The Suffering

The Suffering

eBook - 2015
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Breathtaking and haunting, Rin Chupeco's second novel is a chilling companion to her debut, The Girl from the Well. The darkness will find you. 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...
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Sourcebooks, 2015
ISBN: 9781402292224
9781492629849
Branch Call Number: FICTION Chu
Description: 1 online resource (320 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Jan 29, 2017

About a year after meeting Okiku and all the things she and Tark went through last year, they travel to Japan for round two. This time they go to Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, to find an ancient village to finish a ritual that went unfinished many years ago. Just as good, if not better then the first novel in this series. I really liked reading a story that's based off a real thing, like the suicide forest. This one had a darker tone to it than the first. They go through many trails, but it's all worth it in the end. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. 
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_SARAHD Aug 10, 2016

If you liked The Grudge or any other K or J horror, you will love this book. Some basic knowledge of Japanese ghosts does help as the words aren't always translated or explained. I accidentally read this book first not knowing there was another book before this!

Don't normally read horror? You won't be sorry you strayed into the genre with this title. Chupeco pulls off the unfortunately rare feat of depicting violence against women without ever condoning it or using it to titillate the reader. Even with a male protagonist, this book is all about women's stories. Other positives include Tark's strange, phenomenal relationship with the ghost Okiku, and the story's grounding in a totally different understanding of good and evil than the one we're used to in US media.

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