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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  817 ratings  ·  236 reviews
SEVEN-X is a bone-chilling exploration into the root of evil within us.

Freelance Investigative Reporter Eddie Hansen gets a tip on a missing death row prisoner, Annette Dobson, known as "The SIDS Killer."

Eddie adamantly believes Dobson's execution was staged and that she was secretly shipped to a Behavioral Health Center in a remote location outside the small town of Dell
Paperback, REVISED 3rd edition, 270 pages
Published March 6th 2012
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May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seven-X is one of those books that stays with you long after you read it. There are so many layers to the story and such depth of thought that I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading and kept wanting to go back and read more. I'm anxious to see if there is a sequel or additional volumes coming because the ending left me wanting to know so much more about Eddie, Annette and the baby Kevin.

I found these characters fascinating and haunting, as well as the demons. I ended up googling
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! I didn't want to put it down! It was very intense, creepy to the core, sent chills down my spine anticipating what was going to happen next! The wording was sensational! The way it was written made me feel as if I was right there with the main character Eddie Hanson in that mental hospital and experiencing the things he did while there! I highly recommend reading this book. You will be glad you did! I really hope this book gets made into a movie cause I will deffinetly ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Talk about one wild ride!!! Let me tell you, I love watching scary movies and reading scary books. To the point that if I have to watch a movie alone, I will. Also, not much scares me. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire read. I was constantly asking my self, “Is it this,,, is it that,,,, no really!!!” I really enjoyed reading this story. Some mentioned it reminded them of Shutter Island it was much better then that movie. The only resemblance is the setting.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Intense is one good word to use. I would also use Vivid. The battle between the forces of good and evil are a long standing, tried and true story premise. I knew a little about SEVEN X before I picked it up, but I wasn't at all prepared for the trip I took in the reading. I knew for instance the story had something to do with an asylum. I did not expect to actually find myself there just because the main character, Eddie Hanson was there. I was surprisingly denied the privilege of sitting in det ...more
Andrew Clayton
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Seven-X is the classic definition of horror. (Dictionary) An overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear. YES. This book delivered all of these feelings with such precision and unique story telling; yet there was also beauty, redemption and humanity. This contradiction is what made it so compelling to me. I haven't read a book where the protagonist becomes the antagonist and vice-versa. The narrative bounces from first to ...more
Brenda Jenkins
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
INTENSE!!! This is the best way to describe Seven-X. I got sucked into the story immediately and stayed up all night reading. I got chills, looked around the room and was acutely aware of every sound, sight and feeling inside me as I read. The writing takes you in and locks you into the asylum and you live and breathe through Eddie (the main character) as he investigates a mystery surrounding a missing death row prisoner who is shipped to an asylum for an exorcism. The demons seem so real and th ...more
Erin Dunn
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
First off I won my copy of this book through the goodreads giveaway.

I LOVED it! For me, I got the feel of Shutter Island + The Exorcist + Paranormal Activity. Seven-X was so chilling, intense, well written, fast paced and kept me wanting more the whole time. I couldn't put the book down! I loved the character of Eddie and trying to figure out if he was going crazy, being possessed by a demon, or if they were in fact drugging him. This is one that is going to stick with me and I will think about
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I got hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put this book down. I had to stop a couple of times just to calm down. Seven-X gets in your head and keeps you wanting more, while freaking out. It's deep, mystical, unsettling, haunting, tragic, funny at times and incredibly well written. I feel like I am in Eddie's shoes, committing myself into this asylum and living through his experience. And all the while I ask myself, could these demons be haunting me too.
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bad Ass! Creepy to the core. F*@ks with your head. I loved it. Hadn't read a book that had me so engrossed, freaked and hooked at once. Good stuff! ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Scarred from A rough childhood and A divorce he never wanted even though he fell out of love with his ex-wife, Eddie Hansen's heart broke every-time he thought of his daughter loving her Stepfather. Melody Swain was his lover and partner who'd dictate his notes when he broke the story to his job at the LA Times that Six time murderer Annette Dobson was at the Uphir Behavioral Center in the boonies of Uphir, Texas! Annette was sentenced to die for the murder of her six infants and when he brought ...more
A gift from Mike Wech on Goodreads.com. I am digging in on 9/22/12. And away we go!

I read this with only a break to sleep. I had read It by Stephen King when I was in high school...no book has scared me before or since until Seven-X by Mike Wech. This novel devoured me! I didn't want to put it down. At the same time, I felt my heart racing from fear and the unbelievable twist and turns. It was as if I was with Eddie while he made his journey through his investigation at the behavioral hospital.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just devoured Seven X in one sitting. Yes, it was that good. Mike Welch has crafted a very entertaining and original story that will keep you turning pages until the end. Lots of meat, not filler in this story. A lot of books in this genre will skimp on details and use violence as a filler, the author has obviously done a lot research.

Eddie Hansen is an investigative reporter who has knowledge of death row prisoners being send to an asylum after presumably being executed. Thinking that this is
William Higgins
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best books I've read in awhile. A smart, intense, thinking man's thriller with a horror edge that immediately brings you into the action and keeps you there through every twist and turn. The writing is so vivid and the style is so unique, weaving first and third person narrative so seamlessly that it feels like you are a part of the story as you read it. You become locked involuntarily into the asylum with Eddie and live and breathe his nightmare as he tries to break the story ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book has got me looking over my shoulder. It scared the hell out of me. It was one of those books you're afraid to read but don't want to put down. The author throws you right into the madness and keeps you hooked as you adventure deeper into these experimental proceeders the main character is a victim of. This is a must read for any fan of psychological, spin your head around horror. ...more
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow. That was one of the creepiest books I have ever read. The end sent chills through me like no other. I read the reviews before I read the book and a good thing I did. Make sure to read this book during daylight hours only. I received this book from GoodReads First Reads.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. From the moment I opened it till the moment I finished I was captivated. The ending left me starving for more, can't wait to read more from Mike Wech! ...more
Maxien Gorry
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed it! I want more! I see this author becoming one of my favourites amongst, James Herbert, Tess Gerritsen, and Stephen King.

