Monday, June 29, 2015

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco [Joint Review!]

  3 out of 5 Robots!

The Girl From the Well By Rin Chupeco

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Release: August 5, 2014
Hardcover:  267 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
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 strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!

1. What are your thoughts on The Girl From the Well
Shannon:  It was a nice change of pace to read a horror novel for once.  I thought it was a pretty decent horror novel at that.  It very much reminded me of The Ring or The Grudge.  I wouldn't say it scared me, but it certainly was creepy!
Julia: The Girl from the Well is pretty captivating and creepy. I would love to read this during Halloween. If you like a good ghost story, this is for you. You should probably not mind violence though!

2. Is Okiku the appropriate narrator? Would you have preferred anyone else? 
Shannon: I love a non-traditional narrator.  So in that regard I was really happy.  The only problem sometimes is that you lose out on other parts of the story and characters.  And that's a little what happened here.  While I really liked that Okiku was our narrator, I do think we didn't get a chance to get to know the other characters as well.  That made it a little harder to get into the relationships between the other characters. But as a horror story, it was fine.
Julia:  Okiku is a perfect narrator. I am so glad it was her, it is a pleasant surprise and good change of pace. There is a lack of connection to the other characters, but I think that is more of a writing issue than Okiku not letting us in on what's going on. I wish we would've gotten to delve more into Okiku's past.

3. What is your favorite part of The Girl from the Well? 
Shannon: The creepy factor!  I really liked Okiku's revenge and the idea of the victims' ghosts being attached to their killers until Okiku kills the murder and sets them free.  This was the most compelling part of the story to me.

Julia: I loved the violent revenge and having the view point of Okiku. The legend is also fascinating. 
4. Was there anything you could have done without? 
Shannon: I wasn't so into the trip to the shrine near the end of the book.  I dunno.  I just couldn't get into it.
Julia:  Yoko, Tark's mother, is annoying. I wanted to love finding out about her and the shrine, but couldn't get into it. I just felt like it was another story inside the story, that took away from Okiku's plot. I know that sounds ridiculous, especially because they're all intertwined.

5. Is the conclusion satisfying? 
Shannon:  I thought so.  I liked it well enough.  I liked that there was a definite end, but that a little window was open for the future.  
Julia:  I was satisfied by the ending! I didn't expect it... wish it would've come sooner. This would have been better as a short horror story.

6. Rating and recommendation?
Shannon:  I would rate this 3.5.  I liked it pretty well as a horror novel, but I wasn't blown away. I do think anyone who likes creepy ghost horror stories should check this one out.
Julia:  Three stars. I liked it enough to rate it higher, until I felt like it was never going to end. It is entertaining enough and I would recommend it to anyone that's into a ghostly revenge story. Perfect read for a fall weekend!! 

1 comment :

  1. I had higher hopes for this book, especially because at my age horror stories really don't scare me anymore. I think I will take the suggestion to read it at Halloween time. Maybe if it is still warm in October I will walk up the street to the old cemetery. I live only a few blocks from the oldest graveyard in my area and haven't been inside since we moved here ten years ago. *hangs head in shame* It still has the Victorian era picnic area with fancy stone benches and a monolith. I seems like the perfect place to read a ghost story. :)



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