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Review: Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

By / April 24, 2016 / no comments

Hex is the English Language debut by best selling Dutch writer, Thomas Olde Heuvelt. At it’s core, it’s a paranormal thriller, though paranormal fantasy or urban fantasy wouldn’t go astray.

HexBlack Spring is a town that is cursed. An evil witch resides in the town and compels everyone born there or has settled there to never leave. Those who go too far from Black Spring for too long will have decrepit thoughts of suicide. Not only that, but the Witch appears and disappears throughout town. Because of this, the residents don’t let the secret out, they don’t want others to fall into the trap but more importantly, if outsiders were to know, then it could spell the death of everyone in Black Spring. However, some bored teens decide to test and record their “experiments” on the Witch, something highly forbidden. As with many experiments though, things go terribly wrong.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into, at first I was afraid that I had accepted to read a horror book, something I am not keen on, but at most it’s a thriller. Thomas Olde Heuvelt does a fantastic job of keeping you engaged with the story with multiple view points and the history of Black Spring. As the story progresses ,you understand why rules around the Witch are in place and like that feeling you get when you know you are doing something wrong, following the boys and their experiments gave me exactly that feeling.

The ending is probably a bit perplexing. It reminds me of watching Japanese Anime/Manga. The ending is super weird and takes a lot of analysis to understand what is going on. In some sense the ending was also very much like old school sci-fi. The philosophy behind ideologies plays a part and definitely gets you thinking.

If you are after a different kind of fantasy or want a stand-alone book, Hex is a thrilling read.

About the author

Jon Snow

Believe it or not, Jon Snow really got into reading only after reading A Game of Thrones back in 2002. Previously the only fantasy he had read were Lord of the Rings and many Magic: The Gathering books.While juggling teaching life, he tries to keep up with recently published books.


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