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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (544 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian McGreevy Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rashawn Wright | 2/10/2014

    " Before picking this up I read some of the reviews here. Ostly the 3 to 4 ones because I think those folk really picked the novel apart and looked at it with a critical eye. Reading it was fun, even if some parts lagged worse than dial-up internet, and a few characters just irritated me. The prose can be purple, the teenage language a little grating (and teens that I know, do talk like that), and the metaphors may need a time out, all in all it's not an awful novel. McGreevy has been hailed as moving werewolves from Twilight territory and he has. The monsters are monsters again. I actually look forward to the supposed sequel he has cooking up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve | 1/31/2014

    " If JD Salinger, Bret Easton Ellis, Clive Barker and Matt Mignola collided in western Pennsylvania, this book could have been what was left behind. Truly a great mix of dark contemporary styles that's smart enough not to take itself too seriously. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sara | 12/28/2013

    " I couldn't finish this book- I just found it too dry for my liking. I doubt I will attempt the story again. I'm sad because it did have an interesting idea behind it and there were some creative aspects...but I just didn't care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 12/23/2013

    " one of the oddest books I have ever read - gypsies, vampires (sort of), werewolves, frankenstein (sort of), mad doctors, gothic setting...it's all there. I found the author's sentence structure to be weird at times - which added to its oddness. But overall I found the book compelling and I was very interested in how Roman and Peter's relationship would evolve. "

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About the Author
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. He is currently writing and coproducing the TV adaptation of Hemlock Grove for Netflix. He lives in Los Angeles.