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CHARACTERS Hex By Thomas Olde Heuvelt ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Â ❰Reading❯ ➶ Hex Author Thomas Olde Heuvelt – Whoever is born here is doomed to stay 'til death Whoever settles never leavesWelcome to Black Spring the seemingly picturesue Hudson Valley town hauT 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 send the town spiraling into the dark medieval practices of the past. edit 030216 I'm having to up my stars on this one as every time I pass a dark corner I think of that bloody witch It obviously got to me than I thoughtHex starts off really well the creep factor was so high that reading it at half five in the afternoon felt far too close to bedtime for comfort For me it's not so much that it features a witch but that the witch acts like a ghost Who can turn up in your house at any time Awful Just awful Living in Black Rock is not fun a witch a curse no chance of leaving I liked the way that Heuvelt mixed the gothic and the modern within this setting The townspeople use modern tech to keep track of their witch and it is the allure of freedom through the means of modern communication and evidence that threatens the uncertain peace of the town And it also becomes clear that Katherine the witch is far from the only dark factor in the town Still I feel that the book would have been better served by keeping the original Dutch setting rather than transfereing it to an American town for the English translation Heuvelt does well to keep the tension and fear going throughout as the characters' suffering ratchets up to outright terror Yet the sheer relentlessness of it made me feel numb As and was revealed the less it scared me As always the suggestion of horror is frightening than the reality The writing was also a bit hit and miss maybe the author maybe the translator It's these few points that lessened the enjoyment for me and made me like it but not love itThanks to Thomas Olde Heuvelt Hodder Stoughton and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review

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Whoever is born here is doomed to stay 'til death Whoever settles never leavesWelcome to Black Spring the seemingly picturesue Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch a th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut Muzzled she w. There are spoilers here in case you couldn't tell from how long the review is I mean I figure that's to be assumed But I'm going to hold your hand now and say there are spoilers hereApparently I also need a trigger warning for assholes with too much time on their hands If at any point while reading this review you find yourself frustrated with my opinion a lone rural librarian with absolutely no influence on the author's bank account or sense of self esteem and decide that your best course of action would be to leave a rude or incendiary comment don't My review isn't going to change because you think I'm a feminazi or an idiot or both If you disagree with me and want to leave an insightful or critically thought out response great But if you're just going to be rude about a review that has no impact on you or the author please go find something else to do with your time Maybe see a therapist about your anger issuesSweet baby jeebus I don't even know where to begin But here goesI don't usually give one star reviews to books because if a book is that bad I don't finish it But after bringing it up in a book club I'm in the other members asked me to finish so I could report back to them on how it endedThis is one of the most oddly misogynistic books I have ever read It's about a town Black Spring that is haunted by Katherine van Wyler KVW haunts Black Spring much like The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home from Welcome to Night Vale She doesn't do much and the townspeople try their best to ignore her She comes and goes maybe showing up in your house or in front of the church Whatever Just put a towel over her mutilated face so you don't have to look at her A little bit into the book we learn about KVW's past and how she was accused of being a witch back in the 1600s but before that one of her kids died and she supposedly brought him back from the dead But then both of her kids die and KVW gets tortured and hung I mean if that's not enough to haunt a town I don't know what is But even after all of that her spirit is tortured even further when people get the idea to sew her eyes and mouth closed Black Spring can't get rid of her so they shut her up Sigh moving forward Hex mostly follows the Grant family a successful DoctorHusband a Housey McHousewife and their two sons who are perfect There's a lot of rumination on family and ethics within the family dynamic For example DoctorHusband has a clear favorite son hint not the gay one This gets repetitive and tedious One of the other characters we follow is Butcher's Wife Even though Butcher is dead and Butcher's Wife does all of the work now she's still Butcher's Wife She's also fat and stupid and obsessed with KVW So for female characters we have the witch Housey McHousewife and Butcher's Wife Finally we have Robert Grim who doesn't have anything really meaningful to contribute to the narrative except to think about all of the women as potentially sexual objects even the one with the unattractively high forehead which gets mentioned a lot A lot of stuff happens in this book Teen boys are horrid little shits and they abuse the witch even further At one point one of the kids ties an Exacto knife to a stick and repeatedly stabs the witch in the boob And here we have to talk about boobs There is so much boob violence in this book that it made me wonder if the author has some kind of fetish Dead boobs living boobs giant boobs made out of a pile of small children in the town suare this book has all the boobs And the boobs are constantly being stabbed cut sueezed pinched poked and twisted It was sick It made me sick I mean there's one reference to biting off a dude's scrotum and then smashing his testicles but that was weird as fuck and didn't make up for the constant boob mangling And as for that giant boob made of children at the end I don't know I can't even I guess the witch gets all of the children and puts them in the town suare in the shape of a giant boob and then stands on top of the boob like a nipple and pours milk into all of the childrens' faces Except it might not be the witch The nipple on top of the giant boob made of children might be Butcher's Wife spewing pate out of her vagina all over the faces of the boob children What The Fuck I'm not making any of this up And this isn't me drawing weird comparisons either The author actually describes the mound of children as a breast with the witch as a weird nippleBut all of the weird boob mutilation is almost beside the point Because this book manages to be offensive even without the boob stuff Never mind that HusbandDoctor refers to his son's