by Kathleen Peacock
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
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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.
Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love. (Goodreads)
I found Mac to be a very likeable character. She’s definitely not one to sit around and wait, but she jumps in head first and not always into good situations. She’s very insecure and self conscious, and that makes her very relatable. She’s been abandoned over and over again by the people that she loves, and that makes it hard for her to trust people. Especially her friends and what’s left of her family. Mac is very flawed, and because of that, I found her to be a great heroine.
While there was a bit of a love triangle in the book, it was extremely well written. I chose my side pretty early on in the book, but I have to say that I loved both Kyle and Jason, and each for very different reasons. Kyle had all of the characteristics that I love for a male protagonist, but Jason was a tortured soul that gets me every time. It was very hard to choose between these two captivating young men.
The storyline for the book was very engrossing. I figured that once you had read one werewolf book, you’ve pretty much read them all. I was wrong. The story was fresh and unique in its own way, and it managed to grab my attention and hold it through the book. The pacing was just right for the story, never boring, but never too fast paced as well. It was just right.
Overall, I really loved this book, so much more than I expected to. Hemlock was an intriguing read that kept me turning the pages. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, to see what adventures Mac, Kyle and Jason will take us on next.