Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco

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Just released: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Ghosts, Horror, Japan, YA
Hardback: 272 pages
Rating: 5

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.


My two-bits:

Awesome spooky creepy story to start off the Halloween season!

The character perspectives of the living and non-living played off each other well. Loved learning of the folklore of ghosts and in particular Japanese ghosts. Certain ghosts didn't seem so scary after learning about their history. Also, tidbits about Japanese dolls was eye-opening.

Although the story is primarily about the girl in the well, it also is one that revolves around a boy with a tattoo - an unusual one with interesting meaning and movement (yeah, huh?). The air of dark mystery that surrounds the boy kept me turning the pages which reached a satisfying reveal.

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