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The Girl from the Well

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The Girl from the Well

Okiku was just a servant girl in Japan until her brutal murder at the hands of a man she thought she loved. Now she is a spirit, a ghost who hunts down child killers and releases her vengeance upon them. When Okiku sees Tark, a strange boy with a mother who tried to kill him and a body full of tattoos, Okiku knows she has to watch out for him. For in Tark there is a darkness that wants nothing more than to break free.

Okiku follows Tark to Japan, the country of Okiku’s death and the only place where they can release the demon that is imprisoned in Tark. But the demon is getting strong, and Okiku does not know how much longer she can protect Tark from this growing power that is intent on killing them all.

Among the lovable characters, Rin Chupeco’s beautiful writing is enough to woo any reader. Lyrical and expressive, her style only intensifies the eeriness of the story.

THE GIRL FROM THE WELL is a terrifyingly realistic horror novel based off of a true legend. Readers will be torn between being horrified of Okiku, our main character and murderer of murderers, or empathetic towards her. Tark also begins to win the readers over with his sarcastic sense of humor.

Among the lovable characters, Rin Chupeco’s beautiful writing is enough to woo any reader. Lyrical and expressive, her style only intensifies the eeriness of the story. THE GIRL FROM THE WELL combines murderers, ghosts and demons into one compelling novel that should be at the top of any horror fan’s to-read list. By drawing inspiration from an ancient Japanese legend, Rin Chupeco increases the credibility of her novel and makes readers believe that anything is possible.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on August 7, 2014

The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco