Book Review|Fortune’s Well book one; Hangman’s Revenge|Chantelle Atkins & Sim Alec Sansford

I was asked by the authors to read for review. YA isn’t a genre I have read lots of, I definitely should read it more but when I do I have enjoyed it. I was intrigued by this book as it has a paranormal element and I am fascinated by it. Also that two authors had come together and collaborated piqued my curiosity. Thank you to both authors for my copy.

Fortune’s Well Book one; Hangman’s Revenge Chantelle Atkins Sim Alec Sansford Published 25th May 2022 Publisher Chasing Driftwood Books Edition Paperback Pages 235 Genre YA/Coming of age/Paranormal Purchase Link


In the town of Fortune’s Well a dangerous storm is brewing, and two unsuspecting teenagers are standing right at the heart of it.

For JJ Carson, life has not been easy. His father is dead, his mother arrested for the murder, and he has been forced to live on the farm with his alcoholic uncle, Henry. Just when things could not get any worse, JJ discovers his living situation is not the only thing that makes him different from the other kids. A dark, swirling mist has made itself at home inside him and it is slowly changing him from the inside out.

Enter Darcie Duffield. Beautiful, popular, and incredibly misunderstood. Darcie is sick of the status quo and wants to make a difference. After a chance meeting with a strange boy at the river she becomes tangled in a web of lies and deceit as she tries to help save him from the darkness lurking within.

Why is this happening?Where has it come from?

And why is Darcie the only one who can see it?

My Review ⭐⭐⭐ Not a story I was expecting. That being said a good dipiction of teen agnst and a true and raw portrail of the issues facing many young people, including eating disorders was written and handled sensitively. The coming together of two characters seemingly very different, popular, pretty Darcie and weird outcast JJ who may be more a like than even they thought. I liked this pairing and silently wish and hope for more of these friendships not just in the book but in life. The collaboration between the two authors has worked. The writing styles are very similar and they have gelled really well. A good solid YA story with paranormal elements. A promising start to the series. I liked it.

About the Authors

Chantelle Atkins Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 5 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released in October 2018. YA novel A Song For Bill Robinson was released in December 2019 and is the first in a trilogy, followed by Emily’s Baby and The Search For Summer in 2021. In 2022 released another collection: The Old Friend – A Collection of Tales and Poems and the first in supernatural YA series, Hangman’s Revenge which was co-written with Sim Alec Sansford. Chantelle has had multiple articles about writing published by Author’s Publish magazine and runs her own Community Interest Company – Chasing Driftwood Writing Group.

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Born and raised in the county town of Dorchester, Dorset, Sim began scribbling away stories on scraps of paper since before he can remember. He spent a lot of his childhood on adventures walking the dogs in the woodland surrounding Thomas Hardy’s cottage with his family. Something about the cottage and ‘the man what wrote stuff’ who had lived there sparked a fire inside him, it was from there he began to focus on writing more seriously. In 2012, Sim signed up to Open University to study Creative Writing alongside working full time. He isn’t quite sure how he made it out alive, but he graduated with honours and began using the skills he had acquired to edit and redraft old work.
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