Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: I’ve pointed this out in other horror book reviews but it it’s worth repeating; it has become apparent that I am not easily scared. So while I did not have any lingering heebies from The Girl From The Well don’t take that to mean it’s not unnerving. Based on the other reviews I’ve seen it certainly seems so.
Rin Chupeco has written a beautiful and cinematic ghost story. Be it the violent horror or the slowly building creepy moments, the scenes are all set brilliantly and work together to build a captivating story. Having Okiku as the narrator is certainly different, on the one hand I absolutely loved it because she is such a great character. One the other, I do think that (for me) part of the horror of the story was lost because of this. The reader having an understanding/connection to the thing that goes bump in the night makes it less scary than wondering about what lurks killing in those shadows.
The world and story of The Girl From The Well was fascinating and I ended up reading the sequel immediately after.