Friday, April 22, 2011
Book Review: The Well
The Well by Peter Labrow.
Trapped. Missing. Cursed. Fourteen-year-old Becca Richards and her stepbrother have fallen to the bottom of an ancient well. Their parents are away; they won't be missed for days. The predatory man who had been stalking Becca now switches his attentions to her best friend. Two women who know where Becca is trapped are desperate that she should never escape. Over the course of a week, family, friends and strangers are drawn together by a terrible shared fate - from which not all will escape. 'The Well' is a darkly gripping tale about how we respond to the hand fate has dealt us - and the consequences of our choices. The Well deftly intertwines a story of supernatural horror with a tale of one of the greatest fears of modern life. As the book progresses, the two stories become one - driving relentlessly towards a single, thrilling finale. The Well is a fast-paced, riveting story that will grip you - and keep you guessing - until the very end.
Contemporary horror with a supernatural twist. The Well is a horrifying blend of supernatural evil and the darker side of human nature. Peter Labrow weaves a tortured tale of horrors, past and present, that entangle and ensnare both victim and malefactor. The lives of multiple characters are entwined in this realistic, emotional story. Labrow presents flawed characters that are at once identifiable and believable. These are characters that readers can have strong feeling for. I found myself tensely rooting for the survival of some characters and vehemently wishing for the demise of others. If you are looking for a haunting tale of horror that delves deep into human motivations (sex/pleasure, survival/self preservation...), then this is the book for you. A dark work that will appeal to fans of psychological and supernatural horror.
I recommend The Well to readers of contemporary, psychological, and supernatural horror.
Sensitive reader warning: sexual situations, sexual predation of minors, language, death and violence.
Source: This book was provided by the author or publisher for honest review.
Don't miss our Q+A with author Peter Labrow May 12th! We will be giving away one signed paperback copy of The Well by Peter Labrow.
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Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.