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Publisher's Summary

A charismatic young writer reinvents the gothic novel, bringing a fresh energy to our darkest myths and deepest horrors in an expectation-defying tale of adolescent deception, ravenous violence, and rumors of werewolves.

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, where some suspect that 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, sexy control-freak of a mother, Olivia.

As the crime goes unsolved and the police seem more and more willing to believe any outlandish rumor, Peter and Roman decide the only way to save their own skins is to find the killer themselves. Along the way they uncover local secrets and designs that are much bigger than some small-town murder.

Hemlock Grove is an exhilarating reinvention of the gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares. At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and darkness within, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right - and Brian McGreevy, the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

Brian McGreevy grew up near Pittsburgh and received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Now a screenwriter who has had two screenplays featured on the best of the year Black List, he is working on an adaptation of Dracula for Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company. He lives in Los Angeles.

©2012 Brian McGreevy (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A rare stroke of genius…. Like a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and J. D. Salinger, this is a real emerging talent.” (Philipp Meyer)
“McGreevy cleverly contemporizes the gothic novel, underlining the isolations of modern-day technology and adolescence.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Very similar to the TV show

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed it, though I can see why it wouldn't appeal to some. I got the book because I had watched the show and was hoping that the book would clarify some things from the show; it did, but not the ones I was hoping for.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't really have a favorite character. Of them all, I dislike Shelly and Destiny the least.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not really. The narration was probably the worst thing about this audiobook. Runnette just sounded bored most of the time.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It's already a tv show, and I have seen it. It follows the book probably 90% of the time.

Any additional comments?

I would describe this book as hipster urban fantasy. I don't know if we're supposed to take it at face value or if it's a commentary on books and tv shows like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Mostly fun, entertaining, not bad

Would you try another book from Brian McGreevy and/or Sean Runnette?

Sure. I think McGreevy's got this one laid out read for sequels. I'll probably give (at least one of) them a try, especially if the Netflix series is any good.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Even paced. Nothing glaring about it. The best performances enhance the book. This one didn't quite do that, but it didn't distract from it either. It was a pleasurable listen.

Do you think Hemlock Grove needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, probably doesn't need it. But I think it's primed for one.

Any additional comments?

Do we need another variation on the werewolf story? (As well as other plot lines the reader/listener will find familiar that I won't spoil here.) McGreevy does try to be clever by throwing in everything including the kitchen sink into this horror/gothic/occult story, and I'm not sure he completely succeeds. But it was fun and probably a good thing that it was a brief.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 05-11-15

Better than the Netflix Series

Would you consider the audio edition of Hemlock Grove to be better than the print version?

I think I found the Audio version easier to follow than the print version.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

He brought full life to all of his characters and gave both Roman and Peter their own distinctive voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The interaction between Shelly and Dr. Price.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great listen.

I especially liked the narrator and have purchased other titles he has read. The story was good and entertaining. It goes along almost verbatim with the Netflix series of the same name. This title did not disappoint.

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loved it!

I loved this story although I'm not usually a fan of werewolf stuff. at times, especially when Shelly's talking, the writing is so pretty and old fashioned. I loved that very much. I will definitely continue to book 2 when it comes out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Hillary
  • Little Rock, AR,USA
  • 09-09-13

Just not what I thought it was going to be

I got this audiobook cause I want to listen to story before I watched Hemlock Grove on Netflex. The narrator is really good but the story was so- so to me. Some parts were good and some part seem like they were going on and on to me. I didn't like how it took to get to the end. I might not watch Hemlock Grove on Netflex now. :(

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  • Maria
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • 05-11-12

What a waste of time.

What disappointed you about Hemlock Grove?

The mind-numbingly boring and predictable plot. The laughable writing that is as pretentious as it is repetitive, clunky and simply bad, very very bad.

What was most disappointing about Brian McGreevy’s story?

EVERYTHING.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Runnette?

The narrator is not the problem - not even Orson Welles or Laurence Olivier could have saved this self-conscious, artsy, hollow, BORING "piece of art". You cannot fault the narrator for trying to do a good job by taking the "material" serious... It is just that such incredibly low-quality "material" gets even worse by the noble effort to "respect" it - the serious performance makes it almost more intolerable by shining a light on its gaping holes, "stylish" repetitions and deficits.

What character would you cut from Hemlock Grove?

ALL OF THEM - no character had any truth, emotion or captivating quality at all.

Any additional comments?

I do not mind the wasted credit - but this is not worth the time. NOT WORTH ANY TIME.

4 of 16 people found this review helpful