As soon as I read the synopsis for HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt I knew that I had to read the book. Like, as soon as possible. A town haunted by a 17th Century witch, accused and tried for witchcraft. Eyes and mouth stitched shut, legend has it that if these stitches are cut open, everyone in the town of Black Springs will die. To make things worse, if you live in Black Springs, you can never leave. The Black Rock Witch placed a hex on the town, all living there will stay there until they die.
In the present day, security cameras and iPhone apps are used to track the witch’s appearances. The technology is also used to quarantine the whole town. Trouble is, teenagers don’t want to follow this quarantine, resulting in a downward spiral of horror for Black Springs.
Oh wow! This is the first book in as long as I can remember that actually creeped me out. Urgh, a freaky witch turning up and just standing there. It’s straight out of a nightmare. Just like the freaky bit at the end of The Blair Witch Project, except HEX is way more creepy.
The author, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, manages to perfectly capture the growing hysteria in a small town. HEX is a great study of the way stressful circumstances can bring out the worst in people. The reactions of the townspeople are scarily realistic. The growing tension can be palpably felt as you read HEX.
For a horror lover like myself this book is a true gem. HEX is such a well written and genuinely creepy book that I felt like I’d won the jackpot when reading this. I cannot rave highly enough about this book. I believe that this is going to be made into a TV series, I’m looking forward to see how that goes too. 5 creepytastic stars!
***Disclaimer – I purchased this book myself. This review is my honest opinion***