Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
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.
HEMLOCK is haunting paranormal read that will keep you up into all hours of the night. Full of unexpected twists and turns, you are in for the ride of your life upon opening this book. Peacock will have your head spinning and the reader desperate to unravel the mysteries buried in the town of Hemlock. Be prepared to not be able to set the novel down. You won’t be able to after starting!
It’s so refreshing to read about strong heroines. Mac is one of those who doesn’t let her fear get in the way of solving the mystery of her friend Amy’s death or protecting her friends from those who wish them harm. Yes, she does get herself into things that she probably shouldn’t by having this mind frame, but where would the action be if she didn’t?
For those who don’t like love triangles, fair warning that there is kind of one in HEMLOCK. It isn’t as obvious until a little ways in, but it is still there. Even with that though, it is tastefully done. Mac knows who she wants and while she is a bit oblivious for the most part, she wasn’t swayed. I appreciate that, especially with all these unnecessary love triangles out there. This one was needed in a way to connect plot lines.
While some may think that werewolves are out, Peacock makes me want more of them! She has set up the book in a way where they aren’t repetitive or the same old werewolves in your average story. They are unique in their own way and I loved where she went with them in this world. I especially liked the fact that she didn’t have a major cliffhanger at the end! While there are still some questions left to be answered, I was satisfied with the ending and would be delighted for more.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced paranormal YA with a bit of romance, HEMLOCK is the book for you. You’re going to love it, I promise!