The Well: A Novel

The Well: A Novel

Synopsis

Set in a modern-day Britain where water is running out everywhere except at the farm of one seemingly ordinary family whose mysterious good fortune leads to a shocking act of violence, The Well is “extraordinary...a mesmerizing read…combining a gripping mystery, nuanced psychological drama, and striking prose” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

When Ruth Ardingly and her family make that first long drive up from the city in their grime-encrusted car and view The Well, they are enchanted by a jewel of a farm that appears to offer everything they need: an opportunity for Ruth, an escape for her husband, and a home for their grandson. But when the drought begins, everything changes. Surrounded by thirty acres of lush greenery, the farm mysteriously thrives while the world outside crumbles under the longest dry spell in recorded history. No one, including the owners, understands why.

But The Well’s unique glory comes at a terrible 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, grandmother and child—all these forces lead to a shocking crime. Accusations of witchcraft, wrongdoing, and murder envelop the family until their paradise becomes a prison.

A beautifully written debut novel that “channels Margaret Atwood and Gillian Flynn, creating a story that’s speculative and suspenseful” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), The Well is an utterly haunting meditation on the fragile nature of our relationships with each other and the places we call home.

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  • TheWell 01 Open
    Duration: 30s
  • TheWell 02 Epigraph
    Duration: 24s
  • TheWell 03 Ch1
    Duration: 23min
  • TheWell 04 Ch2
    Duration: 22min
  • TheWell 05 Ch3
    Duration: 22min
  • TheWell 06 Ch4
    Duration: 29min
  • TheWell 07 Ch5
    Duration: 15min
  • TheWell 08 Ch6
    Duration: 19min
  • TheWell 09 Ch7
    Duration: 18min
  • TheWell 10 Ch8
    Duration: 15min
  • TheWell 11 Ch9
    Duration: 19min
  • TheWell 12 Ch10
    Duration: 17min
  • TheWell 13 Ch11
    Duration: 13min
  • TheWell 14 Ch12
    Duration: 23min
  • TheWell 15 Ch13
    Duration: 17min
  • TheWell 16 Ch14
    Duration: 21min
  • TheWell 17 Ch15
    Duration: 22min
  • TheWell 18 Ch16
    Duration: 33min
  • TheWell 19 Ch17
    Duration: 11min
  • TheWell 20 Ch18
    Duration: 17min
  • TheWell 21 Ch19
    Duration: 19min
  • TheWell 22 Ch20
    Duration: 29min
  • TheWell 23 Ch21
    Duration: 17min
  • TheWell 24 Ch22
    Duration: 22min
  • TheWell 25 Ch23
    Duration: 14min
  • TheWell 26 Ch24
    Duration: 30min
  • TheWell 27 Ch25
    Duration: 23min
  • TheWell 28 Ch26
    Duration: 12min
  • TheWell 29 Ch27
    Duration: 17min
  • TheWell 30 Ch28
    Duration: 20min
  • TheWell 31 Ch29
    Duration: 26min
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    Duration: 14min
  • TheWell 33 Ch31
    Duration: 10min
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    Duration: 14min
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    Duration: 29min
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    Duration: 18min
  • TheWell 37 Ch35
    Duration: 23min
  • TheWell 38 Ch36
    Duration: 28min
  • TheWell 39 Ch37
    Duration: 15min
  • TheWell 40 Ch38
    Duration: 19min
  • TheWell 41 Close
    Duration: 01min

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