Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Katherine Tegen Books, 404 Pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Hemlock #1
Mackenzie Dobson’s life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy’s killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac’s hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.
Hemlock is a great book for anyone that enjoys stories about werewolves, but is tired of the usual lore. In the world that is created by Kathleen Peacock, LS (Lupine Syndrome) is a newly known disease that can be passed via saliva or a bite by a werewolf. It is spreading quickly and those that are infected are being tracked down and dragged off to “camps”. These camps are where the unfortunate LS positive folks have to stay so as to keep the disease contained.
The main characters are great and there is a vague love triangle that later blooms into something more heated that is mixed with jealousy and passion from all sides. The entire storyline consists of the MC Mackenzie’s best friend Amy getting murdered in an alleyway by a werewolf. Amy’s grandfather is a very wealthy, powerful senator and uses his influence to push through legislation that will eventually call for all those infected with LS to turn themselves in or be tracked down. The Trackers are a group of relentless hunters set on tracking down every last infected person/werewolf. In this particular world, the werewolves aren’t on a lunar cycle, but rather can turn if they are angry or frightened.
This is a fast-paced murder mystery thriller with a little supernatural thrown in for you! I really enjoyed it because it is a different twist on the usual were-lore.