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Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

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Her Darkest Nightmare (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #1)Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

my thoughts

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen when her own boyfriend Jasper imprisoned and tortured her—and left her for dead. Now an eminent psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind, Evelyn is the force behind Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town. Her job puts her at odds with Sergeant Amarok, who is convinced that Hanover is a threat to his community…even as his attraction to beautiful Evelyn threatens to tear his world apart.
BEGINS WITH AN ESCAPE FROM HER PAST
Then, just as the bitter Alaskan winter cuts both town and prison off from the outside world, the mutilated body of a local woman turns up. For Amarok, this is the final proof he needs: Hanover has to go. Evelyn, though, has reason to fear that the crime is a personal message to her—the first sign that the killer who haunts her dreams has found her again. . .and that the life she has so carefully rebuilt will never be the same…

my thoughts

I fell in love with Brenda Novak’s writing the first time I read a book of her which was The Hanover House. I don’t think I ever enjoyed reading a psychological thriller as much as I enjoyed this one. Brenda Novak definitely knew what she was doing when she wrote this. I was almost at the edge of my bed gripping at the pages (figuratively since I read an ebook copy) and was both nervous and anticipating as I delve into it. It was an intense read. There were moments that I need to take a pause because I was not really sure I’m ready to face what will happen next.

At the end of the book, I was even torn. I felt like something was wrong with me because I hoped there was something more about Hugo. I could even see where Evelyn’s fascination in all these was coming from.

Of course, the romance aspect of the story was like just an icing on top. I would have enjoyed reading it even without it but I must admit it made everything better.

After reading this one, I’m sure now a fan of this author’s work.

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Hanover House by Brenda Novak Reviewed

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Title: Hanover House (Hanover House Chronicles 0.5)
Author: Brenda Novak
Publication Date: Sep. 1, 2015

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Prequel novella to my new Hanover House Chronicles.

Welcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?

After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.

But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.

He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong…

 

my thoughts

I’ve been wanting to try one of Brenda Novak’s works for a while now and thanks to Netgalley, I was finally able to.

That said, this is obviously my first Brenda Novak novel. At fist I thought it’s some sort of a horror/paranormal spiel because the cover give off that spooky feel. But once I started reading and had an idea of what it was about, I’d say the cover made an absolute sense and portrayed the story really well.. It doesn’t always happen, so kudos to whoever made the cover.

The story was fascinating enough that I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. The characters feel so real and though their experiences were totally different from I am, you could feel their fears, frustrations and hard work as though they are some person you know personally.

I’m really curious as to how everything will work for Evelyn. Will she and Amarok make it? Will the conflict will ever be resolved? How so? And the bonus chapter even had me more curious. I want to know now how Hugo will play in all of this.

Hanover House is one interesting and unique story I wish I could read the next one right now. Brenda Novak did a great job on this one.

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