Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Hemlock Grove: A Novel Paperback – March 27, 2012
|New from||Used from|
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
“This is . . . horror with a respect for its literary antecedents.” —Yvonne Zipp, The Washington Post
About the Author
Top customer reviews
Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, was a town in transition. Godfrey Steel Mill, founded in 1873, built the town manufacturing steel. But toward the end of the 20th century, manufacturing was falling out of favor in the United States. The Godfrey family transitioned from steel to health care and biotechnology. This also brought about a new type of worker - moving from braun to brain.
So the story starts amid this back drop in October, right after the harvest moon. A mutilated girl was found in Kilderry Park. The police suspect a wild animal, maybe a bear. But Christina Wendell believes it was Peter Rumancek, 17 year old gypsy who had recently moved to Hemlock Grove with his mother. You see, Peter had told Christina he was a werewolf. But is this possible? Werewolves don't really exist. They are creatures of legend, just like vampires. Clearly this was simply a case of a young man boasting to a girl. The rumor spreads through the High Schoolat any rate, casting doubt over Peter.
Enter Roman Godfrey, heir to the Godfrey fortune and class mate of Peter. He approaches Peter, asks if he is the killer, and after receiving a negative response forms an alliance to capture or kill the culprit. This is the essence of the mystery. Mcgreevy also introduces several other compelling characters that also play their part in the story and mystery: Olivia Godfrey, Roman's mother; Shelley Godfrey, Roman's 7 1/2 foot tall sister wearing crates on her feet full of potting soil; Norman Godfrey, Roman's uncle and Olivia's secret lover; Destiny Rumancek, Peter's cousin who is skilled in the ways of gypsy lore and witchcraft; Dr. Pryce, brilliant researcher working for the Godfreys and specializing in regeneration; and the federal agent sent to investigate the murders who was smarter than anyone gave her credit for.
All in all, I thought the book told a very interesting tale. The mystery, the characters, and the paranormal element made this a very interesting read.
Meanwhile, check out the book. And, the series! The casting is brilliant. The boys are beautiful and somehow otherworldly, so they lend a mysteriousness to their characters that really ups the atmospheric oddity and, the feeling of being in our world, yet not. The settings for the show also really bring it to life, it's as much a character of the show as the actors themselves. There are some incredibly creepy sets, and some great camera work. It's very tightly controlled, to make the viewer feel very claustrophobic, and, oh boy, does it work! Great show, great sets, awesome story, love the actors, can't wait to see what happens next!
The author has a style that I both liked and disliked. I thought that he got caught up in his own style, which at times was brilliant and entertaining, but at times self-indulgent and unnecessarily complicated enough to detract from understanding and enjoying the read.
The most unsatisfying part of the book for me, is that so many questions went unanswered, and if I understand correctly, there is no sequel or follow-up to address any of the remaining mysteries. I read the book after watching the Netflix series, hoping to come away with more answers, but left with many remaining. I can only hope that the concept's intrigue and promise is more fully realized in the second season of the Netflix show.
Hemlock Grove isn't your typical Vampire/Werewolf in high school novel. There is mystery and suspense around every corner. Even minor characters leave you wishing they had stories of their own. Plus you see some never before seen creatures and themes. The dialog is some of the wittiest and most intelligent that I've read in a long time. The humor is quite dry and cynical so that may be lost on some.
It didn't get 5 stars because the book feels very incomplete. It reads very much like a rough draft. I really wish someone had sat down with the author and told him to flesh things out a bit more.
I have just started reading this and so far it seems the producers stayed pretty true to the book. The two main characters Roman and Peter are captivating as well in the book.