Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

26 06 2012



Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Hemlock was a fun book with an interesting mystery, but felt too campy for me.

A year ago Mac’s best friend Amy was killed by a white werewolf. She misses her best friend and is constantly having nightmares with Amy in them. But that isn’t her only problem: besides Amy, four other people have been killed by werewolves. The town lives in terror of werewolves, and is frantic that more people will be killed.

Enter the Trackers, a vehemently anti-werewolf organization. After the announcement that werewolves existed a few years ago, the organization started to fight and combat the problem. They take all werewolves and people who were bit to detainment centers and constantly look for werewolves or people who were bitten. Due to the werewolf attacks in their town, the Trackers come to town, and Mac’s friend Jason joins their ranks – to her horror.

As Mac comes to terms with the nightmares and tries to figure out what they mean, and recover from Amy’s death, she decides to investigate the murder and solve the mystery once and for all. With her friend Kyle, she hunts around town looking for clues – and tries to save Jason from the Trackers.

Hemlock has a bit of a campy tone, and the book knows it. It flaunts the campiness, makes light of it. The romance is very heavy and a love triangle forms – between Mac, Jason, and Kyle – and the romance is filled with soap-opera-esque lines, about never leaving your true love and how much they truly love each other.

The book is comfortable in its campiness; there are plenty of references to TV shows and romance novels and even a statement where Mac says that her life has become like the shows on the CW channel. This tone was kind of fun to read about, especially since the book was comfortable in being campy, but after a while it became grating.

The mystery was fairly easy to solve and I guessed the culprit easily, as some of the clues to me seemed extremely obvious. There was also a large number of supporting characters, most of which were introduced and then cast aside, so when the characters returned I didn’t recall who they were.

Peacock’s writing is strong, however; Mac’s voice is chatty and sounds like a real teenager. Peacock’s writing is also very lush and descriptive.

I’d give this book to fans of panoramal romance, or people who enjoyed stories like the Shiver series by Maggie Steifavter or titles like Die For Me. While this book was not my particular favorite I think that it would have strong appeal to readers, especially teenage girls interested in panoramal romance.




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