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An exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.


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.

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Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by FSG Originals (first published March 1st 2012)
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    paula
    DO NOT read reviews of this book. Except maybe this one because I am not going to say ANYTHING.

    There's a standard question people ask in interviews: "What book would you most like to read again for the first time?" My answer always has been Love & Rockets because I was so totally unprepared for a comic book to turn out to be an actual novel, and because I fell in love with the characters, and falling in love is always a wonderful experience.

    Now I think I'd have to say Hemlock Grove, because...more
    Toni (U.A.C.)
    Hemlock Grove (Urban Fantasy, YA)

    One weekend when I was at home watching TV, I noticed a new Netflix Original TV Series called Hemlock Grove. There are a total of 13 episodes. I watched them all. The series starts off really slow but eventually picks up the pace and there are a few moments of "Oh, wow! What did I just see?" Like the scene of Peter shifting. It was unique and memorable. But the negative side was that there were a ton of unanswered questions and dangling plot points.

    Then someone s...more
    Michael Clark
    I'm glad other reviewers have pointed out the problems with basic rules of punctuation and point of view in this novel. They are so often frustrating and distracting that it robs the novel of whatever interest it might have.

    Two things recommend it: a great werewolf transformation scene, and lots of kinky sex scenes that seem designed to push it out of the Twilight demographic.

    Other than that, it's confusing, it has characters that do stuff for no reason that's ever clear, it reeks from the odor...more
    PopInsomniacs
    Apparently I was excited enough about Eli Roth's adaptation of Hemlock Grove, soon to air in its entirety on Netflix, to devour Brian McGreevy’s novel in the space of less than two days. Yeah, that’s right, I sped my way through an entire book instead of babysitting it like I always do (even the ones I legitimately love, which, by the way, is not how I feel about McGreevy’s creation).

    The basic premise is that when the bodies of young women are found brutally mauled in the fictional town of Hemlo...more
    Wendy
    I started reading this yesterday because I enjoyed the show on Netflix. WOW. This writer should be grateful that someone more talented at subtlety, character creation and storytelling saw the value in his work. I can't believe they made such a captivating television show out of this piece of garbage.

    I was shocked how badly it is written and what poor language is used in the book sometimes. For example when Peter sees the prayer group in school he thinks to himself "Oh. Gay." WTF? Why? That did...more
    Jocelyn
    May 05, 2013 Jocelyn marked it as i-tried-to-read-might-finish
    Shelves: monsters
    I can't tell if the author thinks that this is actually how teenagers speak or if it's some literary tool that I'm not catching on too. But "go suck an egg" is not a thing.
    Victoria
    I really tried to finish this book. It is pretty rare that I don't finish a book, no matter how terrible it is, because I can usually find at least one redeeming character or plot point to capture my curiousity. Unfortunately, this book did not even manage to provide me with that much. I made it to the 185th page - more than halfway through, and I just couldn't force myself to read another page. And this was actually the third try I made to get into the book past the first 20 pages.... When I fi...more
    Katy
    Apr 27, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: Fans of "Frankenstein"
    Recommended to Katy by: Amazon.com Vine
    My review can also be seen here:
    http://www.amazon.com/review/R14JPY9S...
    Please note: Read in Feb. 2012, just copying the review here.
    Trigger Warning: Scene with a cat that will be distressing to sensitive readers.

    Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the Amazon.com Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

    My Synopsis: Hemlock Grove is filled with interesting characters and facilities. There is the newly-arrived Peter Rumancek, a half-breed gypsy and werewolf. There is Roman Godfre...more
    Sheldon
    All right, let me get one thing out of the way: Yes, I read this book because of the Netflix series. I have a sick compulsion to read books that movies or television shows are based on so I can understand the source material and supposedly have a greater appreciation for the adaptation. Note the use of the word “supposedly.”

