being able to get the reader to feel the same emotions as the characters facing hardships in her book. She shows the reader that stories like these are real life, and not every ending is done with all problems being solved, and tied into a nice beautiful bow. Sometimes there is no resolve, pain and suffering are life long consequences cause by the actions of someone who is supposed to show none other than love and care. I can’t wait to see what books she comes out with next.
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.