A Child from the Wishing Well - A psychological suspense by Raymond Nickford


( Set in contemporary Malvern hills, England, and in German occupied Prague.)

Gerard's wish is to break out of paranoia, discover daughter Rosie's love. Is the eerie music tutor Ruth's foul-smelling well a place where wishes happen? Ashamed he cannot relate to his daughter, Rosie, Gerard accompanies and stays with her for violin lessons at the home of tutor, Ruth Stein.

Ruth, fascinating him for her musical sensitivity, becomes a confidante. Against his better judgement and his wife's reservations - the paranoid, Gerard, can only cling to believing the tutor can bring him closer to Rosie.

Soon, he must wrestle with his suspicions again, for Ruth mothers Rosie, almost smothers...

Reaching out to a broken doll, propped in the darkness at the bottom of Ruth's garden well, Gerard wants to believe that what he touches and smells is just the decay of sacks enfolding a doll; the closest to a child that the lonely old spinster could cling. Investigating, Gerard's fears for Rosie’s safety begin to mount.

Rosie draws closer to her father, notices his new concern but, if she is in danger, can he save her and can Gerard still triumph over the emotional void of paranoia; feel, accept, he and Rosie could share the love of which others speak?

Raymond Nickford  has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University College of North Wales and has been both a lecturer and private tutor in Literature. Troubled souls; the outsider, the lonely, any driven to extremity, his inspiration.