It's the end of the world…
…as Murray Macabe knows it. The security of his home life has been ripped out from under him when his mother was brutally murdered. Rejected by his aunt, Murray only has one place left to go, and that's to live the rest of his life with a woman he barely knows.
To Grandmother's House He Goes
At first, life with his grandmother doesn't seem like it's going to be that bad, but Murray soon learns his grandmother harbors dark secrets.
Double, Double Toil and Trouble; Fire Burn and Caldron Bubble
As bad as Grandma's secrets might be, they are nothing compared to the secrets held by the neighbors, three elderly women who have set their sights on Murray for their own dastardly purposes. Soon Murray finds himself fighting for his very life, and there's no one to turn to for help because everyone knows there's no such thing as witches.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Swiftly introducing a wealth of dark characters, author S. D. Hintz draws middle-grade readers quickly into a macabre world where a bike ride might be the road to safety or oblivion. But “Runnin’ from our problems ain’t gonna fix ‘em” says 13-year-old Murray’s only friend in this aged place. But his grandmother’s not running; she seems almost blind to the dangers, ready always to see the best in his neighbors why Murray learns to fear them. Still, Grandma has secrets of her own… Punished for doing right, unable to explain his reasons, Murray soon feels he might have nowhere to turn. But what will happen if the witches catch him? And might witches be real? Supernatural, scary, gruesome in places, but nicely balancing scares with comfort, disturbing evil with eccentricity, The Witching Well is not a book for the squeamish, but a fun tale for mature middle-graders and up. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy and I offer my honest review.
S. D. Hintz's tale, The Witching Well, is being marketed as a Young Adult title, but its great fun for all ages. It tells the saga of poor 13-year-old Murray Macabe whose life is unexpectedly and tragically disrupted by the sudden loss of a loved one. Shuttled off to his eccentric grandmother's neighborhood, Murray soon finds himself up to his neck in evil, ol' biddy witches and murder. Well-written with a truly relatable protagonist, the book rides suspense and mystery through to the gripping conclusion. A few well-placed scares (just what exactly IS in the attic?) is icing on the cake. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended for all of the readers in your household.