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The Well [Kindle Edition]

Peter Labrow
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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.

Set in Bankside, a quiet Lancashire town that hides many secrets, 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.

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Peter Labrow is a writer of psychological horror, based in Cheshire in the UK. His goal is to write 'dark, gripping stories' that people find hard to put down. Populated by flawed characters with ambiguous motives, his writing deftly mixes the supernatural with frighteningly normal terrors. Having written marketing copy for over twenty years, Peter published his first novel, The Well, in 2010 - fulfilling a lifelong ambition to author fiction.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 27 Dec 2010
By Rob
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading The Well, I couldn't put it down. It has a lot going for it and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural horror fiction.

Here's the basics... after Becca and her lover manage to fall into an ancient well the book focuses on three parallel stories: a police investigation into their apparent abduction and their suspects, a supernatural curse unfolding around the village and Becca's attempts to escape.

Becca and others go through a horrendous series of events and you find yourself really routing for them. The Well is pretty disturbing - what happens to the main characters is grim and some scenes need to be read from behind the sofa.

The three stories of course collide spectacularly in the final scenes but not before several 'oh my god did that really just happen' moments.

Those working against Becca are seemingly everyday people who manage to get themselves entwined in the plot through some poignant errors of judgement and selfish thoughts.

Most memorably, Peter Labrow's writing creates really strong visual scenes - the eerie forest, the ruined house, the well itself, life in the village - it's easy to you feel like you are actually there with Becca. I particularly like that the plots aren't 'overdone': Peter rightly leaves enough to the imagination and open ends for the reader to dwell on, which add greatly to the success of the book.

I hope there's a film and a sequel - it's an outstanding book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly compelling 3 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was totally absorbed by this book from the first page. The plotting is intricate yet totally absorbing and the characters well defined with enough exposition to give them credibility without slowing down the story. And what a story! It just gallops along, literally making this reader unable to put it down! It's not for the faint hearted as some of the imagery is hard hitting but this just makes it all the more compelling. The different strands of the story are well developed to make the denouement, when it comes, both breathtaking and utterly convincing. I'm left gasping for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Began with promise but ultimately disapointing 23 Oct 2011
By Shep
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This started off as a thriller with much promise, however I soon became rather bored by both the supernatural aspect and the rather drawn out saga of the lives of the local women. Ok the supernatural side of the story was what the novel was described as so I cant really complain but I had a feeling that the story would have been better off with less of that aspect.
Strangely, for a male author, most of the main characters were 'good' women (apart from the obvious witch), and of the few male characters these were mostly either paedophile, drunken wife beater or a lecherous youth.

On the plus side, the book didnt end till 100% showed on my Kindle, with no previews or lengthy authors notes (always a factor that I find extremely frustrating).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, intelligent, gripping. 24 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
One can't help but experience mixed emotions when a friend tells you they've written a book. It's natural to feel impressed that they finished such an undertaking, but it's tough to shake the notion that it's not a "real" book if you know the author. It made me wary about how honest I could be in my review. It is a sad experience to hold a friend's hard work in your hands and wonder, desperately, how to be kind to them and give them helpful feedback without crushing their dreams, or being totally dishonest.

I feel guilty that I didn't have more faith in Peter Labrow's ability. His standard of writing is utterly superior to the last book I attempted (by a professional and well-known author) and I was rapidly drawn into this superbly simple concept, from which threads of complexity reached out and interweave.

I was initially curious as to how this "bottle story" could sustain 120,000 words but the trials and tribulations faced at the bottom of the eponymous prison had me captivated. It is tightly plotted and never drags. Peter Labrow takes you into the darkness and makes it utterly real. Every horrible facet of that experience is totally believable, and incomprehensibly awful.

And then, beyond the stone walls, stories emerge of warring parents, devoted lovers, troubled children and evil men. Their criss-crossing paths create a narrative which is compelling and emotive. Mixed into this honest portrayal of normal lives is an element of the supernatural which adds another layer of intrigue.

The Well offers a simple premise cloaked in mystery. It is laced with themes about gender and sexuality, and provides food for thought on love, devotion, sacrifice, and maturity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 8 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wondered how far a story could go with a well, and the narrative problems it included but I was astounded. I nearly put this book down as I thought the book couldn't poss go any further as I was only a few chapters in and what I thought was the story had been told. But wow was I wrong I pushed on and in no fewer than a few pages on the book had me wanting/needing to know what happens. The characters are lively and believable and like ll good books you fall in love with the characters and start feeling what they are feeling (to a degree) and start fearing for them or rooting for them. I'm a massive Stephen king fan and this book was a welcome break from ky king crammings. An easy read a good story you can't go wrong with this book, buy it now you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 3 hours ago by Gordon Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good book.
Published 1 month ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
I really enjoyed this book. I had it on my KIndle and restricted myself to reading it only whilst exercising because it makes exercising more bearable if I have a really good book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by torchest
2.0 out of 5 stars never got to the end...
This started off badly and deteriorated further as it went on (in my humble opinion). A foray back into English/American authors reminded me of why I defected to Scandi crime.
Published 7 months ago by echo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was superb, one of the best books i've ever read and i highly recommend it top anyone wanting a good read.
Published 9 months ago by Ashleigh-Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
I love a good horror and I have recently written my own "first novel". Seeing that Mr. Labrow was a "fledgling" writer too I wanted to check out the competition. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Haslett
2.0 out of 5 stars WELL,WELL,WELL!FAR-FETCHED AND JUST A TEENY-WEENY BIT BORING!!
I REALLY DONT KNOW WHY THIS NON-SENSE CAN BE EVEN THOUGHT OF AS GRIPPING HORROR.IT IS A JUMBLE STORY OF JUMBLED PEOPLE AND,OH YES!,A WITCH OR TWO THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lady anna
5.0 out of 5 stars The Well by Peter Labrow
I finally got round to reading this book a year after buying it. If I'd have known it was so good I would have read it immediately! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Factoryman
4.0 out of 5 stars Different.
The book was in excellent condition and arrived quicker than promised. A great read for anyone that likes good crime stories as are all this authors books. Read more
Published 15 months ago by b.featherstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness without and within
The Well is a tense, uncompromising work of horror. Labrow's characters are vivid and convincing, and he torments them without mercy. Read more
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