by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
“Welcome to Black Spring, a picturesque town with an ugly secret.
A 17th century woman with her eyes and mouth sewn shut walks its streets day and night… enters its homes… watches when its people sleep.
They call her the Black Rock Witch.
So accustomed to her presence have they become, the townsfolk often forget she’s there. Or what will happen if her eyes ever open.
To protect themselves the Black Spring elders use high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town and keep it isolated from the outside world.
Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teeenagers decide to break the rules and go viral with the haunting.
But no one foresees the dark nightmare that awaits them all.”
I saw quite a bit of hype a few months ago when HEX came out, at the time I had a large TBR pile, so I did not think about buying it. But a couple of months ago I decided that I should get on with it and it was in my shopping basket before I knew what was happening.
A witch has been haunting a town for about 350years and the townsfolk die if they go too far from the town for prolonged periods. Therefore, the townsfolk do not leave for extended periods and the teenagers are getting fed up. So a group of them have come up with an idea.
Okay, well, I did not quite expect that! HEX is very well written, I love the twists and the way it gave me goosebumps. I started off not very convinced, but after putting it down to read another book, I picked it back up and was hooked by it. It had me going through scared, tense and sad, there were a couple of funny moments, but mostly the previous three. I was guessing what was going to happen next the whole way through, but I had no idea it was going to end like that!
I found a lot of it too tense for my liking, but the earlier parts were good, of the Grant family trying to ignore Grandma in the corner. I think that Tyler and Steve Grant were my favourite characters, but the others were so well written I am very surprised I did not get nightmares as I felt as though I was there.
Hex did end on a bit of cliffhanger, I was like what?!? But I know that is just a stand alone, so you’re imagination will have to suffice for what happened afterwards.
While reading Hex I described it as a witch who has been haunting the town for 350 years and the lives of the townsfolk dealing with it. I would recommend it to older teenagers and adults, due to the content. 4 out of 5.