Title: The Girl from the Well
Author: Rin Chupeco
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A gory, frightening ghost story with real heart, and Japanese roots, The Girl from the Well is a delightful story worthy of Stephen King--and that praise is well deserved!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Okiku is a vengeance scepter; a ghost thrown down a well three centuries earlier. Tempering her rage from her untimely death, haunting child murderers to satisfy the rage that lies buried deep within her damned soul. Hers is a solitary existence: That is, until Tarquin Holloway, covered in mysterious, familiar-looking tattoos, can see her. Realizing that a malevolent spirit is attached to the darkly humorous young man, she finds herself drawn into a world of Japanese myth and exorcism.. And the two realize that Tark might not be able to make it out of this alive, as they travel to Japan to rid Tarquin of the dark spirit encased within him..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the pacing of this novel--it was completely breakneck and I couldn't put it down even when I tried
-I loved the way Japanese culture, especially the dark side of it, took center stage in this book--it was definitely refreshing and I enjoyed it
-The revenge spirit that is Okiku--on one hand, a spirit bent on retribution, and on the other, a young woman who died wrongfully before her time--I liked the way she was not a typical ghost, not yearning for a connection, but just content with watching people
-The frightening, often gory scenes in this horror tale--it made it very authentic
-Tarquin, the young man who finds himself wrapped in a dangerous, frightening web of Japanese exorcisms and myth, hiding behind a shield of sarcasm and self-deprecation
-Callie, his young cousin who finds herself willing to accompany her cousin into darkness--at her own expense
-The mysterious legacy of the Holloways, fully revealed as the book progresses
-I loved the ending--it was wonderful!
What could've been better:
-At times the pacing was so fast it was difficult to keep up with
I loved The Girl from the Well--an amazing ghost story skillfully evoking the signature creepiness of Stephen King! Next on deck: Elijah's Mermaid by Essie Fox!