I was hesitant to read this because I have never been drawn to books about werewolves, but Hemlock was a very pleasant surprise in a sub-genre that can so easily deteriorate into something like a B-Movie. Mac is still recovering from the loss of her best friend and is also trying to keep Amy’s boyfriend from completely losing it, as well. Mac’s best friend Kyle is also dealing with some heavy and unknown issues, so life has been a bit stressful for everyone. Mac is smart and determined, as her somewhat hard scrabble life has taught her to be, and her love for her best friend drives her to find the truth. There are a lot of very exciting twists and turns in this book and once I got into the story, I did not want to put it down.
I think what gave this book a little extra something was the dystopian feel to this world with Lupine syndrome. People are encouraged to report their friends and neighbors and those that are unlucky enough to contract it, and get caught or turn themselves in, lose their civil rights completely. That really added to the feeling of desperation in this story and reminded me a bit of the Red Scare in the 1950s. The Trackers are a terrifying organization and when they are given complete power to “cleanse” the town, it seems that nobody is really safe. There were elements of a political thriller woven into the story and I loved the blending of those details along with the more paranormal werewolf aspects. Overall, Hemlock was extremely entertaining and definitely worthy of a place on your summer reading list.
I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.