Will grab your heart and not let go

The Well: A Novel - Catherine Chanter

Recently one of the book sites I follow asked when the last time was that I knew from the first page that I was going to love a book.  This was the book.  And it never disappointed me at any time.  To me, this is what great literature is all about.   Each and every chapter grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go. 


The book centers around The Well, which is a plot of land recently purchased by a middle-aged couple who are trying to make a new start in life.  This takes place during a period when there has been a terrible drought throughout Britain, causing severe water shortages and new rules and laws imposed by the government; however, it’s still raining at The Well.  Of course, that brings up all kinds of doubts and fears about this couple and their land.  Is there something scientific causing this peculiarity or is the woman a witch – or possibly even a messiah?


While The Well is a paradise for Ruth and Mark, it comes with a heavy price.  When tragedy strikes their family, the suspense and horror builds as they try to unravel what actually happened and who was to blame.  As their world is torn apart, they struggle with trust and forgiveness and try to hold on to their own sanity.  I was completely absorbed in this book and so many parts struck a deep chord in me.


Catherine Chanter has the heart of a poet and has constructed a beautifully written work of art.  The Well and its inhabitants will haunt you long after you lay this book down.


An ARC of this book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.