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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Chanter Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781442382749
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From the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize comes a brilliantly haunting and suspenseful debut set in modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at the farm of one seemingly ordinary family.

Ruth Ardingly has just been released from prison to serve out a sentence of house arrest for arson and suspected murder at her farm, the Well. Beyond its borders, some people whisper she is a witch; others a messiah. For as soon as Ruth returns to the Well, rain begins to fall on the farm. And it has not rained anywhere else in the country in over three years.

Ruth and her husband, Mark, had moved years before from London to this ancient idyll in the hopes of starting their lives over. But then the drought began, and as the surrounding land dried up and died and the Well grew lush and full of life, they came to see their fortune would come at a price. From the envy of their neighbors to the mandates of the government, from the fanaticism of a religious order called the Sisters of the Rose to the everyday difficulties of staying close as husband and wife, mother and child—all these forces led to a horrifying crime: the death of their seven-year-old grandson, drowned with cruel irony in one of the few ponds left in the countryside.

Now back at the Well, Ruth must piece together the tragedy that shattered her marriage, her family, and her dream, for she believes her grandson’s death was no accident. Alone except for her guards on a tiny green jewel in a world rapidly turning to dust, Ruth begins to confront her worst fears and learns what really happened in the dark heart of the Well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Suspense-building, supernatural undercurrents charge this haunting novel about ordinary people confronted by extraordinary situations.”

    Elle (UK)

  • “Chanter delivers a strong, literary page-turner.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A novel of increasing psychological suspense…will put many readers under a deliciously shivery spell.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “A story that’s speculative and suspenseful…keeping us wondering until the end whether magic or madness is the source of the Well.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “This story ripples with mystery and intrigue from the first page.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Combining a gripping mystery, nuanced psychological drama, and striking prose, this debut is a mesmerizing read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Chanter’s cautionary tale of environmental mayhem and religious fervor is a provocative, tantalizing triumph.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Nicola Barber makes this suspenseful and somewhat paranoid story all the more haunting with her expert delivery. Her performance perfectly matches the alternately hopeful and despairing main character…Chanter writes beautifully and constructs her story equally well. Barber makes it come alive, leaving listeners on the edge of their seats for hours on end.”


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About the Author
Catherine Chanter is a teacher, poet, and short story writer. She is the winner of the Yeovil Poetry Prize and the Lucy Cavendish Prize awarded by Cambridge University. She grew up in the West Country before attending Oxford. The Well is her first novel.
About the Narrator

Nicola Barber, a British voice actress with over a decade of experience, has won four Earphone Awards for narration from AudioFile Magazine and has recorded national radio spots for Verizon Wireless, Virgin Airlines, and Hilton Hotels, as well as national TV commercials. She specializes in commercials, corporate videos, audiobooks, phone systems, and training videos. She has narrated over a dozen books for authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maureen Johnson.