The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco | Book Review
Updated: Sep 4
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Okiku wanders the world hunting down child murderers, freeing the souls of children bound to their killers. When she discovers Tark, she senses darkness inside of him. Ever watchful for those who would harm children, she takes an interest in Tark. But as she watches him, she learns that the darkness is bound to him and it is beginning to break free. Tark will have a long and horrific road ahead of him.
Rin Chupeco can send a chill down your spine with their writing. Told through the eyes of Okiku, The Girl From the Well builds horror elements into each chapter as the reader becomes immersed in Japanese lore and human atrocities. You’ll witness brutal murders and the resulting aftermath as Okiku finds those responsible. And let’s not forget the darkness inside of Tark that will rip people limb from limb when challenged.
The characters were also so well-balanced and built off of one another. Tark is a reserved boy who’s come to terms with childhood trauma and the supernatural occurrences plaguing him. Whereas Okiku is a morally gray character fiercely protective of her charges. Those who harm, or try to harm, children will surely die. Placing the two characters together creates an innovative dynamic that strengthens the dark undertones of The Girl From the Well.
I need to read book two. With the way this one ended, I just need to know what happens next. If you’re a fan of paranormal horror and Japanese culture, I encourage you to read The Girl From the Well. And if you can, try the audiobook. Andi Arndt did a fantastic job with voices and added to the overall horror ambiance.
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