by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Girl from the Well #2
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Release date : September 1st, 2015
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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It’s been two years since Tark Halloway’s nightmare ended. Free from the evil spirit that haunted him all his life, he now aids the ghostly Okiku and avenges the souls of innocent children by hunting down their murderers. But when Okiku becomes responsible for a death at his high school, Tark begins to wonder if they’re no better than the killers they seek out.
When an old friend disappears in Aokigahara, Japan’s infamous ‘suicide forest’, both must resolve their differences and return to that country of secrets to find her.
Because there is a strange village inside Aokigahara, a village people claim does not exist. A village where strange things lie waiting.
A village with old ghosts and an ancient evil – one that may be stronger than even Okiku…
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I discovered that there was to be a sequel to The Girl From the Well, I was so excited I just about squealed. And that’s saying a lot for me.
I loved the first book – which was quite surprising since I usually run from anything horror related. Even more ironic since I tend to like the darker side of things, ruthlessness and gore. But I digress.
The Suffering kept me awake at night. Because OF COURSE, I read it at night, that is what any SANE person would do. In any case — Chupeco is consistent with scary and creepy bits. Often times, my heart was racing, I’d have goosebumps or just utterly freaked out I had to put the book down. Yet, I kept coming back because I loved the story, the characters and the aspects of Japanese culture.
The backstory of ‘suicide forest’ and the village there was yes, creepy, but fascinating as well. I loved trying to figure out the WHYS and the HOWS along with Tark. It was complex, yet easy to follow because Chupeco is just amazing with setting everything up and hooking the reader.
Another light to this creepy story — is the relationship between Tark and Okiku. Their bond has grown over the two years that Okiku has been with Tark, and it was captivated by their relationship. It’s a hard one to define – because while it’s complex, it’s simple too. They care deeply for one another so in essence, it doesn’t matter how you define it, ya know? I loved the ending, too!
Overall – if you couldn’t guess – I freaking loved The Suffering. It’s brilliantly creepy. Chupeco’s writing is nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait to see what she brings us next. Highly recommend!
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- Have you read The Girl From the Well and/or The Suffering? If so, what did you think?