Review of The Girl From The Well| COYER review

Posted August 11, 2014 by Stormi in Book Reviews, Review Archive / 8 Comments

Review of The Girl From The Well| COYER review

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
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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. 

The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.

Also by this author: The Suffering, His Hideous Heart

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.


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8 responses to “Review of The Girl From The Well| COYER review

    • ladystorm

      It’s a POV I don’t want to read much of, but I was glad that I could overlook it and enjoy the book. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  1. That POV would totally throw me. I’m trying to picture reading it and I just can’t wrap my head around it. I’m not picky about POV in general but man that’s a rough one. I do scare easily, so I’m guessing this would creep me out way more than it did you lol

    • ladystorm

      It was hard to get into at first because of the POV and yes if you scare easily it might creep you :)Thanks for stopping by!

    • ladystorm

      It is called horror but if you don’t scare easy then I would lean it more towards the paranormal. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I like to think I don’t scare that easily either. Though If I read too many zombie books I realize I start to have zombie nightmares. But this didn’t scare me but I thought she wrote the ghost scenes really well with the death and gore.

    I’m right in line with your rating. I enjoyed it but I didn’t connect as much as I would have liked with any of the characters.

    • ladystorm

      I don’t read many zombie books. Do you have any good recommendations? I might try one. Thanks for stopping by!

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