HEX BY THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: 5 stars
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, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.
This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.
WOW. This book totally blew me away! It is haunting yet sad, very dark and frightening, and pulled together with a message that is sure to make you think! I honestly can't believe it took me this long to read it because this book has been on my radar for a while now, but I am so glad I sat down and did. It's the perfect book for fans of paranormal and witchery and for those who love a good scare. I myself have always had a spot in my heart for these creepy books and this one certainly chilled me to the bone making me want to find more just like it. I do want to warn readers though that some of this stuff in this book are bound to give you nightmares. The way the witch is described and the way she just finds herself sitting at the edge of peoples beds while they are sleeping... Well, that's only a little taste of how nightmarish this book is. And because of all this I find myself looking over my shoulder at night now thanks to the author, Thomas Olde Heuvelt. BRAVO!
With that being said, this is a story about a curse that has plagued one small town for centuries. All of the townspeople fear this curse because with it comes a witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. Those who touch her commit suicide. Those who leave her alone are fine. But anyone who dares to try and take the thread from her mouth or eyes will cause harm to all of the people within the town. What kind of harm is up to the readers to find out of course...
This book is told in differing POV's, which is a good way to go because readers are allowed into the minds of several characters within the story. Also, through these eyes readers are able to view the culmination of the witches curse and what happens (on a personal level) to those who don't obey orders from the counsel that is trying to keep them safe. With this is is also There blood, gore, and a lot of death. At some moments you may feel connected to the characters despite all this but don't get to close because you will be sad to see what happens to them when they go against orders... And you may not like it...
Overall, this is a fantastic and stunning read. It starts a little slow but really picks up as the book moves forward. I also think the ultimate message behind the book is perfect. So, if you like scary reads that will leave to nightmares and screams, this is your book! Otherwise, find something else...