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Publisher's Summary

The English-language debut of the best-selling Dutch novel, Hex, from Thomas Olde Heuvelt - a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-nominated talent to watch

Whoever is born here is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles 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. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent 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, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

This chilling audiobook heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.

©2013, 2016 Thomas Olde Heulvelt, Nancy Forest-Flier (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Wow i'll be sleeping with the lights on for a bit!

I am a huge fan of the horror genre, any medium, i.e. movies, audiobook, etc. Of course my all time favorite writer is the King 👑 but after you've read them all a few times you start to notice that there are only a few authors in this genre who are anywhere close to the level of talent of SK. Until I found this book!!

character development was great! at the end of the book I was left wondering about the fates of many supporting characters. This, to me, is a sign that I actually cared about what happened to them! You are only able to connect with so many characters when each of them is drawn in vivid color.

The concept of the book was awesome and really original IMO. I love the idea of the town living with the knowledge that they are haunted by the BP Witch and even cover her up so that the rest of the world doesn't SEE...pun intended.

Do yourself a favor and get this book. it's worth two credits in my opinion!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Dark Story...Odd Narrator

As horror stories go, this one is pretty dark. And I write this as a hardened horror novel addict. The premise is promising, intriguing and different, and the story stays strong despite a slight lull in the middle. But fair warning, it gets pretty grim. The writer continues to allude to it and you, the reader, keeps saying, "Worse? It gets worse for these people?" and it does. it just keeps getting worse for the fair residents of Black Spring. So if you like your horror stories mottled with actually horrifying things, you will be satisfied.

Now, the narrator...pretty rough on the ears. Nasal at best, it's the characterizations that are brutal. Half of the characters are women and each one sounds whinier and more repugnant than the next. I would prefer he just varied his cadence as opposed to trying to sound...I don't know...feminine? It was not a great audio experience.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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A movie worthy book

I gave this book 5 stars all around due to not being able to stop listening to what would happen next.The "witch" creeped me out,yet intrigued me at the same time.This one is right up there with Stephen King's scary books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A masterful tragedy

Don't expect a happy little ending, but do expect a fantastically woven tale about the deprave depths of the human heart and its everlasting consequences.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator problems and a story that didn't deliver

I had hoped for more from the ending given the slow buildup. Unfortunately the reveal didn't fit so well with the rest of the plot pieces. Also, the narrator chose to make all women sound like poor parodies of a New Jersey accent and teenagers sound like voice cracking cartoons. Really ruined the atmosphere.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Excellent impulse purchase!

Bought this on a whim and loved it. Only thing stopping it from getting 5 stars was that the narration wasn't excellent. Not bad, but not excellent. Very absorbing listen...i listened in 2 sittings while clearing out my closet!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Disturbing

Very interesting and riveting story, which made me listen to the end, although I really have to admit that often enough I found the rather detailed description of some scenes very disturbing. And at no point in time would I have foreseen the end of this story and am rather stunned still (just ended it ;))... Not to spoil it I will not comment on that further.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-08-17

Really enjoying the story but hate some of the reader's voices

I'm halfway through the book and I'm really enjoying the story. It's not so much scary as it is creepy. I was listening to it alone last night, really wishing my boyfriend would hurry up and get home. I kept thinking about what it would be like to have the witch appear in my living room...or at the foot of my bed... The creepiness sticks with you, a bit like the film IT FOLLOWS stuck with me for weeks after seeing it, and I keep peeking behind shower curtains and opening closets just to make sure the witch isn't silently, blindly staring at me. The reader is generally good, he has a lovely voice with a touch of gravel...but man, some of his female voices are annoying. Especially Griselda -- he's really channeling Edith Bunker and it grates after a while. Otherwise, I'm enjoying his performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story

It took me a while to get used to the narrator but once I did the story just flowed.
Great story, it gets really dark. I had to stop listening for a couple of days after the beginning of the second part to make peace with what was happening

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Worth your time

Very unique take on the ghost and witch genre. While the book is solid throughout the ending was a little weak for me, but I still recommend the book.

I loved the modern take with technology interwoven. The characters were interesting and found yourself caring for them. I also enjoyed that you got multiple perspectives of the situation.

Many of my questions were left on answered and somethings just didn't make sense.

Believe that he watched some of my favorite horror movies from his take on things he added.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful