Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Review: Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock


Title: Deadly Hemlock
Author: Kathleen Peacock
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Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: USA:May 8th 2012|UK:July 5th 2012

Tell Me About It
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.

My Thoughts
When I first head of Deadly Hemlock I knew right away I had to read it.  A book where werewolves are out in the open, and people are infected with LS (Lupine Syndrome) by a scratch or bite.  Once I began reading I soon found myself falling head first into the pages, and only things like work and sleep stopped me from reading.

We start Deadly Hemlock as the funeral of Amy, Mackenzie's (Mac) best friend, who was killed by a werewolf. We then jump to five months later as Mac is still dealing with her loss. Mac, the main protagonist, lives with her cousin Tess, who is also her legal guardian after her own Father abandoned her. After Amy's death it put a strain on her friendship with Jason, while Kyle spends a lot of time with his girlfriend. Mac is left with one friend who she can rely on, Serena, become friends with Mac after her own friend left. Slowly Mac's world starts to fall apart. More bodies have been found as the werewolf continues to terrorise the community in Hemlock, Jason wants to join the trackers to hunt down the werewolf, Kyle wants to leave town, and someone or something is after Mac. Mac knows she has to find Amy's killer, but the more she investigates the more she puts herself in the firing line, and with increased security, courtesy of the trackers, she is finding it harder each and every day to find out the truth.

I love the new idea of werewolves being out in the open for the world to know about and this is one things that makes Deadly Hemlock unique compared to other books about werewolves. Having Trackers who hunt down the werewolves made being infected with LS even more important to keep it a secret, so I was constantly guessing over who was or wasn't a werewolf, each time a new person revealed themselves I was surprised. The mix of characters in Deadly Hemlock ensures for a story that never gets boring, no matter which character it is you want to find out more about them and their reason for doing what they do.

Between Kyle and Jason, I could never pick which one I liked most. Both had their good and bad points. While I preferred Kyle through more of the book and disliked Jason for one big thing he does, he eventually redeems himself in the best possible way. We don't get to see Amy as a 'real' character in the pages, but we do get dream sequences with her. I always looked forward to these as we get to see Amy's personality come through, but it was also a way to try to gain hints and clues over what was really going on.

When the killer is revealed near the very end of the book I never guessed who it was or their history. While things happened in the last battle that were good, the killer is never really truly caught and I am looking forward to how Kathleen is going to play this out in the next book.

Deadly hemlock not only captivates you, it drags you in head first and you want to take this ride and never stop. Deadly hemlock is an amazing start to a series that I will definatly want to follow right to the end.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of this-looks so good. The werewolfism being a virus is a good idea and the Trackers being infected themselves is always an interesting plot point. Thanks for the review :)

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