‘One summer was all it took before our dream started to curl at the edges and stain like picked primroses. One night is enough to swallow a lifetime of lives.’
When Ruth Ardingly and her family first drive up from London in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a place, a farm that appears to offer everything the family are searching for. An opportunity for Ruth. An escape for Mark. A home for their grandson Lucien.
But The Well’s unique glory comes at a terrible price. The locals suspect foul play in its verdant fields and drooping fruit trees, and Ruth becomes increasingly isolated as she struggles to explain why her land flourishes whilst her neighbours’ produce withers and dies. Fearful of envious locals and suspicious of those who seem to be offering help, Ruth is less and less sure who she can trust.
As The Well envelops them, Ruth’s paradise becomes a prison, Mark’s dream a recurring nightmare, and Lucien’s playground a grave.
Firstly I would like to thank the publisher books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review.
I absolutely loved how the book opens it drew me in straight away. The well seemed to me a very eerie interesting place with a sense of mystery.
Its then when I was about 70 pages in I sadly started to limp through the book it felt like it was stretched out to far and maybe could of been a shorter novel in my opinion. It was very wordy for me which also made the general flow of the book difficult. It wasn’t a book where you can race through, its one of those books you would want to have on the bedside table and read every so often.
3 of 5 stars