    Now for a second disclosure: I have not finished watching the Netflix series yet. I'm about halfway through it at the time of this writing. While the Netflix show seems relat...more
    Andrew
    A very odd book to read, which is not a complaint. The story unspools like a Dark Shadows arc played out by a gallery of modern adolescent malcontents, maybe the cast of Skins. Solid, muscular writing, if a little too eager to impress in places. Unusually, and happily, there is no normal, bland reader-identification figure in the cast; every one of these characters is eccentric at best, distressing/disgusting at worst, and finding out who these people were kept me reading as intently as the desi...more
    Moira
    Jun 15, 2013 Moira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everyone who watched the show
    So what should happen, happened.
    I finished reading Hemlock Grove.
    I should maybe first point out that I watched the whole season (13 episodes) of the show, available on Netflix, BEFORE I read the book, and that English is not my native language.
    I will just give you a little word of advice.
    I won’t write a full review right now, because I have to gather all my FEELS about it ( and believe me, they’re legion !!! My heart is so full of FEELS for this story (book + show) that it threatens to explode...more
    Robbie Bashore
    I finished the book yesterday, and I have been waffling between giving it 4 and 5 stars, ultimately deciding on 5 (even though I almost never give a 5), for the following reasons: when I finished it, the first thing I wanted to do was read it again, so I could catch more of the symbolism and clues to the mystery; also upon finishing the book, I felt compelled to re-read all of the interviews with the author, to get his take on the novel; I dog-eared many pages to mark unfamiliar words; and I car...more
    Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
    Jul 05, 2013 Lauren (Sugar & Snark) marked it as to-read
    I've marked this as To-Read but now that I am half way through the Netflix Series (based on the book) I am having second thoughts.

    It's been 7 episodes and there has yet to be any sign of a coherent story line. The plot just sort of fumbles along. Randomly (and sparsely) dropping information about different characters around. And some of these character seem to have no purpose in the story at all. And just when you think something awesome is going to happen the "video" seems to skip and you are l...more
    Lauren
    Dec 06, 2011 Lauren added it
    I don't even know how to rate this because I have no idea what the hell happened! Damn, perhaps I'm just a dullard
    Tommy
    "Words are thermal energies. These energies were introduced into her system to become kinetic in her thighs and her fingertips and behind her eyelids. States of matter changed. Her heart became a liquid that pooled under her feet and she was a water bug racing on molecules."
    -from Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
    How could I not love a book written with that kind of balls-to-the-wall arty self-indulgence? Hemlock Grove is a supernatural psychological mystery thriller that kept my brain working fra...more
    Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
    "The flesh is as sacred as it is profane."

    "I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the dragon."


    This book is not not NOT for the faint of heart.

    Now that that warning is out of the way, may I feel free to start gushing about this book?

    Excellent.

    It's amazing. Most certainly one of the best, if not the best werewolf book I have read in a very long time. I actually haven't picked up any were books recently because I was getting a little...more
    Reed Bosgoed
    Well, I'd like those 4 hours of my life back. A friend of mine made me suffer through the TV series promising me that at some point it would get awesome. It did not. I saw the potential for a good story in the show. I told myself it wasn't fully realized because Hollywood rapes good books and turns them into schlock. So I decided to read the book. WHAT THE FUCK did I just read? I don't know much about the author, but he appears to be quite convinced of his own genius. So much so in fact, that he...more
    Mhmd.
    Oh, how I've missed such contorted mysteries. The characters were very bizarre with unearthly attitudes and a gnarled history, you'd think everyone's insane (not that this is an exaggerated statement! It is not, I think). And now I'm left with knotted thoughts that would only twine themselves every time I attempted to untie.

    Humph
    Gary
    This one I’m going to do a little different. I watched the series before I read the book. The series is an actual visual representation of the novel. It’s like they filmed the book. There are few difference but they are minor, and the series changes made the story more interesting, in my opinion.

    Hemlock Grove is an example of where staying faithful actually worked in its favor. The series is definitely a nod to reader. Reading the novel makes you appreciate the series more. For those who asks:...more
    Stina Zombean
    I just watched the entire this entire series in one day, so thank you Netflix for posting it all in one. I have loads of questions (both for things I may have missed, and things not quite addressed to completion in the show).

    I'm going to need both the book (as I have learned to watch the movie/show before I read the book) and a season 2 now, please and thank you.

