I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Suffering by Rin Chupeco
Published by Sourcebooks on September 8th 2015
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Also by this author: The Girl From the Well
Over the last year I've gone against faceless women, disfigured spirits, and grotesque revenants. Some people keep dangerous hobbies; skydiving and driving at monster truck rallies and glacier surfing. Me? I cast my soul into the churning waters of potential damnation and wait for a bite.
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…
Last year I read The Girl from the Well and it wasn’t scary but it was a little creepy. I love mythic ghost stories and legends so I had to get book two to see what might happen next. Today for Monsters, Madmen, Mayhem. Oh my! I am reviewing The Suffering by Rin Chupeco. This one is slightly creepier that the first book.
I’m no here, believe me.
What I thought of this book
After things happened in the first book (don’t want to spoil) it seems that Tark and Okiku have been spending a lot of time either exorcising ghost or hunting murderers for Ki to take her vengeance out on. He even helps some classmates get rid of a nasty ghost they conjured. He is pretty much labeled the strange guy at school but he doesn’t seem to care. He is close to graduating high school and he has a girl that seems to like hanging out with him.
To Tark his life is pretty good, then Saya messages him and tells him that Kagura has gone missing in the Aokigahara known as the ‘suicide forest’. She was leery about taking a group of ghost hunters into the forest in search of a lost village because she knows all about it and the forest. They all go missing and Tark and his cousin Callie who were planning a trip during their school break go and help search for them. Tark and Okiku get separated from Callie and end up finding the village and the darkness that the village contains.
There is a horrible curse on the village and some very menacing spirits that are running around and they are so not nice at all. They will take you down. Tark still hasn’t found Kagura but he believes she is going to the Shrine and he has read enough to know about things he needs to do to try and reverse the curse. Catching spirits is what he is good at, but there is a lot more evil going on there than even Tark and Okiku can handle.
So the beginning of the story was a little slow and boring but once you get to the forest it’s pretty creepy. I think if you scary easily then it could keep you up at night, but I didn’t find it to be scary, just creepy.
Tark and Okiku have a few falling outs in this one which has to do with human morals and ghost morals..lol. That doesn’t keep them from being close and trusting each other when things get rough. It’s a bit creepy and gross to me how much Tark likes his little vengeance ghost but then when you have had it living with you for some long I guess an attachment of some type might form…still gross. 🙂 Overall though I do like the two characters.
This is definitely a great read for October but you need to read The Girl from the Well first because I think you wouldn’t appreciate this one as well without knowing more backstory on Tark and Okiku.
I enjoyed it and if you like YA Horror and supernatural type stories then I think you will enjoy this one.