Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (September 8, 2015)
Genre: Fiction/YA/Horror/Creepy as Hell
Cover Rating: <3 <3
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…
*Received this book in exchange for a honest review via NetGalley.
Well goddamn this is a step up from the first book that I’ve read by Rin Chupeco. Not only did I finish the book but I enjoyed it immensely. It was what all Japanese Horror stories should be. With that being say I don’t recommend this book if you don’t like creepy, bloody, gore-y books or shitting your pants No seriously, this was one hell of an intense ride and I loved it.
The Suffering pretty much picks up where The Girl From the Well left. Two years after all that shit went down in the first book which wasn’t all that great. But that’s not important. What’s important is the story, which is fucking amazing and one hell of a roller coaster ride. Told from Tark POV we learn that he is now bound to the ghost Okiku. If not, anything from a ghost to a demon can posses him and that would be a big problem.
For those who haven’t read The Girl From the Well, Okiku is a ghost hell on getting revenge and taking out all people with the intent to murder, rape or any other despicable act you can think of. Aside from that Tark and Okiku are what I consider ghost hunters but with a twist. They are in the business of avenging innocent souls of hideous crimes.
And that is pretty much what Tark and Okiku were doing at the beginning of the book until he finds out that an old friend has gone missing along with an American Ghostbusting TV crew. Yeah they are missing in Aokigahara. A strange village that supposedly doesn’t exist. A village known as “suicide forest”.
Now look, if it was me, I would say a little prayer for you and keep it moving. I’m not about to risk my life and head to a village know as “suicide forest”. I have common sense and this why I was never casted in a Horror Movie because I would fuck shit up and the movie would be over in 20 minutes flat. Bitch ain’t go no time for ghost and demons.
Anyways back to the review.
As I was saying a friend went missing and naturally, all hell breaks loose for Tark and Okiku once they arrive in Japan. And this where The Suffering is at its best. Rin Chupeco does an excellent job of bringing in the atmospheric creepiness as well as the gore-y and terrifying spine-tingling chills, that makes a horror story a horror story. I’m not expert on Asian culture but I have to give credit to the author for bringing Japan to life on paper. There’s no whitewashing here. Every description, detail felt authentic. It felt like you the reader were there in Japan.
On top of that those damn creepy ass ghost and entities were….
Yeah need I said more?
Although my review doesn’t explain how much I love The Suffering, just know that I love The Suffering. We get a story told from the male POV which is refreshing because let’s face it’s a rarity in YA. The characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. It’s scary as hell and this book is a must read for the Halloween season. I highly recommend this if you aren’t grossed out or scared easily. If horror, specially Japanese Horror is your thing….READ THIS BOOK. It’s so good and bound to leave you with nightmares.