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 spiralling into a dark nightmare
I had been looking forward to reading Hex for months and have to say that I was slightly disappointed. It started off well, when the newcomers were told how life would be for them and how spooked the animals were.
But then two different threads started, one that involved worshipping Katherine and one that involved bullying her. And they both contributed to the hysteria that made up the rest of the book.
The only characters who felt well developed were Grim and Katherine and I did enjoy the parts of the novel where they featured. I struggled to take the storyline with the teenagers seriously. At first, it was humorous but I didn’t really understand why or how it ended up being much more sinister.
I had fully expected it to be similar to Stephen King’s novels and being scared to go into a dark room but sadly it wasn’t to be.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received via NetGalley.
In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.
Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbour town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where 18 year old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister.
As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted rollercoaster ride that builds to a stunning conclusion.
I can’t remember the last time that I read a novel that had so many twists in it. Don’t You Cry takes place in Chicago in early winter. Quinn and Esther are housemates and when Esther disappears Quinn starts to realise that nothing is as it seems. At this time we meet Alex who lives on the outskirts of the city. He was forced to stay in his hometown to look after his alcoholic father when all his friends left to pursue their dreams. Life is mundane until the girl he names Pearl comes into his life.
The narrative switches back and forth between Quinn and Alex. Just when I thought I had it all worked out something else was revealed and proved me wrong. I think there was only one small part that I solved correctly.
I really liked Quinn, she was aware of her faults and still wanted to be there for Esther even though she was hurt by things that she was finding out. Alex as well, put his whole life on hold to care for his father and to help a girl that he knew nothing about. Reading this novel makes me want to add her previous ones to my already towering pile of books to read.
With thanks to the publisher for the copy via NetGalley and to Cara Thompson for the chance to appear in the blog tour.
If you only read one more book you should make it this one.
Jenna moves to a remote village to help rebuild her life after a tragic accident. The first part of the novel switches between Jenna in her new life and the police force who are trying to solve the case.
I had been told by a few people that I needed to let them know when I reached 47%. This only made me more curious to which way the book would go. All I can say is that when I did reach it I was dumbstruck. I sometimes work out twists early on but this one I didn’t see coming.
From then on it was impossible to put down. The book carried on the same way, telling Jenna’s story alongside the police. But alongside this was another tale. These chapters were among the most disturbing and sinister that I have ever read. I am quite grateful that the chapters are fairly short.
A superb, exhausting, impossible to put down novel by an author I will be definitely looking out for in the future.
Thanks to the author and the publisher for the cop via NetGalley.
If you like crime fiction and don’t mind something that is a little different, then Normal by Graeme Cameron is for you.
Narrated by the killer, who is just your everyday normal guy, you don’t know what he’s called or where he lives but you know that he is a murderer and kidnapper. And it seems that he is impossible to dislike. You read how he stalks people, kills them, disposes of them but all the way through it is written in a humorous way. If not exactly falling about laughing you will definitely be smiling as you read.
I ‘liked’ the narrator, if you can like a killer, but Erica is just brilliant. I just had no idea what she was going to do next.
I will definitely be reading more by the author who is like a breath of fresh air.
Thanks very much to the publisher and the author for the copy via NetGalley