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Beth?s life is perfect, but then Beth has constructed it to be that way. She never steps outside the boundaries and never colors outside the lines, but something happens to crumble it all away. Something in the middle of the night ? something no one can remember. Something that brings on a spate of insomnia that affects the entire community. When Sadie, the town drunk, ...more
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Published October 10th 2010 by CreateSpace
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Beth
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Man with the Blue Hat is creepy and unsettling from the start. Beth Fennick, a recently divorced interior designer, is definitely losing it. Obviously, she harbors a grudge against her ex-husband, but also included in the resentment is her ex-best friend, whom Beth alternately calls a "harlot" and "his concubine" and some other choice words. However, as the tale unfolds, Beth also shows some flashes of ill-will toward her seven-year-old daughter, Kirsten. It soon becomes clear that the ...more
Terri Weitze
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
No, no, no, no, no. This is just not a good book. I stuck it out to the end (even though most of the plot is easy to figure out). This book might work as a short story because there is just so much repetitiveness. Some of the writing is okay - but the main characters are ALL unlikeable, in which case, who cares what happens to them? The author felt the need to use every adjective she could think of in order to make the text more interesting. Fail. A very tense scene in the book, and she ...more
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Sophie David
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Upon reading the synopsis, I was eager to read this book as I love stories that make me a bit scared, books that make me look over my shoulder and linger in the mind, and while this book did that in the main, there were aspects that infuriated me too. For my way of thinking the main character in any story is often the linchpin of a book, the common thread that everything is connected to and I believe it is important to make the character like-able or at least give them some redeeming qualities ...more
Julianne Redmon
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I had a very hard time getting through this book. The points of view would constantly change within a chapter without any indication that it had happened. There was also a lot of delving into the thoughts of the characters, almost too much, to the point it was distracting. Starting in the present really had you guessing what the heck was going on for the first half of the book, and not really in a good way. After a dream-like flashback at about 2/3 the way through the story things ...more
Angela Crawford
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Beth's life is perfect, but then she's constructed it to be that way. She never steps outside the boundaries and never colors outside the lines, but something happens to crumble it all away. Something in the middle of the night--something no one can remember. Something that brings on a spate of insomnia that affects the entire community.

When Sadie, the town drunk, accuses her of being the cause, she reacts in shock and fervent denial, but Sadie is insistent. She's certain that an evil Beth
...more
Boots S
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The blurb about this book sounded good to me, but I had to stop reading it because there were too many "far-out" things happening. It is just not my cup of tea.

Beth 19s life is perfect, but then Beth has constructed it to be that way. She never steps outside the boundaries and never colors outside the lines, but something happens to crumble it all away. Something in the middle of the night 13 something no one can remember. Something that brings on a spate of insomnia that affects the entire
...more
Douglas Wickard
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I was smitten with the shrunken head myself. There is a chapter describing the macabre way in which this "head" seduces its victims, creating mayhem to all it encounters. This scene is so visual, I saw the reel playing before me - sensual, dark and erotic.
Ms. Potocki certainly knows how to weave a tale. This novel catapults the small, quaint town of Breckenridge into ultimate horror, unleashing in each of the towns inhabitants what they fear most - honesty.
Each character must
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Mackenzie Brown
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
The 'Man with the Blue Hat' is not a book for the faint hearted. Set in the sleepy community of Breckenridge where the affluent usually live their lives peacefully. But something has been unwittingly introduced into this idyllic place. Residents are finding it hard to catch sleep and a kind of mass insomnia has descended upon the population. Usually affable people are suddenly edgy and Beth is blamed for the sudden change.
How can this possibly be? What could this straight-laced, attractive
...more
William Breen
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't often bother writing a review of a two star book but the author does show some potential. There are some parts of the book that flow so beautifully but the rest of it seems very rushed. The biggest problem I had reading the book was the dialogue and characterization. There are no truly likable characters and when even best friends are talking the conversation runs from friendly to insulting to angry to apologetic to nasty and back around. While some of this may be attributable to the ...more
Bob
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror, occult
This book sucked. I'm angry with myself for wasting my time reading the whole thing. I'm writing this review to hopefully keep others from wasting their time as well.
The characters in this book are not likeable in the least. Their temperament swings madly from sickening sweet to irrationally psycho, the result of a curse brought about by the main character, Beth, while visiting a castle in England. The curse has already destroyed the town in England, and now it threatens her sleepy town. It's
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Sheri
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Man with the Blue Hat by Wendy Potocki

Beth leads the average life, she has everything well planed and follows all the rules. Then one day the entire town seems to have insomnia, the town drunk Sadie is pointing fingers at Beth, as if it were her fault. It is almost like the old witch hunts in the past. Then a man delivers a message to Beth's daughter Kirsten, now things begin to hit home. Beth finds that she is no longer sure she can trust anyone and she is faced with the toughest decision
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Nicole Trott
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
*I received this book for free from Good Reads First Reads*

Wow, this defiantly was a page turner; my friend said that my eyes were the size of saucers when I was reading it. The first half of the book was on the creepy side and even freaked me out. Let me just say that I do not get scared; I have always been the brave one. However, reading this book at night in the dark made my skin crawl with goose bumps and the back of my neck burn as if something bad were to happen. The second half of the
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Sherri Malia
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CREEPY!!! This is one of my favorite genres, so I was looking forward to this. It was a little slow to start, but at the same time giving a good back story to one of the main characters. However, once it drew you in you were hooked, always waiting to see what would happen next or who it would happen to. And the way it all tied together in the end made the whole read worth it. Excellent read. Being an avid reader of both King and Koontz, this could be ranked right up there with them.
Crystal w
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story follows someone that makes a deal with the devil. Really interesting book and kept me guessing on what was going to happen the whole time. I really liked it. I didn't like how crazy she was but that is the name of the game.
Naimah Bazemore
Ok book

spelling errors and hard to follow. original plot idea. main charActer was not likeable. I would recommend if really bored.
Kathy Floyd
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

It seemed a little wordy in some places, but that might have just been my impatience in wanting to get to the end to see what happens!
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