Book Review: Hemlock Grove

Posted October 8, 2012 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

Last week’s read, Hemlock Grove, is an interesting tale filled with every conceivable monster imaginable. It’s a Gothic novel with an intriguing murder mystery at its heart. According to Goodreads :

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. 

I really enjoyed reading this book, but I have to admit I was very confused about what was happening throughout most of it. Part of it had to do with me being in denial with what was happening. I don’t want to spoil the book, but there were some things that happened outside of societies norms. As I read the novel, things I was unclear on became clear, but some things did not. I’m still a little confused to be honest.

What I liked most about the novel was the relationship between Roman and Peter. I thought that was interesting, and would like to see where that will go in any possible sequels. I’ve heard 2 were planned. The mystery was also very good, and I loved guessing who’d done it. As for the romance. Yuck! That’s all I’m going to say on that front. None of the couples are worth rooting for. Except maybe Roman and Peter, and they didn’t have a romantic relationship.

If I had one criticism for this novel, and author Brian McGreevy, it would be to decrease the number of supernatural creatures. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, angels(?), Dr. Frankensteins, serial killers, etc. is just too much for one novel. Also, the family “connections” were a bit overboard. I’m just saying. Any who, if you are interested in checking this out before the series premieres on Netflix in 2013, give it a shot and tell me what you think.


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