Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy audiobook

Hemlock Grove: or, The Wise Wolf

By Brian McGreevy
Read by Sean Runnette

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780374532918
10.77 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It takes a rare stroke of genius to reconfigure the gothic novel within the postindustrial barrens of steel country and another entirely to upstage this conceit with a mythic and ambitious story of adolescence and alienation. Like a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and J. D. Salinger, this is a real emerging talent.” Philipp Meyer, author of the multiaward winner American Rust
“A wonderfully creative and twisted reinvention of classic monster archetypes, wrapped up in a mysterious thriller. I loved it. Brian McGreevy is a welcome new voice in horror literature, but be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart, or stomach.” Eli Roth, director of Hostel
“Hemlock Grove is a sly blend of J. D. Salinger and Mary Shelley and will appeal to a broad base of fans captivated by these rich characters and stunning visuals.” Ted Sarandos, Netlfix chief content officer
“McGreevy cleverly contemporizes the gothic novel, underlining the isolations of modern-day technology and adolescence.” Publishers Weekly
“[An] unexpected, gothic monster mash of a debut…McGreevy writes with a facility that recalls the Jonathans Lethem and Franzen, and his short, quixotic chapters are masterworks of holding the unspeakable just far enough offstage to make it genuinely unnerving. At its core, the novel is a juicy soap opera, complete with love affairs, unwanted pregnancies, class warfare, and the occasional grave-robbing or entrail-eating—which helps otherwise align a challenging read on an irresistible Peyton Place trajectory. There hasn’t been a town as rotten as Hemlock Grove in a while. Somebody turn this into a TV series, already.” Booklist (starred review)
“Screenwriter McGreevy makes a stunning literary debut with this gothic, paranormal thriller. He plays on gothic themes with misfits and mobsters inhabiting his story, but he grounds his plot with plenty of authentic angst-ridden teenage turmoil…Keeps you guessing until the very end.” Library Journal

Reviews

Reviews

by Paul (AudiobookReviewer) 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

People say that the killer is a monster.

Warning: this novel is considered to be Horror –Thriller, and isn’t suitable for those with faint hearts.

This novel talks about crimes happening in Hemlock Grove. People say that the killer is a monster. The main suspect looks to be “rumored werewolf” Peter (who really is a werewolf) as the killer. Peter with the help of his Upir friend, Roman, will work to solve the case. During their sleuthing, we see the secrets unfold in their lives and the lives of the people around them.

This by no means is a simple crime story. One can feel the originality in the style in almost every aspect of the novel which will be described by the most as strange; the suspense will knock you off your feet from the first chapter.

The settings border between reality and paranormal, we see normal people going on with their normal lives, but the main focus here is on the lives of the paranormal creatures. The characters are very well developed leaving the reader invested in them. It is clear the characters are dynamic (even though there were some out of character behaviors) and logical while also being appealing and frightening at the same time.

The events are told through several characters perspectives. Switches in the point of view was done swiftly but were sometimes sudden and strange. The events were never predictable (which is a great aspect in any crime novel) and with just the suitable climactic ending. The plot was fast going, full of twists and turns at every corner, with threads adding up to the basic plot until you feel that the crime is the minor plot of another turn of events.

Sean Runnette did a good job with this one, his voice carried the events in a composed calm manner, you could distinguish most of the characters by voice only, since he gave each of them special volume, and accent suitable for the character.

Production was well done and clear. No issues.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 10.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English