Hex was originally published in The Netherlands in 2013 but has just been released in the UK and US. It is set in a small, fictional place called Black Spring, but this is no normal American town. It is haunted by a woman from the seventeenth century whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut, she wanders the streets and can enter any home she chooses. Known to the residents as the Black Rock Witch they believe that if her stitches are cut open the entire population of Black Spring will die but a curse prevents any of them from leaving for more than a few days. Surveillance cameras are everywhere and the town is practically under quarantine.
At the beginning it was amusing to see how people dealt with her, she was hidden from outsiders by being disguised or covered up so the secret wouldn't get out. The story was far from light-hearted though and it was creepy when the witch (Katherine) was first introduced. The idea that she can suddenly appear in the corner of a room while you're doing normal, everyday things or by your bed while you're sleeping is
quite frankly terrifying. Hex didn't scare me all the way through but is original and different to anything other novel I've read before. Something that often disappoints me with horror fiction is how authors end a story, this wasn't the case with Hex though, I loved it.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Thanks to Bookbridgr and Hodder & Stoughton for my copy in return for an honest review.