The Suffering (Girl from the Well Series #2)

The Suffering (Girl from the Well Series #2)

by Rin Chupeco

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The Suffering 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a book that keeps you on edge the more you read, than this is perfect. Horror all the way. A kickass main female role, with a funny, smart boy. Never got bored, read the girl from the well. I totally got lost on the end...but for the most part I get it. If there isn't another book after this one, I will be very mad. All I can say is AMAZING. Not like any other horror book. Actual plot. It never really scared me, but was one of my favorite books ever. Good horror books aren't really scary, but have a good plot, characters that you attach your emotions to, and make you always hope for another book to come after. Read it. I promise, you'll love it (unless you're a scaredy cat)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Fantasyhorror514 19 days ago
As a fan of Asian horror I really enjoyed the first one, but this book blew me away! I loved the horror and ended up emotionally involved in the story. Very well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“The Suffering” is the perfect book for any young adult (or adult, for the matter) fan of horror, suspense, or Japanese folklore. While it is a companion to “The Girl from the Well”, please know that it can be read as a standalone. All that you need to know is covered throughout the book in a way that doesn’t interrupt the flow. I absolutely love the character development of Tark and the water ghost, Okiku. I don’t know how the author, Rin Chupeco, does it, but somehow a ghost of a girl who died a couple hundred years ago is made relatable. Their relationship even manages to feel natural in spite of obvious challenges. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that the other supernatural characters introduced are no less intriguing. The plot unfolds perfectly. There is a good balance between what feels like nonstop action in a story that is not rushed. All of the clues to the ending are dropped within the chapters leading up to the final revelation, and yet the ending still manages to be a surprise. Think “The Sixth Sense”. I was torn between banging my head at missing the twist and sheer admiration for the author managing to pull it off. I cannot recommend this enough for reluctant readers around 8th grade and up who like action and don’t mind a little gore. It reads easily and sucks the reader in immediately. There is also very little in the way of romance (a couple of kisses), so for those who immediately shirk away from books that contain it this is perfect. Lots of action completes the reluctant reader test. Also, I am delighted to say there is diversity in the main character of Tark, who is a Japanese-American. Almost all of the secondary characters are Japanese, as well. We need more diverse books! It’s always a pleasure to find a new one to add to that shelf. In short, “The Suffering” is a satisfying horror novel that is creepy, causes jumps, and is also just plain fun. Highly recommended! This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Last August, I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, The Girl From the Well, and found it to be one of the best YA horror novels I'd read in quite a while. When reading that book, I was disappointed that I didn't learn more about Tark, as he was such a large part of the story. That definitely wasn't the case this time around. This book is written in first person from Tark's POV, so I felt as if I got to know him so much better and just really liked the guy. He's humorous, snarky, quick-witted, and just plain sweet at times and the interactions and emotions he experiences with Okiku seem very real and natural - or as real and natural as you can be with a ghost. As in The Girl From the Well, Okiku has her own brand of justice and strikes terror in the hearts of her victims, but she also displays more of her human side in this book. Learning more about the Japanese culture was a pleasure, and the American film crew from a Ghost Hunters-type show lends a touch of reality to this story. The author gives vivid, chilling descriptions of the ghosts and Tark finds himself in some terrifying, suspenseful situations. Something that didn't mesh for me was the abrupt transition from the first few chapters of the book, with Tark in his everyday high school life continuing his ongoing search for killers, and the possibility of a love interest, to the next chapter thrusting him into the "Suicide Forest" in Japan. It almost seems like two different stories, but the ending brings it full circle somewhat. The Suffering is a complex, well-developed, unique story with amazing characterization, and a must read for horror fans. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
terferj More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Man, this was just as good as the first book. This takes a couple years after and Tark is accustomed to Okiku's vengeance by now except for one moment. Honestly I know it's supposed to be for a good reason but I don't think I could handle it. I like that this book is told in Tark's perspective. It was nice to see what his thoughts and feelings regarding Okiku are, how he copes with all the scariness, and just how he accomplishes a lot of things. The story kept my interest since it first started with him playing a game of tag. I really started loving the story when they made it to Aokigahara to search for Kagura. The story regarding the rituals and the lore of the village was interesting also. I don't know which book I like better. If I had to choose, I would say this one. It was fascinating, not to gruesome, and an all around good story. I loved the way it all ended. It was marvelous. *I received this from NetGalley*