Book Review: The Suffering (The Girl from the Well #2), Rin Chupeco (2015)

Monday, August 31st, 2015

“Just a boy and his ghost.”

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received an electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for rape and other forms of violence.)

Okiku was the first person in my life who was completely mine, in the same way that I was the only person that had ever been completely hers. She taught me to face my inner demons, that their presence did not mean I was broken. She loved my darkness, and I loved her light.

I’m no hero, but I do have a superpower. Except my superpower tends to wander off when she’s bored.

It’s been two years since the malevolent spirit of his aunt Chiyo, formerly a powerful miko, was purged from Tarquin Holloway’s body – with the help of his mother Yoko, the Chinsei shrine maidens, and Okiku, the 300-year-old ghost of a 16-year-old servant girl. Now seventeen, Tark’s life has returned to normal – ish : a high school senior in Washington, DC, Tark looks forward to graduation and college. He gets good grades, despite his occasional nightly outings; and, though he doesn’t have many friends – weird things always seem to happen around Tark, making him the subject of gossip and suspicion – at least the other kids have stopped bullying him. Well, mostly.

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The Suffering by Rin Chupeco – Excerpt & Giveaway!

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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The Suffering

By Rin Chupeco

September 1, 2015; Hardcover ISBN 9781492629832; Trade Paper ISBN 9781492629849

Book Info:

Title: The Suffering

Author: Rin Chupeco

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Praise for the Suffering:

"Rin Chupeco's
The Suffering is a horror lover's dream: murders, possessed dolls, and desiccated corpses. I cringed. I grimaced. You won't soon forget this exorcist and his vengeful water ghost."

–Kendare Blake, author of
Anna Dressed in Blood

“Chupeco deftly combines ancient mysticism with contemporary dilemmas that teens face, immersing readers in horrors both supernatural
and manmade. The Suffering is a chilling swim through the murky waters of morality.”

–Carly Anne West, author of
The Bargaining and The Murmuring

Summary:

Breathtaking and haunting, Rin Chupeco’s second novel is a chilling companion to her debut, The Girl from the Well.

The darkness will find you.

Seventeen-year-old Tark knows what it is to be powerless. But Okiku changed that. A restless spirit who ended life as a victim and
started death as an avenger, she’s groomed Tark to destroy the wicked. But when darkness pulls them deep into Aokigahara, known as Japan’s suicide forest, Okiku’s justice becomes blurred, and Tark is the one who will pay the price…

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Book Review: The Girl from the Well, Rin Chupeco (2014)

Friday, June 12th, 2015

“An onryuu with a conscience, kami help us.”

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this book for review through NetGalley.)

I have always striven for detachment, a disinterest in the living. Their preoccupation with each breath of air, the brevity of their lifetimes, and their numerous flaws do not inspire sympathy in me. I can plumb their minds and wander the places they frequent, but they hold little significance.

I do not care to remember names. I do not care to recognize faces.

But this one is called Tarquin Holloway.

He has a cousin named Callie Starr.

His eyes are very bright blue.

He is lonely.

It is not in my nature to be interested in the living.

But there are many things, I have found, that defy nature.

“An onryuu with a conscience, kami help us.”

Should a person experience a brutal and unwarranted death at the hands of another, she does do not go gentle into that good night. Rather than continue on to the afterlife – whatever that may entail; it’s not for the narrator to say – she remains in a sort of purgatory, her spirit tethered to her murderer. Only when her death is avenged, and her killer brought to justice, is her soul free to move on. If she still wants to, that is.

Okiku is a yuurei – a spirit that cannot rest. Three hundred years ago, the 16-year-old girl was tortured and murdered, her body tossed down a well like so much trash, at the hands of a retainer – and with her beloved Lord’s permission. In the centuries since, Okiku has roamed the world, hunting down those who prey on children: murderers, rapists, and pedophiles. Fueled by vengeance, Okiku is an especially powerful yuurei: an onryuu, able to harm the living.

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