The Well

Trapped. Missing. Cursed. Fourteen-year-old Becca Richards and her stepbrother have fallen to the bottom of an ancient well. Their parents are away; they won’t be missed for days. The predatory man who had been stalking Becca now switches his attentions to her best friend. Two women who know where Becca is trapped are desperate that she should never escape. Over the course of a week, family, friends and strangers are drawn together by a terrible shared fate – from which not all will escape.

The Well is a darkly gripping tale about how we respond to the hand fate has dealt us – and the consequences of our choices.

The central premise of The Well is a simple one: two teenagers fall down a well and are unable to get out. Worse, their parents are away – so no one will even start looking for them for days. But every person leaves a gap and life is never that simple. Becca had a predator; when she goes missing, her best friend becomes his new target.

Yet, there are those who know where Becca is trapped. Unthinkably, they are determined that she should remain there to die – because the consequences of her escape would be far, far worse.

The Well is a tale of desperation, horror, sacrifice and friendship – a story where almost everyone’s motives are questionable and the lines between good and evil are blurred.

Set in Bankside, a quiet Lancashire town that hides many secrets, The Well deftly intertwines a story of supernatural horror with a tale of one of the greatest fears of modern life. As the book progresses, the two stories become one – driving relentlessly towards a single, thrilling finale. The Well is a fast-paced, riveting story that will grip you – and keep you guessing – until the very end.

Free extract

Read the first scene from The Well. If you are a Kindle user, you can download a longer extract, free of charge, before buying the book.

E-book – Kindle and iPad

The Well is available now for Kindle, on Amazon (iPad users just need to download the free Kindle app from the Apple App Store) priced at just £3.44 ($5.31).

Printed book

The Well is also available in print from Lulu for just £6.79 ($10.26).


Here’s what some readers have said:

“I was totally absorbed by this book from the first page. The plotting is intricate yet totally absorbing and the characters well defined with enough exposition to give them credibility without slowing down the story. And what a story! It just gallops along, literally making this reader unable to put it down! It’s not for the faint hearted as some of the imagery is hard hitting but this just makes it all the more compelling. The different strands of the story are well developed to make the denouement, when it comes, both breathtaking and utterly convincing. I’m left gasping for more.”

“Just finished The Well. Talk about a page turner! Brilliant!”

“I’m not a fiction reader at all, and certainly not ‘horror’… But I read your book over Christmas… and it was REALLY good!!!”

“Many horror stories play out like a B movie – where characters and subplots are veneer thin. The Well is different. The characters are detailed in their description and contain hard flaws which are not always endearing. They feel like real people who, as events unfold, react badly or unpredictably to the increasing tempo. I especially felt that the reaction and subsequent arguments of key characters were brilliantly thought through, giving the book an unexpectedly strong foundation in reality. As the horrors unfold just yards away from real life, the horror itself only becomes more and more intense. In short, a brilliant read!”

“I couldn’t put it down.”

“Peter Labrow’s writing creates really strong visual scenes – the eerie forest, the ruined house, the well itself, life in the village – it’s easy to you feel like you are actually there.”

“Absolutely fabulous book – plenty of cliff-hangers to keep you reading, thoroughly believable characters, gripping story line and completely addictive.”

“The premise is initially simple (when two teens fall down a well, will they be saved in time?), but some intriguing plot twists and red herrings, not to mention well crafted characters and some genuine hold-your-breath moments, kept me gripped all the way through!”

“This exciting and fast moving novel kept me hooked until the end.”

“It’s got everything – mystery, intrigue, tension, peppered with a bit of witchcraft too.”

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