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 neighbors 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. – Goodreads Synopsis
The Girl from the Well Review
It’s always interesting when you read books out of order. In this case, I read The Suffering first (my review) and I can see a definite quality difference. In The Girl from the Well, Chupeco had a great idea and she tried to write in a style that embodied Okiku. It was mostly effective, but not completely. Also, there was more than once where I had to re-read a passage because I wasn’t sure who was speaking or what exactly had happened.
The Girl from the Well isn’t bad, though. In fact, it entertained me just as much as it’s sequel did. It was just that the sequel was a tad bit easier to read. The main character of this story is really Okiku instead of Tark. A recognizable character to anyone who has seen The Ring/Ringu, Okiku is from one of the most popular Japanese folklore stories. I think that my familiarity with the aforementioned horror movies helped to enhance the fear factor in this book. I think it still would have been a creepy read regardless, but once you’ve actually seen those skittering movements and such… Well, let’s just say I don’t think I’ve actually yet seen the end of The Ring. I tend to, erm, cover my eyes because it creeps me out and I reallyreallyreallyreally don’t want to see her face.
Tark is a kid that’s not exactly been dealt an easy hand in life. He’s had an evil presence hanging off of him for as long as he can remember. It’s nothing he did, but something that was done to him. He’s dealt with it as best he can, but as he gets older, things start to get dramatically worse. This was an interesting case to read about because it is a pretty unusual take on possession. I absolutely loved the black and white aspect of things, as well as learning some about Japanese culture and exorcism rituals.
Overall, The Girl from the Well is a great start to a series and Rin Chupeco is definitely a talented author. You can check out book one now on Amazon.
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