Image of The Girl from the Well


Image of The Girl from the Well

Prepare to sleep with a light on! The Girl from the Well is part The Ring, part The Grudge and part The Exorcist. But even more than that, it’s a fantastically creepy story sure to keep readers up at night. It’s hard to believe this is Chupeco’s first book out, as she not only displays noteworthy writing skills, but has done a phenomenal job with characterization, pacing and setting, which alternates between the States and Japan. The question can be raised: Can a murderous entity be likable? Ultimately, that’s up to the reader to decide, but Okiku is one of the most interesting YA characters to date.

Okiku is a murdering ghost bent on revenge against child killers. In the realm of the living is Callie, a teacher’s assistant who is worried about her cousin Tarquin and the strange tattoos on his body that his mentally ill mother placed there. What Callie doesn’t know is that there’s something terribly wrong with Tarquin, something ominous that resides just under his skin. It’s a race against time as Callie tries to save her cousin from a doomed fate. But what role could Okiku possibly play in all of this? (SOURCEBOOKS, Aug., 304 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9781402292187, HC, 14 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Susannah Balch