“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”
The most shocking part about Chapter 25 is that even Oh Sangwoo, known, psychopathic killer, has trouble believing what a family member could have done to a child in his custody.
Sangwoo who is usually quick-witted about any situation, recognizes immediately that Bum is lying to him, and re-analyzes the situation. He starts going through even the most absurd, most horrible scenarios, there must be something he is missing here, why is Bum so reluctant to talk.
And then it clicks. And for the first time since their encounter, Sangwoo is rendered speechless.
(Now he isn’t the only one who was sexually abused by a family member anymore).