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The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,840 ratings  ·  462 reviews
You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a s
ebook, 304 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2014)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
“I say it is an onryuu, yet I feel no hate from her."

“An onryuu with a conscience, kami help us."
Shimatta! (That means shit in Japanese). God help us, this is supposed to be our terrifying heroine? Kuso yaro! Sou desu ne?! Ramen! *insert random-ass Japanese word here for authenticity* Sukiyaki! Hentai! Bukkakke! Hello Kitty!

This book will be scary, they said. A cross between Dexter and The Ring, they said. Not fucking likely.

This was how scary the book was for me.

Trust me, I'm just as disappoi

Is this really supposed to be a horror book? Like...for real? I’m surprised to say this, since I usually never read this genre (because of the chicken that I am), but I found it very dull and never did I have some goose bumps while reading. Goose bumps are mandatory to me when reading a (supposedly) horror and creepy story.

If someone who has read The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith and couldn’t sleep ALL NIGHT says this book was not scary, believe that person. On the other hand…that book was very d
Isa Lavinia

ARC provided by Sourcebooks Fire through Netgalley

TW: murder, mentions of rape

I don't own a TV.
Yeah, I know you're expecting me to go down the usual pretentious, "I don't own a TV, because books are the superior form of blah blah blah" but the truth is I don't own one because I am so crazy that after I watched The Ring I had to get rid of my TV.
There will be NO creepy kids climbing out of a well and into my house!

So when I got approved for this ARC I went, "Oh no, Isa. What have you done?"
Faye, la Patata
Warning: Scary GIFS galore!

I posted some Asian Film Recommendations as an extra to posting this review on my blog. Check it out here and go marathon some scary movies!

Since I was young, I've always loved Asian horror films. I'm a fan of horror in general (who agrees with me that getting goosebumps is AWESOME?! No? No...? Okay...), but there's a certain quality in the Asian counterparts that I don't really seein Western works.For one, they incorporate their mythology in their films and literatu

3.5 stars

Let's get one fact straight: I am a huge wuss. I hide behind pillows during horror movies and force people to come with me when I walk into dark rooms. I am freaking scared of dolls. Those Barbies I collected as a kid? I want to throw them all out the window. But after reading my first horror book, Anna Dressed in Blood, I thought I wasn't going to be as scared. Well, ha ha to myself.

That was my reaction throughout the book. I was happily enticed by all the mythology and Japanese histo
Even with the great premise and creepy as heck scenes throughout, I can't say I liked this one much, unfortunately. Though this is all due to the writing, and if you're a fan of it you will have a much better experience with this book than I.

The writing is one that, although may work for some, I could never get used to. The narrative voices (plural because I "think" there were more than 1, but I'm not 100% sure…) are in 3rd person which is always harder for me to connect with regardless, but in
Dax Varley
Gotta have!

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There's an issue with image links on GR right now, only half of them are showing up from time to time. Hopefully this will fix itself soon.

This book has been written up as a cross between The Ring and Dexter, but I actually felt it was equal parts The Ring:

The Grudge:

And a little bit of The Eye:
(This one makes more sense if you’ve seen the movie)

I had two very different reactions to this book.

The first was fear. The creep
Hits all the cliche tropes and imagery of Japanese horror films and manga. Drowned girls with long dark hair and dark pits for eyes who hangs upside down from the ceiling or come through the mirror or tv. Light that mysteriously go out and flash on just long enough to see a shocking sight such as a man being dragged under a bed or into a closet. Pooling blood. Claw marks appearing on walls or skin. Creepy dolls (are there any other sort in films?). Because it relies on effects that are primarily ...more
Loved the Japanese culture woven through the story. Loved that the narrator is a ghost of vengeance. Loved the lyrical and beautiful writing. This book was a treat to read. I didn't want to stop reading, and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I don't know how scary it is compared to other horror books since I don't typically read in that genre, but I thought it was ok scary. Not too scary, but a nice even stream of intenseness. While I enjoyed the Japanese influence, there were points ...more
Melissa Martin
I would like to thank Netgalley and Sourcebooks for having this book available to read now.

