Hemlock Grove: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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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Hemlock Grove: A Novel

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Overview

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.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, 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 control freak of a mother, Olivia.
 
At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, 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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In screenwriter McGreevy’s smartly constructed debut novel, a former mill town is swept with fear when the corpse of a local teen is discovered. The crime scene lacks the usual clues, though the wounds point to an unidentifiable animal. At Hemlock Grove High School, eyes immediately turn to Peter Rumancek, a new senior rumored to be a werewolf. Peter is grudgingly persuaded by Roman Godfrey—heir to an old family fortune whose assets lie in the Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies—to find the real killer. Meanwhile, Roman must deal with his bizarre family—his cousin, Letha, who insists she was impregnated by an angel; his younger sister, Shelley, whose preternatural intelligence is housed in a grotesque body; and his mother, Olivia, an icy beauty with a tendency to faint. Propelled by the clockwork appearance of bodies, Roman and Peter follow a trail of clues that lead them to dig up a victim’s grave and to a mysterious project headed by slick genius Dr. Pryce at the Godfrey Institute. Not only does their investigation reveal the killer, it also uncovers many Godfrey family secrets in the process. McGreevy cleverly contemporizes the gothic novel, underlining the isolations of modern-day technology and adolescence in this engaging, though occasionally affected, literary horror novel. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429942621
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 18,656
  • File size: 479 KB

Meet the Author

Brian McGreevy


Brian McGreevy grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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.

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Read an Excerpt

Something Happened
 
 
The lone wolf howls to rejoin the pack from which he is separated. But why does the pack howl when no wolf is lost?
Isn’t it obvious?
Because there is no other way to say it.
*   *   *
The night after the Harvest Moon, the body was discovered. It was nearing October and the sun was still hot, but the leaves were falling now with intention and every night was colder. Peter was walking home from the bus stop when he saw the flashing light of a fire truck up at Kilderry Park. He wondered if there had been an accident. Peter, who was seventeen at the time of which I’m writing, liked accidents: modern times were just so fucking structured. He saw in addition to the fire truck a few cop cars and an ambulance, but no signs of wreckage. He turned his head in passing, but there was nothing more to see beyond the norm. Two of the cops combing the area by the swings he knew; they’d hassled him a couple of times in that kind of obligatory cop way that, in Peter’s experience, every uniform was an SS uniform. Probably some junkie had OD’d or something. There was that bum who hung out around here, an old black guy with yellow and black teeth and one dead eye that looked like a dirty marble who might not have been old, really. Peter had given him a light once, but no change. Better that paid for his own drugs. His interest flagged. Old black junkie kicks it it’s no more news than chance of rain tomorrow. Then he heard it, one sentence. No sign of a weapon, Sheriff. Peter looked again but there was no more to see than a milling cluster of uniforms by the tree line and he put his hands in his pockets and went on.
He had a bad feeling.
Nicolae had always told him that he had been born with an unusually receptive Swadisthana chakra and that underneath the surfaces of things, the illusion of the illusion, there is a secret, sacred frequency of the universe and that the Swadisthana was the channel through which it would sing to you. And the Swadisthana being located of course just behind the balls, he should always always trust his balls. Peter did not know what it was, but something about the scene in Kilderry Park had his balls in a state of agitation.
When he got home he told his mother, “Something happened.”
“Hmm?” she said. She was smoking a joint and watching a quiz show. The trailer was warm and smelled sweet, pot and baked apple. “Hummingbird!” she yelled suddenly, in response to the question What is the only bird that can fly backwards.
He told her what he saw. He told her he had a bad feeling.
“Why?” she said.
“I don’t know, I just do,” he said.
She was thoughtful. “Well, there’s cobbler,” she said.
He went to the kitchen. She asked if he’d been in town.
“Yeah,” he said.
She emptied his backpack of items so small and modest it could hardly be considered stealing while Peter scraped the tar of sugar at the edge of the cobbler and tried to shake this feeling. The feeling that whatever had happened in Kilderry Park was no good. And not in some greater existential sense but no good with his number on it. There was a coffee mug on the counter with the comic strip character Cathy on it and a small chip the shape of a shark’s tooth that held loose change. He dipped his hand in the mug and went to the door and scattered a handful of coins on the stone path out front.
“Why did you do that?” said Lynda.
Peter shrugged. He had done it because he wanted to hear something dissonant and beautiful.
“You are one strange customer, you know that?” said Lynda.
“Yeah,” said Peter.

