Summary

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 17th-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.
©2016 Thomas Olde Heuvelt (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 27-05-16

Just brilliantly creepy

Listened to this twice, properly spooky and genuinely new, while being grounded in the tradition of witch stories of old... Recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 21-10-16

Brilliant new concept

Excellent fresh new take on a horror novel involving a witches curse.
At the very beginning I wasn't sure what was going on as you are kind of dropped into the story without any background information and I was kind of confused (you will understand when you listen) but I'm glad I stuck with it as I was rewarded greatly.
It was a real rollercoaster of a novel, extremely scary at times, also funny and in places very moving, it was difficult not to feel for the main characters.
The narrated did a wonderful job at telling this tale, and I applaud such a terrific audiobook.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Francesco on 04-06-18

Just not very good.

The premise is sort interesting but I found it really hard to care. This may be in part due to the narration which is is fine 80% of the time but terrible when doing smaller speaking parts particularly on unsympathetic characters. Also characters are so shallowly depicted that all their implied relationships feel hollow. Couldn’t be bothered finishing it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Gaynor on 19-06-17

Whoaaa .... and then some!!

I read this bone chilling story after S King highly recommended it. You should stop what you are doing. Read. This. Book.

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