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The Witching Well

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It's the end of the world…

…as Murray Macabe knows it. The security of his home life has been ripped out from under him when his mother was brutally murdered. Rejected by his aunt, Murray only has one place left to go, and that's to live the rest of his life with a woman he barely knows.

To Grandmother's House He Goes

At first, life with his grandmother doesn't seem like i
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published July 25th 2018 by Grinning Skull Press
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Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder and witches and scorch-roaches Oh My! Supernatural elements and mystery abound in this engaging YA novel about a young boy uprooted from his home. When Murray's mother is killed he has no choice but to move in with Grandma Anna, a woman he barely knows since his mother and she kept very little contact over the years. Grandma Ana lives in a very strange neighborhood occupied by a vicious dog and odd neighbors who hate children and keep strange secrets. Grandma has lived there for years wit ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
The Witching Well is a quick read featuring a 13 year old boy that is trying to start over after his mother’s (violent) death. It is a young adult novel with some middle grade tendencies toward the beginning.

Unfortunately, for the first part of the novel, The Witching Well and I didn’t get along terribly well . The prose never really allowed me to totally lose myself in it. I found myself thinking often that it just didn’t feel ‘natural’. This was especially the case when we were looking out fro
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Review: THE WITCHING WELL by S. D. Hintz

Who knew picturesque Northern Minnesota could be so dangerous, so magical, so--dare I say it--witchy? S. D. Hintz knows, and now we readers know too. THE WITCHING WELL is a very fast-paced, snappy, edgy tale of a 13-year-old who has tragically lost his mother to murder. Taken in by his maternal grandmother Anna, Murray moves to her house in tiny Windom, Minnesota. He's scarcely there a day when one vicious neighbor sics his Rottweiler on Murray, another gi
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Swiftly introducing a wealth of dark characters, author S. D. Hintz draws middle-grade readers quickly into a macabre world where a bike ride might be the road to safety or oblivion. But “Runnin’ from our problems ain’t gonna fix ‘em” says 13-year-old Murray’s only friend in this aged place. But his grandmother’s not running; she seems almost blind to the dangers, ready always to see the best in his neighbors why Murray learns to fear them. Still, Grandma has secrets of her own…

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Stuart West
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
S. D. Hintz's tale, The Witching Well, is being marketed as a Young Adult title, but its great fun for all ages. It tells the saga of poor 13-year-old Murray Macabe whose life is unexpectedly and tragically disrupted by the sudden loss of a loved one. Shuttled off to his eccentric grandmother's neighborhood, Murray soon finds himself up to his neck in evil, ol' biddy witches and murder. Well-written with a truly relatable protagonist, the book rides suspense and mystery through to the gripping c ...more
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S.D. Hintz has published 5 short stories, 1 poem, and a novel this year — Vigilance & Vengeance (novel) by Solstice Publishing (late 2017), Bellows by Dark Alley Press in Ink Stains, Volume 4, Housecall by MacKenzie Publishing in the Two Eyes Open anthology, Temporary in The Misbehaving Dead collection by A Murder of Storytellers, The Devil’s Embrace in the Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths antho ...more