‘The Boy In The Well’ by Dan Clark

The Boy in the Well by [Dan Clark]


A time to mourn. A gruesome find. A race for the truth.

After her husband and son are killed in a tragic car accident, Carolyn goes to stay with her mother in a quiet, rural town. She hopes the break will help her cope with her loss.

Soon, Carolyn discovers that the small town holds unforgivable secrets. One she stumbles upon when she discovers the body of a young boy down a well – only to find he has disappeared when she returns with the police.

The local residents, including Carolyn’s mother, doubt her discovery and blame it on her current state of mind. Rumours begin to spread.

With somebody determined to stop Carolyn uncovering the truth, she knows she needs to prove what she saw. Not just for the boy and his family but also for herself.

Will Carolyn be able to find the proof she needs? Or will her life be in danger if she continues her search?

My Review

I love discovering new authors and Dan Clark is certainly a new author for me.  I read the synopsis for ‘The Boy In The Well’ and it certainly sounded like the deliciously dark psychological thriller that I particularly love to read.  Well it was certainly that and so much more.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Boy In The Well’ but more about that in a bit.

I can’t honestly say that I took to the main character of Carolyn.  Don’t get me wrong I felt for her in that she tragically loses her husband and her child in an accident.  Nobody should have to bury their child.  There was something about Carolyn that I wasn’t quite sure about.  I didn’t know whether to believe what she was saying or if she was hallucinating and seeing what she wanted to see and not what was actually there.  I hope that makes sense.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story.  In fact the synopsis was enough to grab my attention and draw me into the story.  This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down for any length of time at all.  I was intrigued by the characters and I developed a need to know if Carolyn was telling the truth or if she was misunderstanding things.  I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story and as a result the book travelled everywhere with me.  The pages turned over at a fast pace as I worked my way through the story.  In fact they were turning that quickly that the page numbers became a blur.  Then all too quickly I reached the end of the book.

‘The Boy In The Well’ is superbly written.  I had a hard time believing that this is actually the author’s debut novel as his writing style is so polished and so confident.  Dan has created a tightly plotted story with more twists and turns than you know what to do with.  I found ‘The Boy In The Well’ to be a gripping story, which kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short, ‘The Boy In The Well’ is one hell of a debut novel and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  I will definitely be recommending this book to other readers.  I look forward to reading much more of Dan’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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