    ******Finished

    Watching the series first turned out to be the wiser of the two options. Not only did I have plenty of character referen...more
    Stuart
    An enjoyable, fast paced read that somehow still manages to be contemplative and profound at odd, unexpected moments, ultimately proving itself to be more than a horror novel but a contemplation of both modern America and the anxiety surrounding the always blurry world of teen sexuality. The characters are many and, for the most part, all quite interesting, particularly as McGreevy plays his hand very close to the chest, laying out secrets and revelations like a gothic master of old, and in trut...more
    Stephanie D.
    Touted as a reinvention of the gothic novel, with werewolves and an intriguing cast of characters, Hemlock Grove by Brain McGreevy promised to be a fascinating, unusual read. I really wanted to like this book; however, something’s wrong if I struggled for almost two months to read it.

    Hemlock Grove is unusual. It has fascinating elements. It may be a reinvention of the gothic novel but I’m not sure this form succeeds. It often seemed as if the author threw in bizarre occurrences and conversations...more
    Sharon Stevenson
    'Hemlock Grove' is the dark tale of a series of gruesome murders in a small town.

    I'll admit I got this book after watching the TV show and wondering if maybe the book would delve deeper into the characters and clear up more of the mysterious elements. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't. I was left thinking this story has translated very well onto TV and in my opinion the show is better than the book.

    There are a whole host of cool unusual characters/creatures in this novel, but very few get...more
    Ms. Pansulla
    I absolutely love Gothic novels. I made it all the way through The Mysteries of Udolpho for a book club once, widely considered a genre-defining, if bloated and widely-parodied, example from 1794 (736 pages! And that's with the super-thin paper they use on nice, cloth-bound classic editions!). I tore through Frankenstein and Dracula when I was in high school, and I don't mind a dose of horror mixed in for thrills. McGreevy's updated take casts the atmospheric, "medieval" ruin as an abandoned war...more
    Elgalla
    It's probably a 3.5, but closer to a 3 than a 4, I believe. That's because there's a lack of balance between the three parts of the book; the first two parts are great, full of mystery and weirdness, they set up the characters, they set up the story and they offer equal parts of horror and fun. The third part, though, is sloppy, almost as if Mr. McGreevy got tired before the ending and tried to cram everything into a few pages. There's no sufficient build-up and we're left with some questions. O...more
    Erin
    I can't say I was impressed with this book. Typically I'm a nut over supernatural stories, and can really just enjoy them for their entertainment value (versus literary prowess). This, however, didn't even entertain me. I watched the Netflix show early last fall, and got rather hooked. While to show almost identically follows the storyline in the book, I found the book incredibly difficult to follow and enjoy. Is this an example of the t.v. show/movie being better than the book? Perhaps so. That...more
    Zerbe
    Brian McGreevy is from just outside of Pittsburgh, a city I've called my home on and off for the last 8 or 9 years, and I'd be lying if I said that wasn't part of the reason I picked up his debut novel, Hemlock Grove. That, and the promise of some serious horror and probably werewolves, judging by the cover artwork. And I got exactly what I needed out of it--though not all that I wanted. The novel, like McGreevy's life growing up, is also set right outside of Pittsburgh, in a similarly economica...more
    Ann has a dirty mouth
    I enjoyed the ambition of the book more than the book itself. I love gothic stories, and the setting was beautiful. The prose was also very unique for a genre novel- very descriptive, flowery and occasionally third wall breaking. Shelley's letters were an especial highlight for me.

    However, this one really failed in the third act for me. The characters really went off the rails and revealed sides to them that were deal-breakingly unpleasant for me. In one extra charming moment one of our protagon...more
    Christopher Carrolli
    Hemlock Grove lies within the defunct remains of the Pittsburgh Steel Mills and with it,the infamous Godfrey family, barrons of a once booming industry. But the secrets of the Godfrey family both then and now create the story at the helm of Hemlock Grove.
    Reviewers have claimed that Brian McGreevy has reawakened the gothic horror novel, and I couldn't agree more. McGreevy's strong, rich,and haunting prose is memorable throughout, as well as the strange and haunted characters that are well crafted...more
    Cassie
    Oct 17, 2013 Cassie rated it 2 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: YA horror readers
    Recommended to Cassie by: Kia
    I'm definitely guilty of reading this book because of the TV series. Despite some of what I thought were bad director choices, strange acting moments , and weird writing styles, I really enjoyed the series. If nothing else, it's the best werewolf transformation I've ever seen on screen. So I was curious to see the discrepancies between screen and book.

    Those bad director choices, strange acting moments, and weird writing styles are directly from the book. McGreevy has a lot of ill-formed thought...more
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