Release Date: May 8, 2012
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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.
HEMLOCK was a throwback to that old CW series, Veronica Mars with the dream sequences, poor little rich kid and the devoted girl who'll stop at nothing til the mystery of her bestfriend's murder is solved. Amy reminded me so much of Lilly Kane from her personality to the secrets she kept from Mac.
This wasn't happening. My life was not becoming one of those torrid
teen-angst shows on cable
I love the characters especially how they keep on taking twists and turns that kept me second guessing my "well-formed" theories. The murder mystery is well constructed as it went beyond whodunit and turned out to be this gaping bottomless hole of treachery and intricate motives. You wouldn't believe who the perpetrator of Amy's, a senator's granddaughter, murder in the end.
I also loved the dream sequences, it lets us get to know Amy better and it reiterated how much her death is a big loss to Mac, Kyle and Jason. Now Mac is a stand-out heroine in my book, I love how she didn't act all stupid and emotional despite discovering uncharacteristic things about Amy, she remained loyal to her memory and their friendship to the end. Mac has her moments but overall she dealt with everything like a grown up would.
It was official: my life belonged on the CW
I'm still a little flustered about HEMLOCK, the story took a life of it's own and it's hard not to be invested with it. The love triangle wasn't nauseating and I hope that this will start a trend of more decisive teenage heroines instead of the usual unbelievable femme fetales we always read about. I like Kyle better than Jason but I think that the latter has some aces up his sleeves that might sway Mac to his direction in the next book.
The ending is a promise of even more exciting events, the hunted has now become the hunter and personally I want to know the depth and implications of Amy's murder in the big picture.