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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

To Buy or Not to Buy - Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

It's time again for To Buy or Not to Buy.  Now, I know a lot of you really loved Hemlock, so don't hate me.. Please?

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and the hit television show True Blood will flock to this first book in the supernatural mystery series set in a town where werewolves live in plain sight.

Mackenzie Dobson's life has been turned upside down since she vowed to hunt her best friend Amy's killer: a white werewolf. Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country, and bloodlust is not easy to control. But it soon becomes clear that dangerous secrets are lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, Mac's hometown—and she is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her in grave danger.

My First Impression:
I realize that in downloading and reading an eBook sample that there are not usually many pages to make a good first impression. For Hemlock, it took four pages into chapter 1 to make a determination.

Werewolves. Good. Murder and Mystery. Chilling. For fans of Maggie Steifvater. Definite potential.

Here’s the problem.

Page 4, 2nd paragraph down, I find the following:
Oblivious, Tess slid out of the booth and dropped a couple of bills on the table, even though she’d barely touched her food.

Three paragraphs later, I find the following:
I glanced down at the empty salad bowl and scooped up the crumbled bills.

Well, which is it? Did she barely eat it or eat it all? It’s like watching a movie and the hair on the actress keeps changing position and style. It’s a book blooper. Apologies to anyone who read and enjoyed the book. This inconsistency stuck in my craw and I couldn't read any further.

Isn't it obvious? Not to buy.

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