The Old Woman with the Knife Book Review,

The Old Woman with the Knife Book Review,

Title: The Old Woman with the Knife
Author: Gu Byeong-mo
Published: March 8, 2022, Hanover Square Press
No. of Pages: 288
Cover Price: $19.99 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle

Any thriller aficionado who is tired of the same-old-same-old will want to quickly pick up award-winning Korean author, Gu Byeong-mo’s unique thriller, The Old Woman with the Knife. Hornclaw works for a company touting that they are “disease control specialists.” In actuality, she is an assassin and is very good at what she does. But at 65, she finds she is deteriorating even though she works out at the gym and stays in good shape. Unfortunately there are younger specialists at her company, and some of them resent her and one even harasses her. Although there is a lot of humor in this unique novel, it is actually a serious thriller. The cultural aspects of Korea are prominent in the novel, and for most, it is a new kind of thriller.

Although there are a few parts that aren’t totally clear due to being translated, the translation is excellent, and the story flows easily making it easy to read. The characters are well-developed, and the scenarios are quite unexpected as the story proceeds. Even though there are serious things happening, the humor is there all of the time, and so as readers are on the edges of their seats, they are also laughing and imagining how it is in Korea.

This novel is a “must read” for thriller aficionados because it is so fun and different. Readers will fall in love with Hornclaw albeit her lifelong profession of ending the lives of those who are surely deserving of an early death. By the time readers get to the unexpected dénouement, they will definitely want to pick up what will hopefully be a new release from this author. Fun and Unique!

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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