Review: Hemlock Grove

Hemlock Grove
Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this book because I watched the Netflix series. I loved the series, but wanted answers to some of the things in the show, and thought I would get them in the book. Nope. There are parts of the series/book that are word for word the same, and the characters even use the same tone of voice and same facial expressions. I’ve never read/watched anything that followed each other so closely. There were only a few small details that added any insight to what the series had shown.

There are a few technical issues with the book such as grammar, writing style, etc. but it wasn’t too bad. Its obvious from the parts written in Shelley’s POV that the author isn’t ignorant of proper writing technique, so I am going to assume it was almost all intentional.

I haven’t found the sequal yet, but I intend to look to see if it exists after I finish writing this. I imagine that parts left out of the show was so that they could focus on certain mysteries the first season, and move on to the more complicated ones for the second season.

Overall I really enjoyed the complexity that was added into an otherwise unoriginal werewolf type story (of course there are bodies and the protagonist is being blamed, duh). The added gypsy discrimination, the obvious issues Roman has, Litha’s pregnancy, and the general mystery of the order of the dragon, the hint of LOD, and just what exactly are the Godfreys. All this makes a fuller setting, allowing the werewolf lore to be simplified and traditional, and the mystery makes it harder to put down. Even having seen the series first, I was still reading it like I needed to know what was going to happen next (and could easily guess).

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