The Witch in the Well (Hardback)
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The Witch in the Well (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages
Published: 23/02/2023
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Two writers fight to tell the story of a woman drowned as a witch a century earlier only to discover that the past might not be as dead as they think, in this addictive, supernatural chiller from the author of Triflers Need Not Apply.

Over a hundred years ago, the citizens of F- did something rather bad. And local school teacher Catherine Evans has made writing the definitive account of what happened when Ilsbeth Clark drowned in the well her life's work.

The town's people may not want their past raked up, but Catherine is determined to shine a light upon that shameful event. For Ilsbeth was an innocent, after all. She was shunned and ostracised by rumour-mongers and ill-wishers and someone has to speak up for her. And who better than Catherine, who has herself felt the sting and hurt of such whisperings?

But then a childhood friend returns to F -. Elena is a successful author whose book, The Whispers Inside: A Reawakening of the Soul, has earned her a certain celebrity. In search of a new subject, she takes an interest in the story of Ilsbeth Clark and announces her intention to write a book about the long-dead woman, focusing on the natural magic she believes she possessed.

And Elena has everything Catherine has not, like a platform and connections and no one seems to care that Elena's book will be pure speculation, tainting Ilsbeth's memory rather than preserving it. Catherine is determined that something must be done and plots to blunt her rival's pen. However she had not allowed for the fact that the past might not be so dead after all - that something is reaching out from the well, disturbing her reality.

Before summer's over, one woman will be dead, the other accused of murder . . . but is she really guilty, or are there other forces at work? And who was Ilsbeth Clark, really? An innocent? A witch? Or something else entirely?

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781787633414
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 406 g
Dimensions: 225 x 147 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

True to form, Camilla Bruce has spun a slippery yet beguiling spell with this cleverly crafted and intoxicating tale of female rivalry and folklore. A startling and original plot is woven around a cast of gleefully unpleasant characters - I was gripped from the very first page. - LUCIE McKNIGHT HARDY, author of Water Shall Refuse Them

Haunting and harrowing . . . I couldn't look away. - ALIX E. HARROW, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Simmering with unease and spookiness, this creepy read will give you goosebumps. - HEAT magazine

A slippery yet beguiling spell ... this is a cleverly crafted and intoxicating tale of female rivalry and folklore. - PICK ME UP! 'Book of the Week'

Uniting the 'found footage' of Janice Hallett's books with Norwegian tales of 'difficult women' and folk horror. - STYLIST

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“Addictive reading!”

I really enjoyed this novel from Camilla Bruce. Alternately told from the POV's of two women who despite their enmity are actually remarkably similar - they're both not entirely like-able and not entirely... More

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“A Tale of Witchcraft.”

3.5 stars rounded up.

When two former friends reunite after decades apart, their grudges, flawed ambitions, and shared obsession swirl into an all-too-real echo of a terrible town legend. Centuries ago, beautiful... More

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“Did not draw me in”

Feminist and magic related books are popular at the moment – I read some brilliant ones in 2022, and I have another on my TBR that comes out in the same month as The Witch in the Well. Although I do sometimes struggle... More

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