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Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
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. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.
The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.
This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.
DUDE! This was amazing! I haven't read a horror story this good in a LONG time! The author pulled no punches, he just went right in for the kill, so to speak. The characters were great, and the story is simply thrilling. I especially enjoyed the backstory, and how it all came full circle in the end. I mean, WOW! I will definitely be re-listening to this one on a nice stormy night.
The narrator was good, too, though occasionally the tension felt off. Not enough to pull me out of the story, though, just enough for me notice.