Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: The Well
AUTHOR: Marie Sexton
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 206 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22nd, 2017
Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.
But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.
Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?
Well, this book took me by complete surprise simply due to the fact that I really enjoyed it. I will be honest and say I was thoroughly apprehensive due to all the reviews stating this was not a romance. I will wholeheartedly admit that usually about 95% of the time my books need to have romance front and center for me to enjoy them. This books mystery, suspense, thriller, and paranormal elements were so enthralling and captivating that the little snippets of something more that I got from Pierce and Haven were enough to sustain me throughout the story.
This book centers on a mystery involving a teenage girl who went missing years ago after her friends stayed in what the town calls a “haunted house.” They mess around as a group and try to call upon the dead that are rumored to be haunting the house. As kids it but also skeptics it’s hard for any of them to believe in ghosts and haunting but some things happen that leave them scared and unsure.
This story goes back and forth from Present Day to the time they all went to the house as kids so if you don’t like flashback/flash-forward stories this might not be for you.
In Present Day, the group of kids are grown up and living different lives but some decide to get together and try to unearth what really happened that fateful night 12 years ago.
Even as teenagers you can feel a spark between Pierce and Haven and that same spark is still very much alive when they come face to face again after so long. And like I mentioned there are bits and pieces of a “love story” but it’s so miniscule that it’s hard to even call it that.
I can’t stress enough how good this was as just a murder mystery. I finished this book in a few hours because I had to know what had happened. I’ll say it was a bit disappointing to find out the “whodunit” part but they way it all played out and developed was incredibly interesting.
I do recommend this book but go into it knowing that this isn’t really a passionate romance but there are some hints here and there that are satisfying.
Good book, great writing…a total thrill ride that would make an incredible movie!!