Review by Gillian: The Well, by Marie Sexton

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The Well, by Marie Sexton
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 22, 2017

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

summary

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?

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Paranormal/Mystery
Romance
Ghosts
Second Chance Love

You ever read a book that wasn’t bad enough to stop reading but not really good enough to hold your attention for any length of time?

For me, that was this book.

On the plus side, it’s an easy read that you can put down for days without worrying about where you left off or if you’ll recall the plot. On the downside, though, if you put it aside you may not care enough to pick it back up again.

Look, the book isn’t bad. It just couldn’t keep my attention and I think part of the problem is that it suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. First and foremost, this is a mystery novel. I think it wanted to be a PNR, but there just wasn’t enough of the P or the R to make it work as one. And if it strictly wanted to be a mystery, it should have left the R out altogether because it really just distracted from the story.

The crux of this story is the disappearance of a young woman. Haven’s cousin Elise is full of spit and vinegar and likes nothing more than trying to creep Haven out with ghost stories. When she enlists him and a group of friends to break into a supposedly haunted house to hold a seance and spend the night, things go tragically wrong.

There are two timelines at play; one taking place during the events leading up to and immediately after Elise’s disappearance and Haven’s present-day search to finally discover what actually happened to her. Did they actually conjure up some sort of evil presence that night or did someone in their group of friends take advantage of the dark night and remote location to carry out a heinous crime?

This all sounds terribly interesting but the story is told in an almost lackadaisical fashion and I found myself only mildly curious to see how it would all end. Having previously read one other book by this author, I think this may just be her style and I’m sorry to say that it just doesn’t work for me.

If you like really low-key ghost stories that don’t keep you awake at night, you may enjoy this book. For me, though, it just didn’t elicit enough enthusiasm on my part to really make it an effective mystery.

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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

3 thoughts on “Review by Gillian: The Well, by Marie Sexton

  1. Thanks for the review. I’m a big Marie Sexton fan but based on the blurb and excerpt I decided to pass on this one – partly because I couldn’t tell where it was going, and partly because “I want you but I think your twin murdered my cousin (and you’re still close to your twin” just seemed like an unpleasant premise for a romance.

    If you want to try her again, Trailer Trash is her best work, IMO.

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    • Thanks for the recommendation, Cleo. I think I’ve had Trailer Trash on my tbr for awhile but I’ve been reluctant to read it. Maybe I’ll give it a shot and see what it’s like 🙂

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      • I hope you like it. Parts of it are hard to read – it’s about two gay teenagers in Wyoming in the 80s after all – but the happy ending was both believable and hard earned.

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