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Book review: 'Hemlock Grove' by Brian McGreevy

'Hemlock Grove' by Brian McGreevy is a dark horror thriller sure to please fans of the genre.  It was made into a Netflix original series and the second season premiered on July 11, 2014.
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Brian McGreevy is an American author whose horror thriller debut novel “Hemlock Grove” was released in 2012. It was adapted into a television series by Netflix and the show premiered in April 2013. The second season premiered on July 11, 2014.

“Hemlock Grove” is set in the fictional town of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania and after the town’s steel mill closed many people lost their jobs. Now the town’s two main employment sources are the Hemlock Acres Hospital and the Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies which is run by the Godfrey family. The book opens with the discovery of the body of a teenage girl brutally killed during a full moon. Rumors soon start spreading that a werewolf is responsible for the murder and fingers start pointing to Peter Rumancek who is a 17 year old Romani who just moved into town with his mother and is believed to a werewolf.

Peter becomes close friends with Roman Godfrey who he soon realizes is an upir and together they set out to find the real killer. One of the local girls, Christina, discovers the remains of another murdered girl and that sets her over the edge. When Roman tries to attack the Godfrey Institute he falls into a coma but when he awakens he and Peter are even more insistent of finding the person responsible for the killings. The town’s sheriff’s twin daughters are also killed but during this time Peter is down because he was shot with a dart while in wolf form. This exonerates him and soon he and Roman discover who the real killer is.

Overall “Hemlock Grove” is a good work of horror science fiction about werewolves, vampires and teenage drama. It could be compared to the Twilight series but it’s much darker. The action is fast paced but easy to follow but readers should be warned that the sex and violence are rampant and graphic. Those who have watched the Netflix series have found the book useful because of its detailed character descriptions. Regardless it’s a good debut novel by Brian McGreevy and sure to please fans of the genre. Hopefully there will be more books in the future.

*A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.