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HEX

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Publisher's 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 17th-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 spiraling into a dark nightmare.

©2016 Thomas Olde Heuvelt (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Jonathan LondonUnited Kingdom 27/05/2016
    Jonathan LondonUnited Kingdom 27/05/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "Just brilliantly creepy "

    Listened to this twice, properly spooky and genuinely new, while being grounded in the tradition of witch stories of old... Recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 21/10/2016
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    "Brilliant new concept"

    Excellent fresh new take on a horror novel involving a witches curse.
    At the very beginning I wasn't sure what was going on as you are kind of dropped into the story without any background information and I was kind of confused (you will understand when you listen) but I'm glad I stuck with it as I was rewarded greatly.
    It was a real rollercoaster of a novel, extremely scary at times, also funny and in places very moving, it was difficult not to feel for the main characters.
    The narrated did a wonderful job at telling this tale, and I applaud such a terrific audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    janien hampshire, UK 18/06/2016
    janien hampshire, UK 18/06/2016 Listener Since 2010
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    "A pretty scary witch story"
    If you could sum up HEX in three words, what would they be?

    Original and pretty scary.


    What other book might you compare HEX to, and why?

    There are elements of a particular Stephen King book within but that would give too much of a spoiler. The author though takes that story in a different direction to the Stephen King book, so it's not a copy!


    What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Jeff Harding is a superb narrator. Some reviewers say his voice isn't the easiest but I loved it. He does various voices well and has an echo conversation down the telephone technique that made me sit up and take notice about half way through.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Stephen King recommended book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book is a great concept and pretty scary. The first half is sensational, the finish not as good as the first part had me expecting. I think this is an author to watch out for more from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Sheehan 09/06/2016
    L. Sheehan 09/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "An odd book."

    I didn't love this story.

    It did have potential and the performance was ok - interesting voice.

    The story tried to make the extraordinary ordinary in a small town. But it didn't work for me. I couldn't suspend belief enough to make this enjoyable.

    It's translated and that sometimes seemed to give it a strange cadence. But this changed and the changes jarred with me.

    It reminded me of Wayward Pines. And they did it better.

    Wanted to like this and didn't.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E.lorinda 04/03/2017
    E.lorinda 04/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting concept, pitiful writing style"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe people who don't like to read would like this book...people who usually go for check-out lane pulp magazines instead of novels.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have enjoyed the book more if it hadn't been written in such a cliched style. The prose, especially the dialogue, was so wooden as to make one wince.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Harding?

    O, God! ANYONE! Jeff Harding is TERRIBLE at women's voices and makes everyone sound largely similar. He also reads everything with an undue sense of drama, like he was narrating a movie trailer, not reading a book.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The concept is an interesting one, it's too bad it was so terribly executed.


    Any additional comments?

    you can't be frightened by what you find laughable. This book isn't horror it's accidental comedy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11thc girl 30/08/2016
    11thc girl 30/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Full of originality and a tense atmosphere"

    I have to say that I was kept hooked throughout in this very eerie nightmarish tale. It took a few chapters to get into it but once there I was enthralled. It started out almost like a black comedy with the author's humorous narrative driving the story. It was not told from one character's point of view which enriched the story and as it builds up to a really horrible climax, I just could not stop listening. This is a really creepy tale for those who love horror, a real scared fest in traditional sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maxine 04/07/2016
    Maxine 04/07/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow - creepy !"

    What a clever story . Well narrated . I Really enjoyed it will look out for this author again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma 05/06/2016
    Emma 05/06/2016
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    "great book would recommend"

    Would make a terrifying film.......Don't listen at bedtime !!!!!!!
    a little bit like wayward pines but still fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy 14/06/2016
    Jimmy 14/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding listen."

    What a revelation this audio book was to listen too! A brilliantly told and narrated story that had me thinking about it even when I wasn't listening!

    Top stuff indeed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    sarahmoose2000 09/05/2016
    sarahmoose2000 09/05/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Whispering Katherine"

    This was a weird wee tale. A small town has a witch from olden times still present in its houses and surrounding woods. Despite the fact this would scare the pants off me, the townsfolk have decided to live alongside her as long as neither upsets the other.

    Of course things never run that smoothly and the witch starts wrecking the joint, nae luck!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Whoaaa .... and then some!! "

    I read this bone chilling story after S King highly recommended it. You should stop what you are doing. Read. This. Book.

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