My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I might have a bunch of review books to read, but today I grabbed my Paperwhite and read this one. I've been curious about this story for ages, and as soon as I started... well, I couldn't put it down.
Okiku is an old ghost. A lonely soul who has been around for hundreds of years and is documented in Japenese folklore. She might have died in a well, a victim intent on getting revenge, but she's now free to roam wherever she wants. And what she does is find the scum of the Earth who kill children and keep them trapped. She avenges the deaths of these innocent kids and helps release their trapped spirits.
And that's how Tark catches her eye. He's a teenager with strange tattoos on his arms, a father trying to find a better life for them, and a mother who's institutionalised because she keeps trying to kill him. He's also got a cousin called Callie. Okiku finds herself following these two kids and even keeps them safe from human monsters, as well as the demonic kind.
I loved this story! It's told in a very unique way: through the POV of the dead Okiku, as she watches and enacts her kind of justice. The imagery in this book is so cool. It's certainly creepy and delves deeply into the world of spirits, ghosts and demons. I enjoyed seeing her balance her own 'job' with helping Tark and Callie.
While there are some horrific things that happen in this book, I wasn't as freaked out as I thought I might be. But hey, I've been a horror fan for decades, so it takes a lot to scare me. Still, I definitely felt the creepy vibes here, and got a kick out of them!
I'm glad I've already got the companion book on my Kindle. :)