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Amazon Rising Star, 2015
What if you might have committed a shocking act of violence?
What if that act of violence was the murder of your own grandchild?
It hasn’t rained in Britain for three years. Except at The Well, Ruth and Mark’s rural property, their haven from the pressures of the city. But their lush garden paradise has made the outside world envious and suspicious, and the idyll soon turns sour.
Then Lucien arrives, the child to brighten their lives, and the sisters of the rose set up camp, drawn by the miracle of the rain.
And Ruth is swept inexorably towards her darkest nightmare.
Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.
‘The Well asks us where do we seek refuge, and why? And perhaps it shows us that what is left, after all is suffered, is love. Battered, weathered, at the end of the novel it comes cresting over the hill, a herald of relief. I loved this book!’
‘This accomplished debut…is both a futuristic evocation of a Big Brother society and an Ibsenite fable of humans faced with limited resources.’
‘An intense psychological thriller that frightened and entertained me for three straight nights…It’s a powerful novel for our anxious times, and an exciting debut.’
‘The Well is a revelation. It has a poetic, graceful, and emotionally vivid soul and the heart of a thriller.‘
‘Suspense-building, supernatural undercurrents charge this haunting novel about ordinary people confronted by extraordinary situations.’
‘The story has the pulse of a thriller combined with a futuristic evocation of a Big Brother society and an Ibsenite fable of humans faced with limited resources.’
‘This book is extraordinary…intoxicating…This is proper feminist post-apocalyptic fiction.‘
‘Catherine Chanter’s debut is superb: frighteningly assured, its themes are deftly tied together and it manages to maintain real suspense.‘
‘This story ripples with mystery and intrigue from the first page.’
‘Combining gripping mystery, nuanced psychological drama, and striking prose, this debut is a mesmerizing read.’
‘Chanter’s characters are both credible and complex. Her descriptive prose is wonderfully evocative…This thought-provoking novel is a brilliant debut.’
‘The Well is a remarkably strong debut, drawing from a broad cross-section of genres to emerge as something else entirely—a seductive, inventive mystery and an absorbing read.’
‘A strong literary page turner.’
‘There is undeniable power – both of ideas and execution.’
‘A tour de force about ordinary people caught in the tide of an extraordinary situation, Catherine Chanter’s The Well is a haunting, beautifully written, and utterly believable novel.‘
‘This powerful novel is more emotional than political, but as a story foreshadowing a very possible future, it will strike a chord with readers of fiction and nonfiction alike.’
‘The Well is a powerfully compelling read…This is an intriguingly created world, full of intentional holes and blurred colours, set within the wondrous and unknowable nature of The Well itself.’
‘Its story and narrative voice will put many readers under a deliciously shivery spell.’
‘The book is mesmerising and, like Ruth, drives you in the quest for clarity and resolution. I was not disappointed.’
‘Gripping…Although the mystery surrounding Lucien’s murder unfolds with real power and intensity, it is The Well’s portrait of an increasingly intrusive and bureaucratic state that’s both more plausible and truly chilling.’
‘A remarkable book…This story is apocalyptic: it tells of one property, in prose that pours (unlike the rain) from the writer’s hand, packed with emotion, intelligence and above all, story-telling.’
‘A whirling dervish of a novel that surprises at every turn.’
‘The Well is a haunting novel that probes the fragility of our personal relationships and the mystical connection between people and the places they call home.’
‘The disturbing dystopian vision calls to mind fiction by Margaret Atwood and Michel Faber although stylistically Chanter has developed a strong voice of her own.’
‘A compelling read follows, involving relationships, trust and a mystery.’