girlfriend as a pert little cutie Fucking gross This is a book about a witch who had every horror done to her at the hands of her peers So she haunts the town of their descendants And the descendants do further horrible things to her all the while screaming that she made them do it The witch has made everyone do terrible things to her and each other Everything from boob stabbing to stoning to fucking birthing globs of pate It's all the witch's fault In reality she doesn't do shit except be hideously sad over all of the other things people have done to her Rightly so Even the dog who she supposedly killed really committed suicide This book might as well have been called She Was Asking For It Her Chains and Sewed Up Face Were Just Too Sexy But Wait Why Am I Going to Jail Now I just I can't with this This was offensive and weird but not the good kind of weird I only hope that some of that not good weirdness was maybe lost in translation And the last 30 pages or so some things you can't unsee This book scared me for all of the wrong reasons If you liked it good on you If you still want to read it after this review god speed and good luck

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Hex By Thomas Olde HeuveAlks the streets and enters your homes at will She stands next to your bed for nights on end Everybody knows that her eyes may never be openedThe elders of Black Spring have virtually uarantined the town by using high tech surveillance to preven. 45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum how scary could this be I asked myself It can’t be as creepy as everyone says I foolishly thought Seriously a story about a three hundred and fifty year old witch who just appears wherever she wants around town and all everyone does is throw a dish towel over her face or otherwise pretends she’s not there The whole business sounded comical than frightening to be honestWell fast forward to about a uarter way into the book and I was no longer laughing Things got dark uick and I’m prepared to eat my wordsIn spite of its seemingly peaceful and picturesue façade Black Spring is probably the last place in the world I’d ever want to find myself broken down and stranded But as an outsider at least I could always leave On the other hand the town’s residents—those who were unfortunate enough to be born there or those who unwittingly decided to move in despite all efforts to deter them—they are doomed to live in Black Spring until they die claimed by the curse of the Black Rock WitchBack in the seventeenth century when the town was just a Dutch trapper colony there lived a woman named Katherine van Wyler who was accused of being a witch and was swiftly dealt with in much the way you would expect from your typical puritanical colony back in those days Thing is though Katherine might have been the real deal Now her soiled husk of a body chained with eyes and mouth sewn shut still haunts Black Spring to this day The townsfolk have slapped on their brave faces and come to accept their curse trying to make the best of the situation but deep down they all know that one day those stitches will come off and then everyone will be at the mercy of Katherine’s deadly whisperings and Evil Eye Still the first order of business is to contain her and generations going back centuries have been successful in uarantining Black Spring and keeping its witch a strict town secret But as times change so too does the area and its people New technology has certainly made keeping track of Katherine’s random appearances easier but internet and social media have also made the world seem like a bigger place and some of the town’s younger residents are no longer content with being silenced and trapped in Black SpringWhat amazes me about HEX is how it diabolically draws you in by degrees first presenting you with an all is well scenario to get you all settled in and comfortable so that by the time things go to hell it’s too late to turn back not that you’d really want to and the only way through is forward into the nightmare The build up is so gradual that little by little a premise which initially sounded so absurd to me ultimately transformed into something frighteningly convincing and very real Even as the situation for the characters in Black Spring gets worse and worse I just couldn’t bring myself to tear my eyes away This is my favorite kind of horror novel the kind that sneaks up on you and infuses your mind with its terror without you even realizing itA story about a haunting by a seventeenth century witch is creepy enough if you ask me but the decision to have it all take place in a modern day setting is also a stroke of genius It’s so easy to look back on the witch trials of history now and blame the fear and mass hysteria on superstition and lack of understanding; after all these days we have science to explain strange but natural phenomena like aurora borealis or fairy rings But the book’s themes suggest that perhaps human beings are wired the same way no matter where or when we’re from When faced with something supernatural and unexplainable like the Black Rock Witch and a nefarious curse that appears to drive its victims to suicide outside the borders of Black Spring it’s hard not to imagine an entire town driven to the lengths we see in this storyPlus just when you think to yourself “Oh my things can’t possibly get any worse and disturbing can they” the author shows us that yes yes indeed they can As the suspense builds with every page Thomas Olde Heuvelt gleefully keeps insisting on poking this already high pressure situation with a stick ratcheting up the horror even Parts of this book actually remind me a lot of Stephen King’s Under the Dome where paranoia claustrophobia and the stifling fear of the unknown can drive otherwise sane and normal people to horrible extremes even without the help of a supernatural curse That’s the scariest part about HEX the fact that even if you succeed in blocking out the paranormal aspects of the story you can’t ignore the dark side of human nature All you can do is stand by and watch as the chilling events unfoldFinally I have to praise the uality of the translation and the way the changes were implemented from the original Dutch version of this book for the US edition Since I have no basis to compare the two versions I can’t really comment on the actual changes themselves like the one that switched the location of the setting from a small town in the Netherlands to one nestled in the Hudson Valley region in upstate New York but I can say that they were done really well and the transposition felt practically seamless pardon the pun I was really impressed and if anything this exercise showed me that the things that terrify us and keep us up at night are pretty much universalSo if you’re a fan of horror fiction and strong of nerve I would definitely check this one out Deliciously creepy and all consuming HEX was an absolute thrill The chills will stay with you long after the final page is turned