But before I jump into my review, I'll share the book cover and the 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…
If you haven't gotten the impression from my introduction to the review that I enjoyed the book, then I'll tell you now--I really liked THE SUFFERING! This is definitely a read that I recommend buying. But let me tell you why.
THE SUFFERING opens up similarly to most horror stories--humans against maniacal poltergeists--then quickly shifts to a beast of its own. I haven't read too many stories in which the main character's sidekick is a dead, rage-driven girl who looks creepier than a crypt on Halloween. I also love how Chupeco ties in so much Eastern culture to a book set initially in America.
The main character, Tark, is highly likable, brash, young, and yet refreshingly modest for a cute boy with a couple of girls chasing after him. Not only did I like Tark, but I couldn't tell this was the second book in the series, the author did such a seamless job of weaving the previous story into this one. And with places like "suicide forest," strange, foreign villages, and ancient hold fasts of evil, Chupeco does a fantastic job of creating scenes and location.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and hope that I'm able to review the second book as well. THE SUFFERING will be available for purchase September 1st. If you buy a copy, I'd love to read your comments. You can leave them below this review.
I'll see you next month when I'll be back with a new young adult book review!