The Girl from the Well.
Booklist Reviews 2014 September #2
Okiku is a Japanese spirit of unavenged murders, and within the first few pages, readers see how she exacts her business. By appearing to murderers not yet weighed down by their consciences, she hunts them into what seems like death, their last words begging for clemency and help that will never come. In the same city, Tark, a teenage boy, is dealing with a mentally ill mother, a cross-country move, and mysterious tattoos that seem to cause weird and unexplained phenomena to happen around him. Part of the horror is Okiku, and part of it is trying to figure out why Tark is haunted and what's haunting him. There's a superior creep factor that is pervasive in every lyrical word of Chupeco's debut, and it's perfect for teens who enjoy traditional horror movies and stories. Told from Okiku's perspective as a long-dead girl, the novel has a tone that may make it hard to sympathize with the characters, but the story is solidly scary and well worth the read, especially with the clever, poetic writing style when Okiku is on the prowl. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2014 June #3
Chupeco makes a powerful debut with this unsettling ghost story, drawing from the same ancient Japanese legend that inspired The Ring and other horror pieces. Okiku is a vengeful spirit who wanders the world, tracking down those who abuse and murder children, killing them to free their victims' souls. When Okiku encounters 15-year-old Tark Halloway, she discovers that he's haunted by a terrifying spirit who is capable of great violence. Okiku has dispassionately existed only to take vengeance, and the unexpected fondness she develops for Tark and his cousin Callie eventually takes them to Japan, where Okiku confronts her own tragic origin and sees a chance to rid Tark of his demon. Told in a marvelously disjointed fashion from Okiku's numbers-obsessed point of view, this story unfolds with creepy imagery and an intimate appreciation for Japanese horror, myth, and legend. The tropes Chupeco invokes will be familiar to any fan of J-horror, but the execution is spine-tingling, relying more on cinematic cuts than outright gore. Ages 14–up. Agent: Nicole LaBombard and Rebecca Podos, Rees Literary Agency. (Aug.)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC