The Girl From the Well

The Girl From the Well

eBook - 2014
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I am where dead children go. Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they're due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on. Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen's skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There's just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host.
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781402292194
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Call Number: eBook


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DCLadults Oct 13, 2017

In this reimagining of the Japanese folktale “Okiku and the Nine Plates,” a vengeful ghost wanders Earth to free the souls of those who’ve been murdered. YA.

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IndyPL_KaseyP Feb 08, 2019

A few years ago, Japanese horror had a surge in popularity. The Ring. The Grudge. All based on characters who encountered an Onryo ( a Japanese vengence ghost). This story goes back to the source of that legend. More than that, it tells the story from the perspective of the ghost! A tragic figure yes, but one that has found purpose in fighting back. And now she is faced with fighting for the life of a teenage boy, against a creature, not even she has encountered in her long centuries of afterlife. A unique and engrossing read.

Mar 24, 2018

I have always striven for detachment, a disinterest in the living. Their preoccupation with each breath of air, the brevity of their lifetimes, and their numerous flaws do not inspire sympathy in me. I can plumb their minds and wander the places they frequent, but they hold little significance.

I do not care to remember names. I do not care to recognize faces.

But this one is called Tarquin Halloway.

He has a cousin named Callie Starr.

His eyes are very bright blue.

He is lonely.

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

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


Okiku is the girl from the well. She is what goes bump in the night for those who abuse and murder children. She has been doing this for three centuries and she is very good at what she does. Though she guides lost, suffering souls to where they belong, she does not feel that she deserves the same freedom. At least not until she meets an innocent tattooed boy who is enveloped by evil.

This story is definitely one the more interesting ones I've read this year. I like the little creepy scenes where Okiku takes her vengeance out on deserving murderers, and I definitely like the general creepy feel of the book, and as debut novel, I think the author did really well with this.

My only problem with it is the writing style. I really enjoyed the way she brought words together, however there are certain parts that we're a little off-putting for me. Some of the dialogue felt a little forced, and the description of Tokyo felt more like a paragraph taken from Wikipedia.

Other than that, I really enjoyed it.

Feb 20, 2017

"I am where the dead children go"......this book has ghosts..demons...doll possession...curses..mysterious tattoos...murderers....legends...and more........loved the Japanese culture woven through the story....will definitely read the sequel THE SUFFERING

Jan 18, 2017

Okiku is a lonely ghost. She's been wandering around the world for centuries seeking out those who murder and hurt young children, like she had been once been killed. But she still drifts on until she meets Tark, a strange boy covered in tattoos. Okiku knows he needs to be freed from his demons that cling to him but if the demon dies, so does the host.
This was my first time reading a novel that follows Japanese folklore so it was definitely something new and I actually really liked it. It was a little hard to follow because I couldn't tell if it was being written in more than one perspective because if it did, they weren't clean changes. Other than that it was very interesting and I'm definitely going to check out the second book in this series.
- @Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 21, 2016

This book was really good, I enjoyed it A LOT, and the second one is just as good (thankfully)

Jun 09, 2015

Good book

eringate May 03, 2015

This being my first horror novel, I found it breathtaking and an enchanting story about a spirit who, with the knowledge that her soul will probably never be set free, sets upon exacting revenge on humans who perform unspeakable evils.

I really enjoyed this story and while horror is not my favorite genre to read, I was pleasantly surprised at how hard it was to put this book down. Rin Chupeco did a fantastic job for a debut and I look forward to what she has to offer in the future.

Dec 17, 2014

An amazing book with an interesting format. It was so creepy it kept me up at night. I cannot get past the children who saw the scary woman in black versus the woman in white. it was truly a great read, probably best suited as a horror book.

vmccreedy Nov 13, 2014

Japanese ghost stories always scare me the most, and this one is no exception. Love the way the story unfolds as you learn more about the main character and why she does what she does. Creepy and scary, but also surprising touching.

Sep 12, 2014

Beautifully written, very different premise that completely captures your attention, and a story that will stay with you. Very good book. The book is listed as "young adult", not true. I think it got this rating because several characters are teen or in their twenties. There are also many adults in the story and one character who is three hundred years old.

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Jun 09, 2015

This is a thrilling and intense horror book about ghosts and murder.


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Sep 12, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Standard Japanese ghost scenes plus killings of child molesters.


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Jun 09, 2015

The girl from the well, she didn't know any better

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