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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
  • 27-05-16

Just brilliantly creepy

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wow - creepy !

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  • Teri
  • Eastbourne, England
  • 19-04-18

Amazing story!!!! Amazing narration too!!

What made the experience of listening to HEX the most enjoyable?

I loved this book. I would never, ever watch a horror film but somehow its alot less scary when you listen to an audible book.

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  • Francesco
  • 04-06-18

Just not very good.

The premise is sort interesting but I found it really hard to care. This may be in part due to the narration which is is fine 80% of the time but terrible when doing smaller speaking parts particularly on unsympathetic characters. Also characters are so shallowly depicted that all their implied relationships feel hollow. Couldn’t be bothered finishing it.

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  • Gaynor
  • 19-06-17

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.