Author: Kathleen Peacock.
Published: May 8th 2012.
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 0062048651 (ISBN13: 9780062048653)
Sort: Part one of ‘Hemlock’
Source: I received a copy from the publisher for this honest review.
Challenge(s): Paranormal & Bingo.
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.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
This book is filled with a lot of surprising twists, something I really liked. The story is pretty simple. Mackenzie, Amy, Jason and Kyle were best friends, until Amy is murdered by a werewolf. Their group is starting to fall apart. Jason was Amy’s boyfriend and he is trying to join the Trackers. They are a non-governmental group against werewolves. Mac decides to search for the werewolf herself to keep Jason away from them, but she gets threatened by the leader of the group. That’s when Kyle comes to the rescue, but he makes things only worse.
Mac was a solid character. She is loyal to her friends and she had some brave moments. Her background story is sad, but she never whines about it. I didn’t know what to think of Jason, but I liked Kyle. Amy was terrifying, because she appears in Mac’s nightmares. This girl had a lot of secrets. There are some other interesting characters, like Mac’s niece Tess and her friend Ben.
This book didn’t blow me away as much as I expected. There was a bit too much teen angst for my taste and the Kyle/Mac situation started to get annoying. I wanted more action and investigation, instead of love drama. Halfway, there is something that looks like a love-triangle and I didn’t like it. But, like I mentioned before, there were some great twists. I always like it when an author can surprise me by going into a different direction. The plot was good. I liked how Mac slowly unraveled the secrets around Amy’s death and the ending of this book makes me excited for part two. The only thing I’m worried about is that it might be a book filled with even more drama, since the mystery is solved.
“Are you alright?" he asked warily. "Sure," I lied as I turned and headed for the stairs. So softly that only a werewolf could hear, I added, "You can't lose what you never had.”