Book Review: Hex

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.  Published April 26th, 2016 by Tor (English version)

Blurb from Goodreads:

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past. 

My Take:

Hex was a pretty good book. It was an interesting story witch complex and sympathetic characters. The premise was different from anything else I’ve ever read, and the overall message of the book was striking. The ending was…disturbing, but this is a horror book, so you have to be prepared for that kind of thing. I didn’t really find it to be all that scary, but due to the strength of the story itself and the writing, I’m giving it 3.5 stars. The author says in his acknowledgements that the original Dutch version had a different ending. I would really like to know how that one ended (he wouldn’t say). If anybody who reads this knows, please tell me. I’m just really curious. Anyhow, I’d say this is an interesting read, but not what you want if you’re looking for something really scary.

Creep Factor: 1

3.5 stars

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