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Title: The Girl From the Well
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Synopsis: You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.
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.
The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.
Why?: I never saw The Ring (the US version or the original Japanese one) since I've only recently started watching/enjoying horror movies, but the story really interests me. This book seems like it will be just as terrifying but since it's told from the perspective of the girl, I think it will be really interesting. Why does she haunt people (other than the fact that some jerk threw her down a well)? How is her fate tied to the fate of the strange boy? What is the boy's secret?! I just have so many questions!
Expectations: I really enjoyed "Dexter" - both the TV series and the first book - so I'm hoping that a girl who kills murderers will be just as intriguing as a serial killer who kills serial killers. Well, except she's a ghost and not a blood splatter analyst. I'm also expecting this book to be absolutely terrifying. And have a lot of mystery. Maybe even some magic? I've got pretty high expectations for this book even though I haven't read anything from Rin Chupeco or read any reviews for The Girl From the Well.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is nice and creepy, and I think it fits the title pretty well. Except that there isn't an actual well on it... and I kind of wish there was. It makes me think that crows will be important to the story. I do like the colors and how the tree branches look dead though, and the typography of the title. I'd be pretty likely to pick this book up based on the cover alone.