Monday, August 27, 2007

'The Interpreter'

by Suki Kim

Fiction/Mystery, 2003
Picador USA, paperback, 293 p.
(Book #36 for 2007, Summer Mystery Challenge - Book 6)
Suzy Park is a twenty-nine-year-old Korean American interpreter for the New York City court system who makes a startling and ominous discovery about her family history that will send her on a chilling quest. Five years prior, her parents – hardworking greengrocers who forfeited personal happiness for their children’s gain – were brutally murdered in an apparent robbery of their store. But the glint of a new lead entices Suzy into the dangerous Korean underworld, and ultimately reveals the mystery of her parents’ homicide.
I quite enjoyed this one, my spontaneous purchase at the bookstore the other day. It’s not a fast-paced mystery, but it was still suspenseful and atmospheric. Beyond the mystery element, it was an interesting glimpse into the Korean immigrant community in New York. A little bumpy in places and I’m not sure what I make of the ending, but overall it was an intriguing read. This is her debut novel and as such it shows promise so I’ll certainly look out for her next book.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Interview with the author HERE.

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