Oct 17, 2015

All About Books Weekend - Book Review: The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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Review by Suze

After a traumatic death Okiku has become something murderers ought to fear. She kills them to free the spirits of their victims. She's wandered the earth on her own for centuries and surprises herself when she meets Tark, a boy who carries an angry spirit under his skin, and stays around. His tattoos have been used to bind this evil and even though he carries something awful in his body it doesn't mean he's evil himself. The spirit is getting stronger and Tark needs help, but is Okiku the one who can give it to him?

Tark's cousin Callie believes in spirits. She can see Okiku and she's slowly getting used to the idea of being near her. Tark needs someone he can trust and Callie will do everything she can to save her cousin. Tark's father doesn't want to know about what's happening to his son though. His mother is the one with the answers, but the question is if she'll be able to provide them... 

The Girl from the Well is such a great book. I immediately loved the idea of using the old Japanese legend of Okiku for a contemporary story. Rin Chupeco has done her research and I enjoyed reading her story very much. Everything works really well. There are enough thrilling moments, there is time for the reader to get to know the main characters and the ending is great. The story is both fascinating and gripping. I couldn't put this book down and had to know what would happen to Tark. 

I liked that The Girl from the Well is set in two different countries. That gave the story extra depth. The tattoo aspect is interesting, I was curious to find out more about it. Fortunately this is just the first book in the series. The second part is called The Suffering. I can't wait to see how the story will continue. 


  1. Very interesting, it's amazing all the Influences on Japanese culture Okiku has had.

  2. I can't wait to start reading this! So glad you liked it. And that cover is wicked, isn't it?!


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