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Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
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Series: Hemlock #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Format: ARC
Source: Michelle - The Passionate Bookworm
Buy it: Powell's

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

There are WEREWOLVES in this story. WEREWOLVES.

The story surrounds the mystery of a white werewolf who happens to be a serial killer. Werewolves AND serial killers? This was definitely my kind of book. Let the excitement begin.
It was interesting to read about lupine syndrome being known to the public and announced as if it was just a new disease spreading in the nation. Becoming a werewolf was treated as an incurable disease that was transferred through a scratch or a bite. With the new threat of werewolves, attacks become more common, especially in the small town of Hemlock.

Mac (Mackenzie), Amy, Jason, and Kyle, were as close group of best friends. The dynamic of the group instantly changed after Amy’s death. Jason was Amy’s boyfriend and her death sent him plunging into even deeper trouble. Which then leaves Mac and Kyle with a new awkwardness that was never there before. There is a start of a love triangle between the best friends, but each relationship come naturally and has been building up for years.
Kyle and Jason are both strong and... interesting. Jason comes from a rich family and is constantly neglected by his parents. He's often described as arrogant and spoiled, but occasionally has a good heart. Kyle on the other hand begins to uncover secrets that makes him a mysterious character. 

Mac is the kind of girl that wants to save everybody. She’s not afraid to stand up against people regardless of the dangerous situations she could end up in. The places she ends up for doing this are unbelievable and only feeds into her exciting character.

A part of the story that creeped me out, besides having an unknown killer on the loose, was the snippets of Amy. Her history was weaved in by her visits to Mac through her dreams. And those dreams were quite vivid.

The mystery, action, and romance of Hemlock fully captured my attention. I was kept guessing through out the whole novel on how it would end.

Overall: 5 out of 5


  1. Great review,Vy. I have this one on my TBR for this month and after reading your review I think I need to read this one next. I'm not a huge fan of werewolves but I'm still eager to read this one. I hope I love it as much as you did!

  2. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this one. I cannot wait to read it! I'm in need of a good mystery. Awesome review, Vy! Thanks for your input.

  3. The cover screams out mystery! I have only heard amazing things about this one so I will definitely put this one on my whislist. Amazing review as always

  4. I loved this book! So glad you did as well. I totally agree about the dreams of Amy. Those were majorly creepy!


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