Book Review: The Girl from the Well

Are you afraid of ghosts? No, well you should be and this book does a great job of reminding you of what fear is really like.

“The Girl from the Well” is written by Rin Chupeco, published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 5, 2014, and is available for purchase on Amazon and other retailers.

Now, as this is my first official book review  I’ll go through a series of elements that caught my attention and what made this book unique beyond belief.

Category 1: Point of View

Starting off, the tale is told from the first person/ third person point of view. Usually a favorite for fiction novels, first person creates a personal account of the events and how the character reacts both physically and emotionally. From chapter one, you are seeing through the eyes of Okiku, a spirit that has chosen to remain on earth and avenge the wrongfully murdered. However, when the scenes don’t include Okiku, the reader remains at a distance in a third person point of view. Still, it doesn’t dilute the potency of the overall plot and character development. This way of storytelling was refreshing and pretty cool.

Category 2: Setting

I can show you the world. Literally. This book takes place in multiple settings. The world is a museum and it feels like an authentic tour. During the introduction, Tark and his father move to the town of Applegate. Although they spend a few chapters here, everything that occurs in this town does well to further the plot. The next part takes place in Japan. When Tark’s cousin Callie visits Japan, she is treated to an informative tour. This section itself adds an authentic feel to her surroundings and helps the reader feel like the place is real.

Category 3: Theme

The overall message, in my opinion, is overcoming fear. Throughout this novel, Okiku is the manifestation of anger and grief from her previous life. Tark is a boy cursed to bear his mother’s past decisions. Still, it is noted throughout how Tark is level-headed and calm; especially when it comes to Okiku. Through his bravery, he is able to make a significant difference. Okiku has made her own progress when it comes to doing what would make others squeamish and reluctant. However, she wants to prevent others from being held against their will by those who wrong them.

Category 5: Genre

It’s not your typical horror novel, but I particularly adore this form of literature. The ability to send chills down your reader’s spine is a unique skill. The novel does an excellent job of painting a tragic tale of the protagonist but includes the creepy and off the wall element to pull the reader in.

Category 6: Plot

The main story revolves around the two main protagonists. Okiku, a vengeful spirit that has chosen to remain on earth to combat injustice, and Tark, a boy cursed with his own personal demons. The two have to travel from the safety of one world to a foreign world, uncover the truth to Tark’s past, and hopefully undo the mistakes of his mother before it’s too late.

Category 7: Cover Design

I’m going to be honest, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do as a writer was designing the cover. It’s difficult to capture your story in just one collaboration of images on the front of your book. For this one though, it does an excellent job of capturing the gritty and creepy atmosphere you feel from the story.


Like I mentioned earlier, this is purely my opinion. I think that this book is amazing! To me, the plot is what draws me in the most. It’s so beyond the normal and invites you into a captivating world of horror and legends. There was nothing that I particularly disliked about the story. I definitely would read more by Rin Chupeco. She proves to have the talent to go outside the conventional and create a tale that is unforgettable. I would highly recommend this book. If you enjoy creepy and endearing tales, I urge you to pick up this book.

Thank you for reading this review. If you liked this format of review, let me know. If you would like for me to change it up a little, leave a comment. Aside from that, thanks again for tuning in.

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