Bumstead's Well

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It was a simple dare between friends. Spend 24 hours alone at the bottom of an abandoned well. What could possibly go wrong? But the 24 hours soon pass and Vincent's friends fail to return for him. With little food or water, he is doomed. More

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Words: 84,670
Language: English
ISBN: 9780987857460
About R E Swirsky

Ray grew up in the small town of Kimberley in British Columbia before moving to Calgary Alberta to go to college. He has remained in the Calgary area ever since.

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The dare was simple. Spend one night down at the bottom of Bumstead's well. When Vincent's friends fail to return at the agreed time, Vincent finds himself trapped alone and reflecting on his short life.

A young boy commits suicide. The town folk believe it was another result of bullying but two brothers discover the truth and decide to take matters into their own hands. A tale of abuse, shame and standing up for what you believe is right.

If you could create the perfect murder and get away with it, would you? A young university student is charged with murder. His guitar string is wrapped around her neck. His shoe prints are left at the scene. Her earrings found under his bed. Her husband hundreds of miles away. The perfect murder? You be the judge.

A time travel mystery about four students who disappeared in the mid 1960s.

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Review by: Elizabeth Davies on Aug. 16, 2014 :
I thought this was going to to be solely about someone stuck in a well, and his struggle to free himself. I was wrong. This is the start of the novel, but there is so much more to it than that, which was a nice surprise.

The pace was good and suitable; time dragging slowly in the well, for instance, and the pace faster above ground. The characters are well drawn, and multi-layered, especially Chris, and there is plenty of mystery and unanswered questions to prompt me to download the next instalment when it comes out in 2015.

That was my only dislike of this novel - that it wasn't wrapped up at the end. It simply stopped, at no logical break in the story. I wonder how much more there is to be revealed in the next novel, because as far as I could tell a few more chapters would have seen the end to it. Obviously there is far more than I anticipated, and I will definitely download the next one.

My recommendation would be to wait until the next book is out, because this reads more like a story cut in half than a series.
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Review by: Susan on June 14, 2014 :
Certainly a good read indeed. Compelling and plenty of incentive to keep at it until finished. Who knew this would lead where it did. Appreciate the (mostly) good editing. Well done and thanks for the freebie.
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Review by: Asanda Teyise on June 10, 2014 :
MY word!!! This book is amazing! Had me hooked and reading throughout the night, this is a hard book to put down(impossible actually) It had me going through a rollercoaster of emotions and I had tears sometimes. I fell in love with the main character Vincent and was so worried about him, felt like I knew him personally. My heart broke at the tragedy that happened (Aaron and Roger)! This book blew my mind away. The grammar was flawless, unlike many books one reads on smashwords! After soaking in the entire book, I couldn't wait to retell the story to anyone who cared to listen, loved it!1st time writing a review, I was compelled to come back here and congratulate the author on a job well done! You're amazing, I can't wait to get my hands on more of your work! 10/10
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