Title: Hemlock (Hemlock #1)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Release date: May 8, 2012
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.I love this book so much; I needed my dose of werewolves; Hemlock is a really good book about them.
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.
Hemlock takes place in modern day, (I had the vague idea that the story was in the time of Little Red Riding Hood), 12 years ago the government announced that the werewolves were real and this was caused because of a virus; the Lupin syndrome is transmitted via bite or scratch from an infected person and this can turn you into a werewolf.
Hemlock is a small town that had several attacks by a werewolf, one of the victims was Mac´s best friend Amy. Five months after the attacks the Trackers arrived to Hemlock with the purpose to hunt down the werewolf and found among the citizens others infected and send them to the sorf of concentrations camps. The Trackers are sort of a human supremacy group that use force against anyone that is suspected to be infected.
Mac is a 17 year-old girl, she´s strong, loyal, smart and protective of her love ones. Since Amy´s dead, Mac has been haunted by vivid dreams-nightmares (really creepy) of Amy and these dreams along with the arrival of the trackers motivates Mac to investigate Amy´s murder.
The male characters are both best friends of Mac, Kyle and Jason. Kyle is the supportive friend that always is there for her, the responsible, the reliable and the love interest. Jason was Amy´s boyfriend, and son of the wealthiest and most powerful family in Hemlock; since her dead he´s start drinking and is having anger problems, but he´s not a bad guy. These three people are grappling with guilt over the death of Amy, Mac because she canceled the date to go out with her and stayed at home, Kyle because he didn´t answer her call that day and Jason because he didn´t arrive on time for her.
Hemlock is fast-paced, page-turner with twist and turns that I wasn´t expecting, it also has suspense, mystery, romance and werewolves. I really loved this book.