 
Copyright © 2012 by Brian McGreevy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Knowing the differnce

    To the reader who posted on March 22. I suspect the book was either written for or from the original netflix series screenplay. The series is great if the preternatural genre is of taste to you.

    Setting one's self up to compare one author to another is like comparing the flavor of strawberries and steak and expecting them to be the same. You are going to be disappionted. They are totally different.

    If that's the way you choose your reading matierial, you may be constantly in that state.

    Good luck. Oh, I would greatly suggest the series. Aside from what some of the critics may print it is phenominal.

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Great!

    Don't quite understand, why these (book and series) get such negative reviews. I enjoyed reading this, due to the fact that it was actually written with words even middle school students should know. You must have more than a "LOL, :)" vocabulary to comprehend what is written. The story line could have been less predictable, not to say there wasn't an instance or two that caught me off guard. Overall, loved the characters and plot. Hope there's more to come!

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Awesomr

    Just watched the entire series on Netflix. Wow it blew my mind away. Cant wait for season 2.... Still trying to wrap my mind on so many unanswered questions....

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    I'm not completely finished with the book and am not sure I will

    I'm not completely finished with the book and am not sure I will finish it.  The beginning seemed interesting and had a bit of a hook, but as i've continued, the characters are not well developed and at times sentences simply don't make sense.  Much of the dialogue seems stilted and awkward....plus some rather unbelievable turn of events. If you enjoy Stephen King's writing, as I do, this doesn't come close.  Sorry. 

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2013

    I chose to use the Goodread¿s book summary ¿ due to the populari

    I chose to use the Goodread’s book summary – due to the popularity of the Netflix show, I don’t want to give any other information away by mistake:“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—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, 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 control freak of a mother, Olivia. At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, 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.”****I don’t really agree with this statement.My thoughts: I am a HUGE fan of the show. I have really enjoyed seeing the creative differences McGreevy did in transition from book to screen. I do agree with many of the reviews on Goodreads, I felt the show was a lot better than the book. That aside, the preface was poorly written and McGreevy is a huge one for overwriting. My mind would get frustrated with the lack of punctuation and sentences that didn’t make sense. It seems ideas were all over the place and it was rare for a connection to be made. However, there were a few gems scattered throughout the chapters. My breath would be caught by descriptions of the moon, or of the gothic beauty of Hemlock Grove. There are many bits in the story that are full of wonder and you can’t help but be sucked into the mystery in this town. The book left me wanting more answers. It really has the potential to be a great book, but there are many bumps and sidetracks that keep the reader turning pages but we aren’t given any real answers, which is a letdown. The book is just as jumbled as the show. I highly suggest watching it because it’s just such a mess with your head – and addicting to watch! I feel that the book has the better ending, explanation wise, but it is so worth watching too. Has anyone else jumped on the bandwagon and blown through the Netflix Original Series in three days like me? What do you think about it? Would you consider/have you read the book as well? Please let me know your thoughts, I’m kind of a fangirl about the hot mess!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    So far, I am not impressed with what I have read.  The sentence

    So far, I am not impressed with what I have read.  The sentence structure is awkward and often hard to follow.  At times the word choice does not make sense.  The story does not flow well. There are places where better transition is needed .  The characters  are underdeveloped and he relies too heavily on metaphors.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    So much better than the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Gloriously wri

    So much better than the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Gloriously written with true friendship and sadness that reads like tears used as ink. Marvelous. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    I have started watching the Netflix series and that was very goo

    I have started watching the Netflix series and that was very good so far decided to purchase the ebook and see if it is up to par with the Netflix series then I will come back and rate the book too!
    hope the book will not let me down....

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Hemlock Grove

    I watched the Netflix series and decided to read the book. I was very impressed that the basic integrity of the novel was honored in the series. A very good read...good characterization, suspense and scene building. Vocabulary that had to be looked up which is always a plus for me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Excellent 

    Excellent 

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Anonymous

    Awesome!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Enjoyed

    Follows the series very closely. I enjoyed it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    For the series 5 stars

    Haven't read the book yet.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Good show

    Watching hemlock grove and it is a good show cant wait for more episodes and seasons

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    What?

    ?

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    The Netflix series is based on Brian McGreevy's book. It says s

    The Netflix series is based on Brian McGreevy's book. It says so right in the opening credits for the show. Anyway I loved this book and I hope he writes a sequel soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2014

    I luv the show;)

    Amazing read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    AWESOME read

    Worth every page

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Watched this on netflix and found that I couldn't take my eyes o

    Watched this on netflix and found that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen! It was awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Anonymous

    Was hard to follow at times. Is ok.

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