Title: Hemlock (Hemlock #1)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Release date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen
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 has made a werewolf fan out of me. I was scared to read it because werewolf stories aren’t usually for me. However all the glowing reviews changed my mind. Hemlock is a werewolf story but it’s also so much more. I’m so glad I read it so I can add my praise-filled review to the tons already out there.
The werewolves in Hemlock are considered monsters but they aren’t uncommon creatures like in most books. Lupine Syndrome is the cause and it can be transferred by a bite or scratch. Being a werewolf in Hemlock just means you’re diseased. However you are still treated like a monster and in some cases the werewolves are definitely monsters.
Mac is a little bit of a stereotypical character. Rather plain girl, pretty best friend (who was murdered), multiple boys in love with her, and totally oblivious to things going on around her. It was pretty easy to see that Jason and Kyle both had feelings for Mac but she needed to have that spelled out for her. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Mac, I just thought she was a little out of it at times. She definitely had spunk though and I loved that about her.
As for Jason and Kyle I didn’t really love either of them. They both seemed like good guys but I didn’t see any chemistry between Mac and them. Jason was seriously messed up but he had a good heart. Kyle was the better of the two but he was always trying to protect Mac, even when she didn’t want or need protection. I hope to see more development of both boys in the next book.
Now there is a bit of a mystery to Hemlock. Mac’s best friend, Amy, was murdered by a werewolf. Mac and Kyle set out to find the wolf responsible. Amy herself actually plays a bit of a role in the mystery solving as well. She visits Mac in remarkably realistic dreams and helps point her in the right direction. The mystery is solved in this book but things are by no means tied up. There is plenty left to uncover in the sequel but enough solved to leave readers satisfied. It’s the perfect balance.
Overall, Hemlock is by far the best werewolf book I have read. After reading this one I’m willing to check out some more werewolf stories in the future, especially Hemlock’s sequel.
Looking for more reviews of Hemlock?
Candace’s Book Blog’s review
Tynga’s Reviews’ review
Hemlock (Hemlock #1)
Untitled (Hemlock #2)