The Grudge meets, The Ring, meets an awesome book! This book is creepy but in a good way. I loved it!

The girl from the well is named Okiku and she was killed years ago. Her ghost stayed around to kill people that murder children. She's really creepy at first, well she's creepy all along, but she's good! She certainly does some creepy things and makes some creepy noises. I would love to see this as a movi
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3.5 stars

It has been a long time since I’ve read a novel based on a myth so I really did not know what to expect from The Girl from the Well, though I am pleasantly surprised. This novel is based on a popular Japanese ghost story which was about a girl who was murdered, then thrown down a well, head first. As you may already know, I do not read horror novels all that often because quite frankly, I am a wimp. Talk about dolls and my imagination will go flying
Apr 21, 2015 Saskia marked it as sub-on-shelf  ·  review of another edition
edit (15.01.2014): We finally have a Cover!
And I like it. August will be a great book month.

sounds awesome!

Cait Grace
I have to shout one thing first, okay? Okay. Keep calm, just let me get this off my chest:


Aaaand...I'm done. I am! I could end the review here, to be honest. But, I'm not positive you're convinced. (Although, in all honesty? Everyone knows I'm trustworthy and that if I like a book you ought to drop everything and rush out and read it.) But for the SKEPTICS, I will explain.

The Girl From The Well i
Tabitha (Pabkins)
A very high creep quotient

Are you afraid of the dark? Or scary movies features spook children and the like? Then you might want to read with the lights on because The Girl from the Well features that famous urban legend of the Japanese ghost girl from the well – yes exactly the one you are thinking of from that movie The Ring. Heck that movie is even mentioned here in the book. Not only do you have her, Okiku, as the main scary ghost in this book but there is another nasty main ghost plus many g
I was provided a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Much of the book is told through the point of view of Okiku, a spirit who travels upside down because that is how she died. She travels about punishing men who hurt children until she meets Tark, a boy on the cusp of manhood with rather strange tattoos. It turns out that those tattoos imprison another spirit, a darker spirit, and Okiku's attention might be all that can save Tark.

The best part of the book for me was the relation
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

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How apt the description of Dexter meets The Grudge really is. Horror is not really my thing unless I'm in a room full of people, with the lights on. Yet this story was positively entertaining.

The ghost element of the story was perfectly executed (no pun intended). The story of Okiku is actually a real one. I had known movies were based off of the concept, but truly didn't know that it was a real Japanese folklore story.
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So...I've been thinking of trying a new style of reviewing. It is quite simple, really.

Why you should read the book

So, first of all the writing. What a beautiful writing. I think the best way to describe it is as a Japanese writing. While you may think me somewhat not politically correct with that phrase I will explain.

While there are all sorts of writing styles- as many as there are people on this earth, I'd say culture and roots and l
Rin Chupeco
Feb 22, 2014 Rin Chupeco added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE FEBRUARY 2, 2014: Aaand you can read the first three chapters of here:

UPDATE JANUARY 26, 2014: Spiffy new cover is up, and e-ARCs available over at Edelweiss AND at Net Galley!


Just a few things! I'll be updating this again as soon as more information is forthcoming:

1. The Unnatural States of Dead Girls in Wells is now called The Girl from the Well.

2. This is not a romance, but it is a love stor
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an ARC of this book through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.)

Not so much "terribly scary" for me in the end, in that I don't scare easily, yet fascinating nonetheless for its depiction of ghosts, the appearance they have after death, and the imagery it conjured. I could fairly easily picture Okiku, the murderers she targeted and got revenge on in place of the dead children, said children literally latched onto those men's necks and linked to their limbs by spirituals cords...
A Book Vacation
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This novel is intense—from the very beginning—and scary to boot! If you’ve seen The Ring, then you’re familiar with the insanely creepy girl that crawls out of the well, out of the TV, and into the life of strangers—to kill them. Well, that very frightening girl is indeed our narrator! Talk about scary! Now, while the narrator, Okiku, is the same ghost-like figure from the movie, this is not that story. Instead, Chupeco focused heavil
Amir at NotSoLiterary
3.5 Stars

Warning: Creepy pictures included in this review.

