Book Review: The Girl from the Well + Giveaway

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Book Review: The Girl from the Well + GiveawayThe Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on August 5th 2014
Pages: 304
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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.


I started The Girl from the Well late at night, home alone and I thoroughly could not put it down. I loved the creepy, horrific vibe it gave off from page one. Some readers may be put off by Okiku’s need to count everything, but I thought it flowed into the story seamlessly and it wasn’t an unnecessary quirk, as you later find out when her legend is revealed. Another thing that you might nitpick is sometimes the story bounces a bit to other characters, which may translate a little better in the finished copy. I would sometimes have to retrace a bit, but overall I was so engaged, this factor did not really bug me at all.

Okiku is rather frightening, but is only interested in harming those who would harm children. One day she notices Tark, a boy who hides his tattoos, ones that others have thought they saw move. His mother has tried to kill him several times and is locked away in a mental institution, so Tark has just moved to a new town, closer to his cousin Callie. Callie is a teacher’s aide and looking at taking a month off to study in another country. One of her students, Sandra, comments on the woman that is attached to Tark, a dark lady with a white mask, as well as Okiku who spends time in between seeking vengeance as child-killers to follow Tark around.

Sandra easily becomes a character that I love to see more as the book goes on. At one point, she is talking to a man while she sits on a bench and asks him why there are two boys on his back. He’s just about to chloroform and make off with her when her mother comes looking for her. There are so many disturbing scenes in this book it’s hard to get into all of them. I love watching Okiku seek revenge on those who have killed, it was frightening and often times left quite the mess of a person.

A horrible situation leads all of them to Japan, to spread the ashes of Tark’s mother at a shrine that no one has heard of. Tark is sickening and his father is still trying to manage his job while trying to seek him help, the thing attached to him literally sucking his life away. Callie’s time with her learning group ends and the trio make it to the shrine, where it gets even creepier at times and we get to the root of Tark’s problem.

Overall, I could not put this book down. I read half of it before bed and when I woke up the next morning I had to finish it. The characters had depth and I loved the creepy vibe of the book. The scenes were written beautifully, describing the insane hauntings and murders that Okiku commits and should have given me bad dreams. I seem adverse to bad dreams, but it was rather hard getting up in a dark house to use the bathroom after reading this book.


A creepy story that includes quite an intriguing plot with interesting characters and legends.


Rin Chupeco: 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. The Girl from the Well is her debut novel. Connect with Rin at


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23 responses to “Book Review: The Girl from the Well + Giveaway

  1. Well, this is the first review I read of this book and it sounds so good and that cover is so LOVELY
    great review, girlo, as always πŸ™‚
    love ur design, I haven’t been here in a while, don’t know when you changed it
    Your reader,

  2. Samantha Wallace

    I think it would be a great read because I haven’t read a book like this, it would change my reading style and would be a great read!! Thanks for the giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  3. Kelly C

    This books was already on my TBR but after reading your review I think it has moved to the top. I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Christina R.

    LOVE the sound of this story! Would love to read it because it’s so creepy, the ghost seems like she’s just a scared, angry girl and easy to sympathize with and the creepiness seems like it’s totally unique πŸ™‚

    thank you πŸ™‚

    Lovely review πŸ™‚

  5. I saw this book in Barnes and Noble yesterday and wanted to pick it up. I decided to get 2 others books, but after reading this review I def want to read it.

  6. Most certainly a creepy read! It seems quite interesting!! Ghost stories retold are often very enjoyable. Fantastic review and it does make one want to pick this book up!

  7. Trisha

    I like Stephanie’s (above) comment – from your review, the book does sound as creepy as the title makes it seem. I don’t read many books that are sinister, uncomfortable but not quite horror. That opening line in the description sets up the book so well, “you may think me biased, being murdered myself.” Many books of this genre are too dramatic – kind of like an episode of Law & Order. The snarky narrator promises at least a bit of levity. Thanks for the review!

  8. I saw this on someones channel, either as a TBR, wrapup, or review, and it sounded good, and so now I want to read it, it sounds good!

  9. Sherry Butcher

    Thissound as creepy as the title makes it seem. Many books of this genre are too dramatic but this sounds great. TFS.

  10. Ok, so at first I didn’t wanna read this. It seems ordinary, and I just passed it. But then, I read some excellent reviews on GR and now, reading yours too, I gotta say I’m putting this on my TBR! It sounds good and anything but ordinary πŸ™‚ can’t judge a book by it’s cover lol

  11. Ann Nghiem

    So I visited GoodReads and some of the reviews weren’t so… encouraging since I was very excited to turn the pages! Then there are some people who praised the book despite the flaws pointed out by other dubious reviewers. Now I want to share my own opinion by getting the book myself! I have read other books involved with Japanese culture like Ink by Amanda Sun– pretty fascinating. Aaaaaand, I’m in the mood for some horror! πŸ™‚

  12. Nia

    I would love to read this book because I love any novels that have suspense and mystery. Anything chilling and leaves the reader engaged throughout the time they’re reading it is the main factor for me to pick up a book. Based on this review it seems like this book is a great one and I would definitely love to check it out.

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