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Review: Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock 

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.

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.


I'm not going to lie. I've read better Werewolf books that this one.

The story itself is an interesting twist on the whole werewolf idea. The world is a place where werewolves are very much known about to the point where their rights are discussed in public debates by government officials. The story itself focuses around Mackenzie, a teenage girl who lost her best friend in a wold attack.

The main thing I liked about this book was Mackenzie and the relationships she had with the people around her. She is very much one of those characters you can really root for as you follow her throughout the book. She live with her cousin after being abandoned as a small child and she very much treats her friends as extensions of her family which is clear to see in the way she treats them. There is a bit of a love triangle going on as seems to be the norm in all teenage paranormal books I seem to pick up of late. The main plot line involves Mackenzie attempting to get to the bottom of the story behind her friend's death as she has this gut feeling that something isn't quite right with it.

For me the plot-line was painfully slow in places and I spent much time willing for something to happen and for the story to get itself moving. This is a shame because when the action did start it was awesome and I loved the way it went and the mystery behind what actually happened to Mackenzie's best friend. The story itself was left very much open but not in a cliff-hangery way which was also quite nice too.

Not the best werewolf book I've read by a long slot but an interesting twist on the overall idea which you will enjoy if you love paranormal romance.


I really liked Mac too-she was so fiercely protective of those in her circle and definitely easy to root for.