Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock Review

Kathleen Peacock

Publication Date:
May 8, 2012

Harper Collins Canada

368 pages

CAD $19.99

An ARC was provided by Harper Collins Canada for review! Thank you!


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.


Wow! What an incredible debut novel written by a fellow Canadian! Honestly I wasn’t into werewolve themed novels but this one just became my favourite. Maybe the beginning was terribly slow, but I was already interested in the characters and the plot so I had no problem plowing through. The mystery within this novel kept me reading on way into the night.

Mac and her friendship with both Kyle and Jason were just sweet and sure they were all friends even when Amy wasn’t around. Still I couldn’t help but feel weird when there were so many signals that Kyle and Jason fell for Mac, and she was too clueless until it blew up in her face. I guess there’s a trend with love triangles in young adult books and I can understand why. It makes for a great dramatic read. I feel like I’m reading a soap opera. Was anyone else aware that Mac was always in trouble and the guys had to swoop in to save her? Damsel in distresses in books make me laugh. She was so utterly stubborn and got herself into such dangerous situations for making such rash decisions. I love the witty dialogue between the teens.

So much mystery, romance, and action that I can’t help but pick up a final copy of this book. Can’t wait for the next one!

Rating 5/5


“I stared into Jason’s eyes, and for a split second I had that feeling you get when B elevator drops too quickly.”—Mac

“You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved.”—Kyle

“I put everything I had into the kiss, all the things I didn’t know how to find the words for—the fear that I had almost lost him, the relief that he was all right, the worry that he would leave.”—Mac

“Was everyone in town a werewolf and I just didn’t get the memo?”—Mac

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at booknerd.ca. She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.