Mackenzie’s new love, Kyle, plans to turn himself in to the Lupine Syndrome Registration Bureau and enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. But Mac refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be torturous. When she follows him there, she uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—a prison for the young and infected—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.
Thornhill starts with Mac and Jason in search for Kyle at Denver, which is rumored to have large werewolf packs. When they finally meet him, they unfortunately become victims of a raid and are shipped off to Thornhill. Mac manages to fool the administration into believing she is a werewolf, so that she can spy from the inside. However, when Serena disappears suddenly, she has all the more motivation to uncover the secrets of Thornhill.
From the start, the plot is engaging and I was so invested in the characters’ life, I was compelled to finish this in one go. Thankfully, this one did not end on a cliffhanger and I am so grateful for that. Story-wise, I loved the setting the Thornhill, since we hear in Hemlock how brutal the camps are; Thornhill just has a different kind of brutality. The sanatorium wasn’t exactly a surprise but the how of it was. I was cheering for Mac as she smartly devises plans and was thankful that Thornhill wasn’t more prison-like or else her cover would have been blown long ago. Even when she gets out, she manages to storm the castle, literally, to rescue her friends. Amy was always present as a representation of her subconscious and you see how her character suffers from doubts and worry. Eve is a nice addition to the story, and is kind of like a psuedo-sister to Mac, making her evaluate her relationship with her father. The love triangle wasn’t resolved but then again, it wasn’t complicated further – much. Kyle is such an understanding guy, but I wish he wasn’t stuck in the i-am-monster-so-not-worthy mode – it’s getting really frustrating. And the bomb he dropped towards the end – well, there are ways to get around that.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and am supercharged to read Willowgrove. This has been such a good werewolf series, and that is considering I rarely read werewolf theme books.