I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, YA
Published by Fire, Sourcebook on August 5th
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Also by this author: The Suffering, His Hideous Heart
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.
First thoughts: Not as creepy as I had hoped but it was still interesting.
The Girl From the Well is based on Japanese folklore and since I don’t really know anything about that, to me this was just another ghost story with a little creep factor thrown in.
I have never read a book in second person POV and it was really hard to get use too that type of writing style. We are getting the POV of Okiku a spirit who wonders the earth setting free murdered children’s spirits by killing the murderer. Okiku meets a young man named Tarkquin and something about him peaks her interest and she follows him around.
Tarkquin is sort of unique, his mother gave him some strange tattoos when he was little and because of them he has always been a bit reclusive. He doesn’t make friends and just keeps to himself. Strange things happen around him and we witness these things through Okiku’s eyes as she follows him around and we find out he has an evil spirit bound to him.
It’s not until his father takes him to Japan that we understand why his mother tattooed him and who the evil spirit is and what has to be done to get rid of it. His cousin Callie who watches out for Tark has seen first hand what Okiku can do and can see the evil spirit tied to Tark and wants to help. She is leery of Okiku, but Tark starts making friends with her. In the end, it’s a good thing for Tark that Okiku likes him.
It’s hard to talk about The Girl From the Well without giving away something that to me the reader should find out on their own. It might be that I just don’t scare that easy when it comes to reading horror, but I didn’t really find this book scary at all. Yes, it had some creep you out moments. When Okiku goes after murderers she can get a little creepy (like it is referred to as being like The Grudge), but it didn’t scare me. I think it was more suspenseful than scary.
The POV of the dead girl gives you a little insight into what a spirit is thinking and seeing and how she feels about what she does. This gives The Girl From the Well it’s unique quality. It was interesting reading something from Japanese folklore because I haven’t ever read any before.
Overall, I enjoyed the story even if I didn’t find it scary and would recommend it to those who like paranormal books. Just bear in mind that if your a hardcore horror fan it won’t be scary, but if your one of those that just a little scary will keep you up all night you might like this one.