For a debut this was excellent. Edge of my seat, didn't want to put it down and even though I don't spook easily, this managed to get me looking over my shoulder. Loved it!

I would like to say that I don't understand how the very few who have reviewed this and given negatives about it. They claim to be athiest so couldn't get their heads around the Bible and
Charles Schmidt
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story will make an incredible film. As opposed to the Exorcist, which depicted the outward effects of demon possession, the main character, Eddie Hanson, a reporter, risks his life and soul to expose the experiments of an asylum on victims without their consent, including Annette Dobson, a SIDS killer, who's execution is faked, so that she may undergo an exorcism and give birth to the child the world thinks she killed. He is voluntarily admitted to this end. Through Eddie, the author traps ...more
Taylor Ross
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books
After reading reviews, I decided to give Seven-X a try. What a pleasant surprise! I couldn't put this book down. The story devoured me like Eddie in the asylum. I literally had chills reading at night. It was so intense and real that this book put me in another dimension. I can see why people want to read during the day. This is one of those stories that pulls your heart into your throat and chokes you with it because you feel like you are the main character diving deeper into the madness. I lov ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Extremely intense! Wonderfully written! Scared the crap out of me!

I loved this book. Mike Welch has an amazing gift and talent for writing.
I could actually feel the hair on the back of my neck stand on end and feel the
demons breath. It had me watching for shadows and listening for strange occurrences;
not to mention turning on all of the lights in house as I walked into dark rooms.

I will be reminded of this book everytime I hear the words
psychiatrist, lethal injection, or possession!!

Amazing jo
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seven-X is one of the most intriguing books I've read in a very long time. From page one, I was hooked on the protagonist's story; for me, it is not normally easy to invest in a genre I am not familiar with, but this held my attention. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series and I gladly anticipate its transfer to the big screen. Well done! ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a fondness for some horrors from way back when, as a little girl, my gran used to let me stay up late at her house to watch Hammer House of Horror films. This book reminded me of that a little but with a bit of American Horror Story (the mental asylum one)/Shutter Island thrown in. It’s a little bit bonkers but all the best stories are. I’ve reviewed books before where I’ve said I enjoy them most when the author throws everything in there. As long as all the loose threads are sewn up a bo ...more
David Donaghe
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I read the account of the main caricature's meal in a diner in Dell City Texas, I knew I was going to like Seven-X. The author described the experience as going back to the fifties as in Back to the future. I too had the experience of eating at the diner in Dell City Texas, a small town with a population of less than 500. My experience was more like stepping into the Twilight Zone. I pulled up in a 1987 GMC Suburban with tinted window in the middle of a rain storm, walked into the diner and ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I must say "this book is very intense." I stopped reading because it was too much for me. I had some bad dreams and needed to put it down. I may try it again, but not now. If you are the kind of person like me who is sensitive to spirits, then I suggest caution, liking reading during the day (as others have suggested) or with people nearby, NOT alone at night. If you can handle true horror, you will enjoy this book as the story is very entertaining and different. The writing is vivid and passion ...more
Kristin Scearce
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book copy by the author, with whom I have personal affiliation.

This book was amazing! Scary, thrilling, suspenseful, had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen to Eddie next. The plot reminded me of "Shutter Island," while the use of Audio/Video/Journal Logs seemed like all those "shaky cam" movies that we all hate to love, except this was actually good. I could actually put myself in Eddie's shoes, which was completely terrifying. I had al
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindlebooks, horror
One of the best mind blowing books I have read in years. Mike Wech keeps you in the edge of your seat dying to know what is happening next and where would Eddie end up, and most of all what he would find out or if he would even leave this Institution. There's not a dull moment to be found in this book. ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Creepy and intelligent!Read straight through because I just had to know how it would play out! Loved the ending!
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This novel was fantastic! Other than another Horror novel, I had no idea what I was getting into. It was so well written that I was drawn in from the very first page. It was so accurate and seemed so real, I began to wonder if Eddie Hansen really existed. I loved the way it drew me in, put me on an emotional rollercoaster and wondering if Timothy’s accusations are true. I must admit, this book gave me chills! I was hoping Eddie would go home and save himself, instead his quest for truth put ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Won a copy courtesy of the author via First-Reads. He is from my home town of Buffalo, NY!

This is one psychological/spritual roller-coaster you won't want to miss. With a touch of something just about everyone can relate to, Seven-X makes you think, and think twice. Kudo's to Mike for an excellent read, the hind-sight viewpoint of the journal writing style fits perfectly, making the reader contemplate exactly what they are reading, and go back more than a few times to fact-check/compare. Definit
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I received this book from Mike Welch for my Kindle!! Thanks so much. When I finished this book I was going to give a 4, but as I continued my 3hour car ride I could not get it out of my mind. I had a knot in my stomach through the whole book and by the end reading it by flashlight I was pretty freaked out. I cannot wait to see what the next book brings. I am not sure if I should be worried that Eddie and I have the same birthday!! Great first book! Thanks again for the free copy!
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Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mike grew up with the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres heartbreaking losses, which may have led him to write horror for his debut novel.

Surviving a near death experience, a debilitating car accident and a career in Hollywood, Mike has maintained his persistence to overcome obstacles and pursue his passion for telling stories that transcend time.

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