Hemlock, a review by Kristin

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By: Kiersten Modglin

Publication Date: August 21, 2023
Published By: Kiersten Modglin
414 Pages

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Thirteen years ago, Maggie Ellis left her small town and vowed to never return. In her rearview mirror were two men she loved and an ominous secret that would forever haunt her.

Now, tragedy has brought her back, and she’s determined to forget that fateful night. But in a town like Myers, with familiar faces and chilling memories lurking around every corner, moving on is easier said than done.

Before the ink can dry on the closing documents for her new residence, Maggie begins to feel unsettled. In every room, there’s the unmistakable sensation she’s being watched. The strange sounds, odd smells, and bizarre occurrences only add to her paranoia.

There’s something sinister about her new home…

When she discovers the devastating truth about the house and its grim history, Maggie’s worst fears are realized. In order to survive, she must unearth the secrets she’d always planned to keep buried.

After all, they say that home is where the heart is, but as Maggie knows, home is also where the skeletons lie.

Hemlock is the book from KMOD that I never knew that I needed. Usually, she writes straight psychological thrillers but this one is more of a romantic suspense/romantic thriller and man does it hit every single note.

KMOD takes the fake dating trope to a new height in this book. Even as strangers first meeting, Maggie and Tucker have automatic chemistry. Chemistry that makes your heart flutter. My heart certainly soared with Maggie and Tuck’s second encounter. In true KMOD fashion, there are some twists and turns that occur in which I never saw coming. I didn’t even focus on trying to figure out any twists because I was just loving reading about the various romances or could be romances.

This book had me smiling from ear to ear most of the time (you know, when there wasn’t something creepy going on!). I read this in less than 24 hours and now I want MORE!!!

Speaking of creepy. KMOD certainly makes the house extremely creepy. I don’t know that I would have stayed in it the was that Maggie was determined to! I kept going “what is wrong with the house?” There is also another mystery within this book, but I don’t want to go too much into that because I don’t want there to be any spoilers in my review.

So I’m going to end my review with this plea – KMOD, please, please, please write more of these romantic suspense/romantic thriller books. I’m also going to plea for a straight romance book… If it’s anything like this one (or The Cleaner), I would drop everything to read it!


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