Mackenzie and Amy were best friends.
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 boy-friend, 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.
Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.
I was pretty wary of reading Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock. It’s a werewolf book and I can only think of two werewolf books that I love. But it was pretty clear from the first chapter that Hemlock was going to be an addictive read.
While I had a couple of problems with Hemlock, the plot and the pacing were never one of them. There’s tons of action. It made the book really hard to put down. The mystery plays a huge role in the story and it’s not a predictable one. For most of the book I was kept in suspense or guessing the wrong things. When I finally did figure it out it was nearing the end of the book. I really liked the way it all unfolded and that it wasn’t easy to figure out.
My only issue with Hemlock was Mac. I really liked her at first, but somewhere along the way I just lost touch with her. Does that even make sense? I couldn’t connect with her later on it the book and I think it was because I just didn’t connect much with the romance. There was supposed to be all these consuming feelings and I just didn’t feel them. I still liked the match up. I think it will develop more in the next book and I’m excited to see that.
I also felt like things got a tad melodramatic toward the end. There was lots of relationship angst and things started falling into the love triangle zone, but the mystery in the rest of the book made up for it. Hemlock isn’t something new, lots of adult urban fantasy have had a similar werewolf plot, but it was a fast and entertaining read.