by Rin Chupeco
Series: The Girl From the Well #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Release date : August 5th, 2014
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Confession: I don’t like horror movies. There was one I saw about 8 years ago that freaked me out enough to ward off the whole genre. Books however, are slightly different. There aren’t many that I have read, and few less that STUCK and freaked me out. THE GIRL FROM THE WELL is one of those books.
The Girl From the Well is based on a Japanese Ghost story – the famous Okiku. There are many versions from what I understand, all very intriguing. In the book, she is a vengeful ghost that kills those who have murdered children. And she is ruthless. I loved it.
The story doesn’t just follow Okiku, but Tark and his cousin Callie as well. There is something dark haunting Tark, and for reasons unknown to Okiku, she is drawn to him and this darkness. This is where things get really interesting. With exorcisms, demons and the like. I don’t want to spoil TOO much, so vague. 🙂
The writing has its strong suits and some.. not. Normally, when a narrative voice changes without a chapter break, it bothers me. However, I do think that it worked out well enough in The Girl From the Well. It’s primarily from Okiku’s POV, but it will switch from third person narrative to get a broader outlook on what’s going on. If this can be overlooked, the book will have a much larger impact on the reader. It did for me, anyway.
The good stuff. Rin has a knack for writing ruthless, creepy characters. It’s dark and gory. Which is what I loved about it. Liked I mentioned above, Okiku is ruthless, and you really get to see HOW ruthless she is, because Rin does NOT hold back. I read a few scenes out loud to my husband and oldest son, and they were both O_O. There was also the mythology and lore of the Japanese culture that I loved.
Since I am sure a huge character driven person, I was hoping for more from the other characters. Yet, I feel as if the story wasn’t necessarily about them, as it was what was happening to them. Make sense?
My Peeve –
It’s not really a peeve, but the writing took a little bit to get used to.
I loved it! Such a disturbing, creepy book. If you love horror, or want to read a well written (and CREEPY) ghost story – I HIGHLY recommend it!
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