Book Review: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt


Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Published: 28th April 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 380
ISBN13: 9781444793215

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 seventeenth-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.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, let me thank Hodder and Stoughton for my review copy via Bookbridgr!

Hmmm… I was expecting some horrifying, nightmare-inducing story, but sadly, for me it really wasn’t.  Granted, everyone is different but I didn’t really see a scary side to this book.

It was brilliantly written though.  Parts of the story were written as a witness account, asking the reader questions, involving them in decisions.  Other parts were written as it was happening.  Great writing style, and good character depth.  it was a shame some characters weren’t built up more – like Matt who needed something extra.  The setting of Black Spring was great.  In fact, the whole storyline was great.  I enjoyed the book, and just disappointed I didn’t find it scary.  It’s been a while since I read a horror book and wanted a good scare!

The ending was a tad gruesome, if not a little confusing for me.  I had to keep re-reading bits for it to sink in and  help me understand what was happening.  Without giving anything away, it’s making me wonder if Katherine wasn’t in a long line of people who were keeping Black Spring living in fear.  What happens to Steve after the ending? Was it Tyler at the door? Did he go through with the stitching?

I read part of the acknowledgements and it said something about the ending in the Dutch version? Has anyone read it? Is it different?? That perked my interests slightly.

So, overall, an enjoyable story, great characters, great settings, and an unexplainable ending. However, because I didn’t find it scary I’m rating it 3.5/5


My Most Excellent Idea!

So I’ve had a whoops moment today. I went to the library to return the 12 books the child got from the library this morning and while I was in there I had the most excellent idea I’ve had so far this week.

What is this excellent idea? I hear you ask! Well, that was to look at what they had…..
I normally only grab 2, maybe 3 books at a time… Not today though… 6 books.  6 quite big, bulky, hardback books! What a wonderful idea that was!!!

My list of books:
The Invasion of The Tearing by Erika Johansen. The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.  But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.  

I’ve been looking for this book everywhere after reading the first one.  I’m so glad i saw it! Plus it’s saved me a few pennies, and bookcase space!! I’m already planning on curling up with this one this afternoon during child-free and man-child free time!!

The Lola QuartetThe Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandell.  Jack, Daniel, Sasha and Gavin, four talented musicians at the end of their high school careers. On the dream-like night of their last concert, Gavin’s girlfriend Anna disappears. Ten years later Gavin sees a photograph of a little girl who looks uncannily like him and who shares Anna’s surname, and suddenly he finds himself catapulted back to a secretive past he didn’t realise he’d left behind.  But that photo has set off a cascade of dangerous consequences and, as one by one the members of the Lola Quartet are reunited, a terrifying story emerges: of innocent mistakes, of secrecy and of a life lived on the run.

While I struggled with Station Eleven by the same author, I did enjoy it so I’m hoping to enjoy this as well.  I’m loving the cover as well, it’s simple, elegant, and quite catching in it’s minimalistic way.

Meet Me In ManhattanMeet Me In Manhattan by Claudia Carroll. In a New York minute, everything can change …
You don’t mess with aspiring journalist Holly Johnson! The man she fell for is not all that he seems – because sometimes dating online doesn’t quite go to plan. She’s decided to fly to the Big Apple to surprise him and to get some answers. And if her plan works she’ll also get the scoop of her career …
But as she steps out of her yellow taxi and the first snowflakes start to fall, it’s Holly who has the surprise of her life.
What should be a dream come true is looking a little like a nightmare. But Holly is determined to get her New York happy

I’m a complete sucker for story like this. A soppy, romance with a bit of a twist.  I love them!! And I love the cover again!!

The Saffron TrailThe Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley.  Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.  After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant.  It’s there she meets Amy – a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts.
This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own ‘saffron trail’ – from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families’

This has been on my to-read list a while, again never being able to find it anywhere other than online.  The cover is a stunning mixture of colours and the story is, fingers-crossed- going to be just as stunning!!

Fix YouFix You by Carrie Elks. You’ve found the one, but what if life has other plans?
London, 31st December 1999
At a party to toast the new millennium, Hanna meets Richard. He is a gorgeous, wealthy New Yorker. She is a self-assured, beautiful Londoner with no interest in clean-cut American men. They are from different worlds and have nothing in common… except for their instant – and mutual – attraction to one another.
As the clocks chime midnight it is a new year and the beginning of a wonderful romance.
New York, 12th May 2012
Hanna, the girl who broke Richard’s heart, walks into his Wall Street office – and back into his life – to reveal an explosive secret.  He was sure they were meant to be together forever, but she broke his heart so completely the last time, can he find a way to let her mend the pieces?
Warm, witty and a perfect piece of modern romance, Fix You is a love story to melt your heart.

Again, a sucker for a twisted love-story!! And again, which I never realised when I picked it up, another New York setting!

Prey (A Jefferson Winter Thriller, #3)Prey by James Carol. Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in Upstate New York. Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong?  Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.
The clock is ticking, and as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything…

I loved the first 2 Jefferson Winter books, I hope there’s more to come as well!! As soon as I saw this I grabbed it, I didn’t even read the blurb.  Again, I’m very very excited to be reading this!!!


I also received yesterday Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt from Hodder & Stoughton for review.  This version gets published on the 28th April (I think anyway!). I’ve given up on the book I was reading to make room for all these ones as I seem to be on deadlines for the next few weeks!

What’s everyone else reading on this dreary Friday?