Forge, Dec. 2004, 24.95, 352 pp.
To escape the heat in Paris, Catherine, Edgar and their three children visit her brother's manor house which is called Vielleteneuse. When her brother comes back from a hunt he has with him an injured woman. Despite Catherine's efforts the woman dies, but a few seconds later she says that evil is coming and begs Catherine to save them.
At the Castle of Boisvert, Catherine's grandfather summons all the descendents of Andonenn demanding they come to the ancestral home because their “protection” is fading. Neither Guillaume, his wife Marie nor Catherine & Edgar want to go but someone is causing dangerous accidents that force them to go to the haven of Boisvert. They find no safety in the Castle because the heir is killed and his brother is injured. A neighbor plans to take the castle with the help of a traitor but two women, who though seemingly mad, apparently hold the key to the castle's salvation and the people in it. As Catherine investigates the killing in hopes of unmasking a traitor and looking for the treasure that will restore the castle to its' former glory, Edgar preparing the castle folk for war.
Although there are many incidents in THE WITCH IN THE WELL which seem to be supernaturally based, it is really the actions of two women.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner