Title: The Girl From The Well
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 1 2015
Genre: Young Adult Horror
I am where dead children go.
Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they’re due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on.
Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen’s skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbours fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There’s just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host.
Death, Death of a parent, Exorcism, Gore, Murder, Murder of children (referenced), Serial killers, Violent deaths
I was a little disappointed initially as the horror element of the story wasn’t as big as I wanted it to be, it wasn’t very scary in my opinion but the other elements make up for it.
Okiku and Tark’s characters were one of the elements that made up for the lack of horror. They were both well developed, with personalities that existed off the page. Okiku’s motivation was enjoyable to read about. Her hunt and how she eliminated her victims were pretty interesting and then her drive to save Tark was another thing that kept me intrigued. Speaking of Tark and Okiku their friendship well developed and kind of cute.
The element with the ghost inside Tark, how she impacted his life, and the reveal of how she got there in the first place which tied in with the reveal of some parts of Tark’s character and physical description that Tark that he isn’t a big fan of. The way that conflict was resolved had me at the edge of my seat.
I was also really intrigued in Okiku’s history and reading about how her character developed. I actually wished we got bit more. But I won’t penalise the book for that because I do understand why Rin Chupeco didn’t expand on that story in this book but maybe there will be some more details in the second book.
One thing I was a bit unsure about in the beginning but begin to tolerate then enjoy was the narrative style. The specific style that I’m referring to only shows up in Okiku’s Point-Of-View. When something climactic is building up or is happening, the writing switches from paragraphs to sometimes a single word in each line and instead of narrative writing, depending on the scene it switches to onomatopoeias.
That’s All I Got, Romy.