Willowgrove by Kathleen Peacock Review

18297655Title: Willowgrove

Author: Kathleen Hemlock

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: eBook

Publication Date: January 6, 2015 

Overall: 4 out 5 stars

Source: Edelweiss


Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock’s riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac’s best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy’s ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf “rehabilitation” camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good.




Willowgrove ended up being quite the surprise for me. I have liked this series since I first found it, and Willowgrove is no disappointment. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. There did come a point about halfway through where I started to get concerned that maybe there wouldn’t be a finite conclusion, and I was glad that I was proven wrong.

This book was full of surprises for Mac and Co. Things with Kyle and Jason are just as awkward as you could expect, and it’s clear from the very beginning that the winner is going to be Kyle. That ended up being okay though, because there was quite a sweet romance blossoming for Jason, and it was nice to see that tender side. Jason needs someone to need him, and this person fills that role beautifully.

I won’t give away any spoilers, but I felt like the world was ending in this book. It didn’t pull any punches, in fact it was like getting beat in the face. Punch after punch kept coming, to the point I was finally relieved when the book was over, because I just wanted these characters to have a freakin’ happy ending. And it was a good one. Not great, because real life is never perfect, and this ending certainly was not perfect. But it was as plausible as anything I could have hoped for. It was sweet, sad, and everything in between.

Kathleen Hemlock did a fantastic job of building characters that we could empathize with, and wanted them to get everything they deserved. While reeling from all of the twists, it was nice to read about some things being stable. These were characters that you could depend on to stay true to themselves.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Despite being what I hoped for, there was just something missing for me. Maybe it was that the ending wasn’t perfectly happy, and in a way I felt like these guys deserved it. I think it was more that there was just too many revelations in this book. I feel like they should’ve been spread out between the last book and this one. There was really no time to come to terms with anything, and then the book was over. Still a good read, and I definitely recommend the series.





4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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