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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Down the Well by Joseph Blackhurst is a psychological thriller/ horror novel that will stun you with its plot and vivid imagery. It was the tail end of 2017 when two hunters came across something horrific in Appalachian Kentucky: a whole town buried under rubble. Dubbed the Carrington Tragedy, the scene horrified and baffled the whole community, but nothing disturbed them more than the diary found among the bodies and rubble. Written in a way that drove a reader insane, lawyer Joe Blackhurst was given the task of translating it because he was immune to its effects. As Joe started to decode the mystery with his partner Shar Ayubbi, more and more sinister revelations stunned him to his core. The writer was a lawyer named Richard Maltessouri, who obviously suffered from a mental illness. All Joe could do was trace the people mentioned and find a solution that way. But was it possible to find a man like Richard, or was he a figment of the author’s imagination?
Down the Well is the best novel I have read this year and I don’t think any novel will be able to top it. The mystery was intricate; it had layers that peeled away as Joe uncovered more and more secrets from each of the canvases. The narrative was fragmented in the best way possible. Author Joseph Blackhurst masterfully flipped between the canvases to Joe’s notes and investigation. The story was surprisingly easy to read and flowed incredibly well. I felt a rush of excitement every time I started a new chapter and found something new in the Carrington Tragedy. The pace was perfect, and the characters were highlighted well. The story will surprise you and give you an adrenaline rush at the same time. The author reminded me of Dan Brown, yet somehow, his writing style was more unique than Brown’s. I highly recommend this novel!