“Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories” By Kim Young-ha Review

Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter’s boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family’s disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else.

I gotta admit that this book was the first book I’ve read which as written by a Korean Author. 

There are 4 short stories in this book named “Diary of a murder”, “the origin of life”, “missing child” and the last one is “the writer”. All 4 for these short stories were sort of thriller / mystery stories. But to be fully honest with you guys the only good short story in this book was the first one named “Diary of a murder” and the rest of the stories felt like just a starch to make the book longer. 

The writing style was okay for the most part but there were a lots of times where the writing style could be improved like a lot. And it was clear that these short stories were written by a person who didn’t write a lot of stories before. 

The plots in all these 4 short stories were good enough as when it comes to the book as a whole. But “Diary of a murder” was the best short story in this book because it was very unique because it is a short story about a serial killer how gets dementia. But the rest of the short story just feels like the most generic mystery short stories which you can possible find.

I give this book 2 / 5

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