I hope you don’t misunderstand. I haven’t hurt or harassed anyone, let alone killed them. The violence I practice is to some extent always on a textual level. You may wonder if it’s possible to be a killer who doesn’t kill people, but as far as I know, I’ve been indirectly involved in at least fifty natural deaths. Yes, the key word is natural death.

Restructuring, Page 12

In a nutshell


The Consultant is very good at his boring corporate job. He creates simple, elegant, effective solutions for… restructuring. Nothing obvious or messy. Certainly nothing anyone would ever suspect as murder. His clients are the corporations who order the jobs, his customers are the job. One day his next customer is someone he cares about, and for the first time he begins to question the role he plays in the anonymous company.

Book Club Notes


This book is an excellent not-your-typical thriller. It is elegant, well written, witty, complex and thought provoking. I loved the length of it, it was neither too short, nor too long – every paragraph had a purpose that delivered well.

First published in 2010 in Korean, this is the English translation by An Seon Jae. Despite the length of time that has passed between its creation and translation, there is nothing dated nor irrelevant about the contents.

Read If


You love a thoughtful thriller and shorter books that pack a punch.



Storyline – 8/10
Writing – 10/10
Character Development – 10/10
Plot Twist – 7/10
Shareability – 10/10
9.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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