Author: Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of Publication: 28 April 2016
Number of Pages: 384
Read between: 24 Aug – 06 September 2017
What a TRIP! This book is fantastic. If you’re looking for Halloween fiction that will legitimate scare the crap out of you, this is the book!
Hex is a bit of a slow burner for the first 50 or so pages but once the momentum grows, it’s an absolute rollercoaster. The level of creep increases and increases and you’re constantly feeling uncomfortable. It’s brilliant. Try reading it as the sun starts to go down and you’re about to walk home in the twilight.
Yes, it’s violent. Yes, it’s physical violence against women but the male characters experience far worse. Yes, it’s so far-fetched it doesn’t seem real BUT you have to suspend your disbelief.
Some people have critiqued Hex saying it’s misogynistic and yes, if you’re inclined to deconstruct a text from a feminist point of view, you’ll have an absolute field day. Now on some levels I don’t disagree but if the reader takes the text from a humanist point of view, you get a morality tale that exposes the very best and worst of us as people. I also feel that some readers take up a book and immediately start to look for the negatives and the flaws. I try not to do that. I only pick up books I think I’m going to like and if I don’t like them, I simply stop reading them and return them.
This is going off track but what I want you to understand is that this book is hard to read because it does expose us. It does challenge us to think about how we treat other people. It does challenge us to think about others ahead of ourselves. The greater good and the opportunities we shut down because of fear.
Just read it. I doubt you’ll be disappointed and if you are, isn’t that equally as great.
Summary: Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she’s there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die.
The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiralling into a dark nightmare.