Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
First things first, I am a fan of Horror, Thriller, or Mystery movies, that’s why every weekend I have this habit of watching this kind of movie, especially in the afternoon while eating lunch. Hehe. Though I am not that brave enough or strong enough to watch these kinds of movies, I still love watching them.
Wait wait wait… Why am I telling you this? Well, I just want you to tell some background story before I proceed in my review. Hehe. Just kidding. The reason is that because I love watching this kind of movie, it is rare for me to read books in the same genre also. I have read some books before, but it does not give me any “chills” or it does not pass the “frightening” vibe for me.
But, when I saw The Girl from the Well in Netgalley because of its re-issue, I immediately requested it. It’s been on my to-be-read list, and I was thinking that time to finally read it.
So, what are my thoughts during and after I read it?
First, I will be completely honest with myself, when I started reading it, there was an adjustment period for me in the first few chapters. There were times that it was hard for me to be immersed in the story, I guess it’s because it was a “horror” genre book. Soon enough, I was able to adapt and enjoyed (I don’t know if ENJOY is the right term for a horror book. Haha) reading it.
Second, I love the concept or the story of this book. It was like The Grudge/The Ring movie, that’s why it was easy for me to imagine the scenes in the book. And there were times while I was reading the book, I felt chills, which was a sign for me that I was truly immersed and frightened.
Third, the characters were lovable, especially Okiku. I know you will laugh at this, but, I was rooting for Okiku and Tark. Haha! I love the character development of these two characters in the story. As for Callie, it was so-so for me.
Fourth, it was my first Rin Chupeco book, and I am now sure why most of my book friends are loving her works. I will now binge some of her works, I’m sure of it. 😊
And lastly, to those who want to experience CHILLS the same as me, please please read “The Girl from the Well”. If you like a ghost or horror with a Japanese setting like The Ring or The Grudge, I recommend this one!