Two years after the events from The Girl From The Well, Okiku and Tark are back for a new adventure involving Japanese ghosts. And while it’s much the same as the first books, it differs on some very important points.
The one thing that really stood out for me was the change in POV, this book is not told by Okiku (so no more counting for all the people who found it unnerving). Instead it’s told by Tark, who just isn’t as interesting a character as Okiku. I was a bit disappointed by this because I thought the ghost-POV of the first book was one of it strongest points.
Another strong point that luckily stayed the same is the bond between Tark and Okiku, which even though it gets tested is very strong and interesting to read about. In the two years since the first book, they have really grown into their roles and Tark has had a lot of training. The story itself however didn’t blow me away. The suicide forest I’d heard about before and although the village was creepy enough, the story looked too much for my liking like any horror movie I’ve ever seen.
The story has enough creepy elements, but I never felt it was really creepy. This might just have been me, as I’m not that easily creeped out by something I read. Though I liked this one a bit less than the first one, I still enjoyed reading it. I don’t know if there is going to be a third book, but I’d read it!
The Suffering is the sequel to The Girl From The Well.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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