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Title: The Suffering (The Girl From the Well #2)
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publication Date: September 8, 2015
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My The Girl From the Well Pre-Reading
Synopsis: 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…
Why?: I really enjoyed The Girl From the Well, but I thought that it was a standalone. So when I found out there was a companion novel, I knew I had to read it ASAP. I loved Okiku (even though she can be pretty terrifying), and I loved the relationship between her and Tark. I'm excited to find out that happened after the end of The Girl From the Well and to learn more about Aokigahara.
Expectations: I have pretty high expectations for this book. I expect there to be a lot of pretty scary moments, terrible monsters/ghosts, and gorgeous writing. I;m actually just really excited to go back to Japan with Tark and Okiku and learn more about the legends and the horrors and the secrets there.
Judging a book by its cover: I actually really love this cover. It's creepy, but still beautiful. I love that Okiku is standing in front of a forest, and I'm really glad that it's all in black and white. It definitely has a The Ring or The Grudge feel about it, which is what I really liked about the first book. I also really like how the title is in red - it stands out and still adds to the whole creepy vibe of the book. I'd definitely pick this up if I saw it on a shelf somewhere!