The Boy In The Well by Dan Clark (Review)

Format: eBook

Source: Sent to me by author

Publisher: Darkstroke

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 13th April 2021

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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?”

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My Thoughts

Firstly, a big thank you Dan for getting in touch and sending me a digital copy of his debut novel  The Boy In The Well in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The story follows Carolyn who lost both her husband and young son in a tragic accident on the way home. As Carolyn struggles to comes to terms with their deaths, Carolyn’s mother decides to take Carolyn back to her home town for a change in scenery and to hopes that the change will help Carolyn to come to terms with her grief. However, one night Carolyn decides to go for a walk and it is on this night she discovers a body of a boy down in a well that is behind her mothers garden. However, by the time she reports it to the police and they arrive the body is gone and everyone believes that she is having a mental breakdown, but Carolyn knows what she saw and she determined to find out the truth and prove she’s not going mad.

The Boy in the Well is very well written with a fast paced plot that kept me wanting more. There are plenty of twists to keep you guessing to the end. I thought I had worked out who the killer was quite early on but I was so wrong. Most of the book is told through Carolyn’s POV and occasionally we get the killer’s perspectives which I really liked as I thought it added to what is already an intense read.

The characters were brilliantly done, although fictional they came across as real. I really liked Carolyn’s and Jeanette’s characters I could sympathise with both even though they both believed in different things. But I could definitely see why each behaved/reacted as they do. There were a couple of characters that I found creepy but they worked well in the book.

There is lots more that I would like to say about this book but won’t as it would lead to spoilers, but I will say this, I absolutely loved reading this debut novel and can’t wait to see that Dan has to offer next. Definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a dark atmospheric thriller as their next read!!

My Rating


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