Halloween Pick: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

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In the killer horror novel Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, the people of Black Spring have been living under a curse for hundreds of years –  a curse cast by Katherine, the Black Rock Witch.  The witch, whose eyes and mouth are stitched shut, still wanders through the town and enters people’s houses at will, but the townspeople have been able to co-exist with her by following a few simple rules: keep track of her location through a specially designed smartphone app, accept the fact that no one will ever be able to leave town again, and never ever open her eyes.  It’s an uneasy compromise, but it’s worked for the last several centuries, until a group of teenagers unintentionally sets in motion a horrifying chain of events that will send Black Spring back to an apocalyptic Dark Age.

This novel knocked my socks off.  The writing was terrifyingly cinematic, the writing was dynamite, and the story created such a palpable sense of dread that I felt my stomach drop every time a chapter ended.  If you enjoyed movies like The Witch or The Blair Witch Project, this book is a MUST-READ.

Other books you might enjoy: The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin, House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy, or The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon.

 

 

Happy reading!

—Katie, Adult Reference