Despite my overactive imagination after watching or reading anything scary, I do love the horror genre. I can be embarrassingly sissy afterwards (sleeping with the lights on, peeing with the door open) but there’s just this rush that you get when creeped out and scared…or maybe it’s just twisted ol’ me. When I read the blurb for The Girl from the Well, I immediately requested it because it’s just right up my alley. I mean, who can resist
What a fantastic debut! I'm all about supernatural thrillers, and Japanese culture and myths, and The Girl From The Well combines both with subtle skill. This book has been likened to a cross between "Dexter" and "The Ring", and that is pretty much spot on. Rin Chupeco has created something truly special here, a story of both great beauty and sinister malice. Up until a few days ago I had never heard of this book, so I am fortunate that a fellow Goodreads member sent me the recommendation, as it ...more
I read this ARC via Netgalley.

She died in a well.

Now Okiku wanders the land of the living, finding dead children who cling to the backs of their murderers, and sets them free. When she happens upon Tarquin, a boy whose mother tried to kill him, a boy who is covered in strange moving tattoos, she stays to protect him. There is something inside him trapped by the tattoos, and it's getting stronger...

I love Japanese horror movies, and this book explained a lot of the imagery from those movies. At
I have been reading quite a lot of young adult books lately, and for the most part really enjoying them much more then I ever thought I would. When I found this book on Net Galley months ago, I was a bit hesitant whether to request it or not, because I wasn’t sure what a YA horror novel would entail. What I got was a really very different read, and also a book that I thought was more of an older YA read due to the pretty horrific subject matter.

Tark is a fifteen year old boy who literally has fo
I enjoyed this one! It's creepy and intelligent, and I couldn't put it down. What starts with a terrifying ghost murdering a serial killer ends in a story of Japanese mysticism and legend. Clever and suspenseful.
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
I'm one of those people who are frustratingly immune to women with gnarled, be-twigged, long hair(maybe because I wear the short version); yet play a face screaming so wide, jaws opened like a hippopotamus and a sound system to bloody my bloody eardrums, if the shock doesn't give me a heart attack, and pride lets me, I'll be out like the fucking roadrunner. Traditional horror movies fall basically in either of the two categories and if there's one thing I can say with certainty about The Girl Fr ...more
Melissa Chung
The Girl From the Well is a creep-tastic Japanese-esque horror novel. The narrator is a three hundred year old ghost named Okiku, who travels the globe in search for her next victim. Okiku is a vengeful spirit who attacks and kills humans who harm and murder children. One day she comes across a fifteen year old boy named Tark who is different than other humans. Okiku can't place why she is drawn to him but she is.

Through the story you meet Tark's father Doug, his mother Yoko and his cousin Call
I admit I don't usually read YA horror, but there was something compelling about the summary of this book that made me request it. The Girl from the Well is a book that people are either going to love or hate. Unfortunately, I fall into the latter category.

My biggest issue, I think, was the writing style. The book is told from multiple 3rd person perspectives which made it hard to connect to the story. Furthermore, it changed perspectives without warning - I would have preferred a break in the
Megan (YABookers)
Jun 30, 2014 Megan (YABookers) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in Japanese culture and ghost stories. Fans of the horror genre.
I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

Actual Rating - 4.5

'This Okiku only remembered pain, suffering, hate, vengeance. Time had taught me to temper the malice within. But for a long long time, I was a great and terrible thing. I was a creature that found pleasure in the ripping. In the tearing. I am no longer that monster. But memories of that creature still lurk within this well. There are some things that never fully die.'

Okiku is a ghost. She kills those who kill children. Hund
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