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The Girl from the Well Paperback – May 1, 2015
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""[A] Stephen Kinglike horror story...A chilling, bloody ghost story that resonates." " - Kirkus"
"The writing is beautiful. Descriptive in a poetic way, which just makes everything even creepier...I don't even know how to properly praise her [Chupeco], but she has to be one of the most talented writers to be published recently." - Paperback Wonderland
"The "Girl from the Well" is part The Ring, part The Grudge and part The Exorcist...A fantastically creepy story sure to keep readers up at night... Okiku is one of the most interesting YA characters to date. 41/2 Stars-TOP PICK!" - RT Book Reviews
""A dark novel that will appeal to horror fans, lovers of Elizabeth Scott's 'Living Dead Girl.'"" - School Library Journal
"Chupeco makes a powerful debut with this unsettling ghost story...told in a marvelously disjointed fashion from Okiku's numbers-obsessed point of view, this story unfolds with creepy imagery and an intimate appreciation for Japanese horror, myth, and legend." - Publishers Weekly starred review
"Rin Chupeco does a fine job of integrating folklore and culture with J[apanese]-horror elements..It hit all the right horror notes with me, and I absolutely recommend it to fans looking for a good scare. " - The Book Smugglers
"This horror mystery has just the right blend of contemporary teenage life and the fantasy of a ghost story. It is well written and fast paced, and the characters both dead and alive are developed and engaging...well worth having in a teen collection that caters to fantasy and horror lovers." - VOYA Magazine
"There's a superior creep factor that is pervasive in every lyrical word of Chupeco's debut, and it's perfect for teens
who enjoy traditional horror movies...the story is solidly scary and well worth the read.
" - Booklist
"This gorgeously written story reads like poetry--despite the demons." - Brazos Bookstore
About the Author
Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She's been a technical writer and travel blogger, but now makes things up for a living. Connect with Rin at www.rinchupeco.com.
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Okiku is a spirit who has wandered the world for over three hundred years. Betrayed and brutally murdered at sixteen, she looks for tell-tale signs of child murderers. The sign? They carry the souls of the murdered children around with them- tethered with bonds that keep the young victims pinned to their killer until Okiku sets them free. The setting free process can be...messy, but certainly not undeserved. Any measure of peace that Okiku finds in this afterlife comes directly from the freeing of children's souls. Something she has always been denied herself.
Tarquin is a fifteen year old boy haunted by a feeling that there is something very wrong with him. Given strange tattoos when he was just five, he covers them as much as possible and has learned to stay away from other children. His mother is in an institution that keeps her from killing her son. Something she has tried in the past. When Tark moves with his father to a new home he inadvertently catches Okiku's eye, and she follows him to his home. It comes as something of a shock when Tark actually is able to see her. This is the beginning of a relationship that will eventually take them back to Japan and into serious danger.
I enjoyed this book. The fact that it is based on a real Japanese legend was interesting and I felt that the author did a very good job of integrating the legend with events in this story. Tark is a young man who is older than his years. A childhood spent mostly alone and a mentally unstable mother who has attacked him have left him unwilling to interact with most of the world around him and has made him, understandably, cynical and bitter. Until Okiku. When they end up in a remote area of Japan, the two will come face to face with a force that will change their existence forever.
I’m a huge horror buff, but Japanese horror is usually so creepy I can’t always stomach it. But reading about it? Sure thing.
Okiku is a centuries’ old spirit. After getting murdered, she’s determined to find child murderers and punish them, and setting the children’s spirits free. But then she sees Tarquin, Tark as his family calls him, a fifteen-year-old boy covered in strange tattoos. Okiku senses another presence lingering near Tarquin, and it’s not a benevolent one. The tattoos are strange and eerie, and everyone seems to avoid the boy. Okiku’s interest is triggered, and she starts following him.
The best parts of the book were the ones focusing on Japanese culture, and the ones actually happening in Japan. I loved reading about the country, the ancient legends, the mikos and how they perform exorcisms, and so on. The book is creepy (what did you expect), but it’s also original, has great writing, and is overall, a very enjoyable book, and certainly different from most other YA horror books.
If you’re in the mood for some genuinely creepy horror, I recommend this book. I already ordered the sequel. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was one creepy and sinister read that made me need to keep the light on and almost afraid to go to sleep at night.
This is my first ghost story and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book also has strong Japanese history built into the story that I found absolutely fascinating. I have not read many books with Japanese culture in it, let alone a ghost story and supernatural elements.
The book is told from the ghosts point of view, a.k.a. the girl from the well. I have to say I loved that the most, seeing everything from her POV. While she's this scary figure who does some very haunting things to bad people, but you just have to love her all the same. Even though she's dead, she is drawn to Tark, and it makes her want to protect him. I couldn't help but feel bad for Tark throughout this entire book because he's the helpless vessel with a crazy mother, a blind father, and a nosy ass cousin who inserted herself into his drama. Needless to say I did not like Callie very much.
But this was wonderfully creepy story that was just what I was looking for. I will say that reading this book at eleven at night with the lights off was not such a smart idea. Rin Chupeco has a way of describing scenes in the scariest of ways. I mean I can picture each scene straight out of a horror film.