Seventeen-year-old Tark knows what it is to be powerless. But Okiku changed that. A restless spirit who ended life as a victim and started death as an avenger, she’s groomed Tark to destroy the wicked. But when darkness pulls them deep into Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, Okiku’s justice becomes blurred, and Tark is the one who will pay the price… – Goodreads Synopsis
The Suffering is the 2nd book in the Girl from the Well series by Rin Chupeco.
The Suffering Review
I could barely put this book down. Rin Chupeco does a fantastic job in The Suffering. Okiku and Tark are quite possibly my newest favorite horror book characters. I don’t even care that there was a bit of the mushy in there. Okiku definitely gives off an awesome kick-ass vibe. She’s a complicated character that is just not easy to describe, but surprisingly easy to feel affection for. Tark is a kid with a good heart, an exorcist in training, and serves as good foil to Okiku’s insane thirst for vengeance.
In Chupeco’s hands, a trip to the Suicide Forest to save a friend is every bit the horrifying nightmare you’d expect it to be. It’s filled with gruesome images, heart-stopping confronting evil moments, and tension that just keeps building. On top of this, even a guy and his ghost can have misunderstandings. Aokigahara is the wrong place to sort them out.
The Suffering is the 2nd book in The Girl in the Well series. I have not read the first one, but now I desperately want to. I need to see what Okiku was like before her association with Tark tempered her a bit. This was just a fantastic read. I didn’t even mind the ending so much. When reading a teen horror, you need to keep in mind that the expectations are a little different. If it was an adult horror, the ending would have evoked a negative reaction from me. As is, though, it was fitting. Rin Chupeco is a talented author that is officially on my “must-read” list.
Find out for yourself if you agree with me on The Suffering‘s awesomeness. Buy it now on Amazon.