FTC Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Summary from the back of the book: “Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered. Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. Not only is she being haunted by Amy in her dreams, an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s suspected 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 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.”
This is the first in a trilogy.
What I liked about the book: It’s a well written paranormal mystery – a thriller really. It’s a faced paced story that is well written and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Not surprisingly there is a love triangle, but the story really centers more around the mystery of Amy’s death. There’s also a bit of political intrigue and somewhat new twist on racial profiling. The characters are well developed. It is easy for the reader to become engaged in each character’s story. Mac is a strong female protagonist that I, for one and looking forward to reading more about. Peacock did an excellent job with the ending – tying things up nicely, but still leaving the reader wanting more and looking forward to the next installment.
If you are looking for something different than the usual vampire/magical paranormal story you should Hemlock to your reading list.
Released on May 8th. Amazon recommends this for ages 14 and up. A good solid read for teens and adults alike.