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

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,571 Ratings  ·  826 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
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Rin Chupeco The main inspiration for this book was from an old Japanese legend called the Bancho Sarayashiki. Yamamura Sadako, the Ring's villainess was also…moreThe main inspiration for this book was from an old Japanese legend called the Bancho Sarayashiki. Yamamura Sadako, the Ring's villainess was also based on that legend; hence any similarities (a well also figures heavily in the original Japanese tale). (less)
Samantha Harle it is fine i read it and it was amazing just know what she can handle and what she can't
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Khanh (the Grinch)
“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
Lola  Reviewer

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
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

We are the fates that people fear to become. We are what happens to good persons and to bad persons and to everyone in between. Murdered deads live in storms without season, in time without flux. We do not go because people do not let us go.

I frankly haven’t heard of this book before, or I genuinely just don’t remember it, until, I read an article about it the other month. Readit here.

I usually shy away from anything horror related, mainly because I’m a complete wuss. Even though, I’ve seen han
Neil (or bleed)
"It is only for few seconds. But when you have resigned yourself to an eternity filled with little else but longing, a few seconds is enough."

This book should be scary, right? But why it doesn't felt like one? If I could rate the scary/creepy level of this book from 1 to 5 (1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest), I will give it a 2.5.

There are few scary scenes that are scary enough but most are just okay. Meh. Compared to Nova Ren Suma's Imaginary Girls, this book fell short in terms of giving
Aug 19, 2014 Giselle rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, own, horror
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
Jan 16, 2016 Inge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ghosts
This is a rare case of "sequel is better than prequel" for me. Where The Suffering was truly terrifying and had a magnificently scary setting, The Girl From the Well lacked that feeling. Told from Okiku's perspective, the whole story felt more distant and detached. Still, I enjoyed reading the beginning of this series, and more things make sense now.
Dax Varley
Gotta have!

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Beatrice Masaluñga
Oct 25, 2015 Beatrice Masaluñga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The Girl from the Well successfully gave me the chills and scared the hell out of me and I didn't expect it. It was like The Grudge / The Ring (both Japanese version) in book form. I remember that time when my friends and I had The Grudge: Ju On movie marathon and there are lot of jump scares. Especially, Kayako Saeki crawling down the damn stairs and have this eerie voice is etched forever in my mind. After reading this book… YES! I finally found a good Halloween book!

The story is about a v
Apr 26, 2014 Figgy rated it really liked it
WARNING - This review WILL include gifs and images that might disturb.

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
May 15, 2015 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
After having read a few milder ghost stories I was in the mood for something darker, scarier, and down right thrilling.

What I wasn't expecting was this horrific, crazy, down right creepy story that would leave me turning the lights on at night and anxiously looking around for the ghosts that might be lurking in said darkness.

This read was fabulous! The perfect creepy blend of Japanese lore with American culture.

Ghosts, demons, doll possession, curses, mysterious tattoos, murderers, legends, and
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
'I am where dead children go.'

I've never read a Young Adult book with Asian lore sprinkled in. So when I found out that this features a Japanese horror story, I was morbidly excited and curious.

I open The Girl From The Well with one expectation.

It has to be batshit scary.

If anyone is familiar with the horror movies The Grudge or The Ring, then this book will remind you strongly of them. The Girl From The Well features a very restless and violent ghost who goes by the name Okiku. Like every other
Franco  Santos
No me gustó. Personajes que jamás lograron interesarme, historia muy cliché, no da miedo y en su mayor parte es aburrida. Literalmente no pasa nada hasta los últimos tres capítulos. No lo recomiendo.
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
Cait (Paper Fury)
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
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Oct 30, 2015 Stephanie (Bookfever.♥) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie (Bookfever.♥) by: Jennifer
Starting The Girl from the Well I was a little on the fence about it because when it comes to Japanese horror stories I'm a total wuss. Really. The movie The Ring scared the crap out of me. And there were some seriously creepy parts in the book but I ended up really liking the story, especially the author's writing style.

This was really a unique story, in my opinion, because it was told from the point of view of Okiku, a centuries' old spirit that hunts down child murderers and unleashes her wra
Jul 11, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it
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
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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
Taylor Knight
May 30, 2015 Taylor Knight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl from the Well is a very exciting and impressive debut from Rin Chupeco.
When I first seen this book in Barnes and Noble, I'd never seen it before or heard anything about it.
I guessed it was horror and grabbed right away. I'm really glad I did.

Right from the first page, this book got my full attention and never let go. I was really impressed with the
writing and concept. At times I was a little bit confused because of the fast pace but I think I was just reading too fast to take it all in.
This actually started out good:

I am where dead children go.

Unfortunately the writing style _ 3rd person_ with its changing pov's: It is the ghost? Is it the aunt? _ rapidly made me lose my interest on it.
The only reason I didn't DNF it, was because I have the arc of second in the series to read...
Yay me.

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
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!

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TL;DR Review

2.5 to 3 stars. Not badly written… I’m just disappointed by the squandered potential. I’m going to reread Anna Dressed in Blood to make myself feel better about this

Longer Review:

This book calls itself Dexter meets The Grudge. I’m starting to really hate when books try to say that it’s similar to other books. I don’t know whose job it is to come up with these blurbs, but they need to get their priorities straight. First, this is nothing, and I mean no
May 17, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost, supernatural, ya
THE GIRL FROM THE WELL is the first book in a series by author Rin Chupeco. The story began strong, introducing us to the centuries-old ghost of Okiku, a murdered girl whose spirit now wanders about in search of evil humans preying on innocents. Her story alone, was worth reading this book for.

When we meet Tark, we first learn that his Japanese mother is "crazy", and has tried to kill him in the past. For some reason, Okiku is bound to him, and to whatever fate awaits him...

I loved learning abou
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Dec 25, 2015 Cee (The Mistress Case) marked it as dnf-skimmed-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ Chapter 10. Are you kidding me? I'm only on Chapter 10.

When I rage-review, it looks something like this:

I had a feeling I would rage-review, but that isn't the case. Instead, I'm bored as fuck and I don't even have the patience anymore. I came here for horror. Scare me. Can't scare me? Interest me then, instead of boring me to death with the narrator's voice/pov. Especially when you have the ghost talking about herself in third person AND first person. The least I can do is give her points
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I remembered seeing a lot of this book when it was first published last year. To be completely honest, I didn't remember what those reviews said, but when I got an invitation to read the second book, The Suffering, I was immediately tempted to give it a try.

Okiku is based on an old Japanese ghost story, only in this case she Dexter-like hunts down child murderers and kills them. This she has been doing for the last three hundred years,
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Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.

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“It is not in my nature to be interested in the living.

But there are many things, I have found, that defy nature.”
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