Author: Kathleen Peacock
Age Group: Teen
Genre: Fantasy/Horror, Mystery/Thriller
Series: Hemlock, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
The bottom line: I loved this novel. Despite some flaws and cliches and a slightly predictable love triangle, it was scary and lovely, the prose beautiful, and anyone, girls especially, looking for a horror novel to read would love this.
Hemlock begins with the main character, Mackenzie Dobson, mourning the untimely passing of her best friend, Amy Walsh. Confused, left spinning after the loss of her only friend, Mac tries to go back to her life, though she can't seem to shake the feeling that something about Amy's death is wrong. Why? Because in this new world Peacock has created, werewolves are real, and discriminated against, seen as bloodthirsty, vicious killers--and Amy's death only seems to confirm the belief. Soon Mac is drawn into a world she didn't even know about, where secrets hide in plain sight and suspicion and hysteria run rampant in Hemlock and around the country. I couldn't put this book down once I began it, eager to solve the puzzle it presented.
Where Hemlock ends, it leaves room for sequels, and the title is the first in a projected trilogy. Any fan of Ellen Schrieber, Andrea Cremer, Cynthia Leitich Smith, or Stephenie Meyer would thoroughly enjoy this novel, as the romance takes the spotlight just as much as the mystery itself.