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The Well by Catherine Chanter
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it was amazing


I found the atmosphere of The Well to be dark and unsettling. The book begins with Ruth under house arrest in her own home, which is known as The Well. She is guilty of something, but of what, it’s all a bit unclear and maybe she is guilty of more than we know. The story is narrated by Ruth drifting from the present to her unhappy and confused recent past. She, like most of the characters we meet, isn’t wholly reliable. I didn’t really trust her from the start, but then again none of the characters seem to trust each other much either.

Then there’s the Well itself, it’s part farmland with water and trees. You’d think it was an ideal location to escape to the countryside. Ruth and her husband purchase it to get away from city life and their old problems. They grow crops and raise farm animals. But no! It proves to be weird. While the whole of Britain is suffering with a destructive two year drought, it rains as normal only at the Well. The Well is a fertile oasis. Why that should be nobody seems to know. Maybe it’s a natural phenomenon or maybe it’s not. The locals are becoming suspicious and resentful. It all adds to the intrigue and the simmering backdrop of unease.

But the book is really a ‘whodunit’ written in an eerie setting with dubious, slightly unhinged characters. Ruth’s grandson Lucien goes missing and we are in search of the person or people responsible. They are all of questionable character and it could be any or all of them to be honest.

The author keeps our attention with little side stories, intricate details and unusual characters. The strained relationships of Ruth’s family are explored. There is much love but problems too. Over three days it seemed like quite a long read. But it is engrossing and beautifully written with always an added ingredient to keep your interest. I was lost in the mystery and unnerving atmosphere.

I really enjoyed the book as a whole. The style of writing, themes, interesting individuals and the feel it gave me. I can fully appreciate the different reactions of other readers to this book, but I’m giving it 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Reading Progress

February 18, 2015 – Shelved
February 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 5, 2015 – Started Reading
March 5, 2015 –
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March 7, 2015 –
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March 9, 2015 – Finished Reading

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