By Kathleen Peacock
Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.
The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.
Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.
After reading Hemlock, I was pretty excited to read this book as well. Overall, my main complaint with this book was that I feel like so many things were skimmed over.
In Hemlock, the entire story is set in the town of Hemlock, so it makes it easy to contain the story in the setting. In Thornhill, Jason and Mac go to Denver looking for Kyle, before Mac, Kyle, and Serena end up inside the Thornhill werewolf camp.
First, being from Denver, I’d like to see more of how the world has changed following the werewolf outbreak. Second, Thornhill has so much awesome potential. It’s kind of awful, but it could have been so much more. Since the obviously allusion is to some sort of concentration camp scenario, I would have liked to have seen the story dig deep a little more.
They live in dorms, go to rehabilitation classes, and are never allowed to leave the camp, yet it feels like the time they spent in the camp only scratched the surface.
I am also kinda confused why Amy’s ghost is still hanging around. I thought that she was only there because of all the guilt Mac felt about her death and now that her murder was solved and her murdered brought to justice, I thought we wouldn’t see Amy anymore.
Still, another interesting entry in this series, with some new complications emerging at the end of the book which will have quite the ramifications.
I feel like this series is supposed to be a trilogy, but I can’t imagine it being wrapped up in only one more book. Might be another case of it originally being intended as a trilogy and then the story taking on a life of its own.