Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevy

Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevy
 Hemlock Grove
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel Mill.  A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.
Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel-where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place.  Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf.  Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all,  Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

3/5 stars (liked it)

This book was actually pretty good.  My sister-in-law told me I needed to watch the Netflix show Hemlock Grove and when I looked into it I found out it’s based on a book.  So of course I needed to read the book first.  This book follows the adults as well as the teenagers.  There are some interesting characters in this book such as the whole Godfrey family (Norman, Olivia, Letha, Shelley & Roman) and the Rumancek family (pretty much Peter).  Someone or something is killing in Hemlock Grove.  Of course everyone thinks it’s Peter since everyone believes he’s a werewolf.  Peter and Roman (who is not quite normal) team up to find out who is killing.  The killer actually surprised me.  Great writing and I love the cover.

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