BOOK · REVIEW

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

THE BASICS:

Title: The Girl from the Well

Author: Rin Chupeco

Series: The Girl from the Well #1

Genre: Horror, Young Adult

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Publication Date: August 5, 2014

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. 

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret – one that would just kill to get out.
The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

MY TAKE:

“I am where the dead children go”

The Girl from the Well is is a story that I didn’t think I would ever read. When I read the blurd, which I seldom do, I was intrigued. Because I have so many questions. Was this the same ghost that the movie The Ring was based on?

This book was narrated by a ghost named Okiku who travels the globe in search for her next victim. Okiku is a vengeful spirit who attacks and kills humans who harm and murder children. And then there is Tark, a 15-year-old boy who has a mysterious past and weird arm tattoos. I also like the character of Callie, Tark’s cousin at some point but I also find her annoying.

The Girl from the Well takes inspiration from a Japanese legend, the same one Sadako from The Ring was based on. And at some point it also reminded me of The Grudge. The Ring and The Grudge both creeped me out.

Overall, The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco was great. I am not a fan of horror stories but this one really captivated me. It was a little bit scary at times, of course, and I would not recommend reading this at night, but it was the best kind of creepy I could have asked for.

In my opinion, Rin Chupeco’s debut was a success! Kudos!