THE WELL CATHERINE CHANTER
When Ruth Ardingly and her family first drive up from London in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a place, a farm that appears to offer everything the family are searching for. An opportunity for Ruth. An escape for Mark. A home for their grandson Lucien.
But The Well’s unique glory comes at a terrible price. The locals suspect foul play in its verdant fields and drooping fruit trees, and Ruth becomes increasingly isolated as she struggles to explain why her land flourishes whilst her neighbours’ produce withers and dies. Fearful of envious locals and suspicious of those who seem to be offering help, Ruth is less and less sure who she can trust.
As The Well envelops them, Ruth’s paradise becomes a prison, Mark’s dream a recurring nightmare, and Lucien’s playground a grave.
Moving out of London and living of the land in the country was Mark’s dream. Ruth and Mark didn’t bother to get details of The Well that they owned with the land. The neighbourhood wasn’t so lucky to have water for their land like Mark and Ruth. Private companies offered them money for the well and their land. As Mark and Ruth kept themselves to themselves, the close neighbourhood had speculations that Mark had always been a pervert, and there was equal speculation that Ruth had always been a religious fanatic. Was this due to the anger that they had a well to water their land and that they wouldn’t let other land owners benefit from their well? Drought Crime is a serious crime.
Ruth Ardingly is subject to house arrest under the terms of the Drought Emergency Regulations Act, and started a series of fires with intent to cause grievous bodily harm or death.
Catherine Chanter is a new author to watch out for. The Well has the pulse of a thriller.