What a stitch- up!
released 28 April 384 pages | Hardback/ ebook Author Thomas Olde Heuvelt Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Every town has its fair
share of problems: drugs, vandalism, an undying manifestation of ancient evil haunting the streets.
Okay, the last one is probably restricted to Black Spring, the town at the centre of Hex. Back in the 17th century, witch Katherine Van Wyler was punished by having her eyes and mouth stitched shut and being left to die. Her spectral presence now lingers in the town. The locals have grown used to her spectre, and an organisation called HEX has been established to make sure that no one ever undoes those stitches and unleashes Katherine’s dark powers once more. Guess what some of the locals are planning...
Equal parts Stephen King and The Cabin In The Woods, Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s novel is a pop page- turner with an intriguingly weird ambience. Although he subverts Katherine’s menace with humour – the local kids trip her up and place sunglasses on her – it’s always clear that they’re poking a hornet’s nest.
Some of the characterisation is sketchy and the prose suffers from the occasional tone- deaf line, but that may well be down to the translation from the Dutch. And it’s forgivable in such a funny, surprising and eerie novel.
Want to try before you buy? You can read the first chapter of Hex online at Tor. com: http://bit.ly/hexchapter1.