The Suffering

The Suffering

Book - 2015
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When an old friend disappears in Aokigahara, Japan's infamous 'suicide forest, ' Tark and the ghostly Okiku must resolve their differences and return to find her. In a strange village inside Aokigahara, old ghosts and an ancient evil lie waiting.
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Fire, c2015.
ISBN: 9781492629849
Characteristics: 313 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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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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