Her Darkest Nightmare, first in an electrifying new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak
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…
“Brenda Novak's seamless plotting, emotional intensity, and true-to-life characters…make her books completely satisfying.”—New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan
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I love this author and this was a new genre for her but equally written as excellent book. I recommend it highly . It keeps your interest from first chapter.
Was super excited to read. Started off good, but declined pretty quickly. Dialogue was choppy and awkward. You will get tired of Evelyn’s constant inability to move forward, constant references to Amarok’s age and “Jasper, Jasper, Jasper”. Going to get off the Series train now.
I need more. Now.
Word to the wise: Don't read two thrillers concurrently in which a teenage girl is the sole survivor of a massacre.
This was a book I won through Goodreads. (Yay!) I don't read a lot of straight up romance, but this is a romantic thriller. And though from the very beginning I was hesitant, I wound up absolutely loving this book. I need to get my hands on the prequel and the next one in the series!
Evelyn Talbot is an interesting character. Having survived being tortured and left for dead by her psychotic high school boyfriend—after he killed all her best friends—she's spent her life dedicated to unraveling the minds of psychopaths as a psychiatrist. Now running Hanover House, a prison in the wilderness of Alaska meant to house the most dangerous psychopaths in America, Evelyn must face her past.
In this book, one of Evelyn's dearest friends at Hanover House is murdered, her dismembered head the only thing found. Evelyn is sure it's Jasper, her psychotic ex-boyfriend, toying with her before finishing what he failed to do when she was sixteen. From there, the clues keep piling up.
This was a very fun, dark, and twisty ride. There were so many red herrings it was hard to know who the killer really was. And just when you think it's going to end — BAM!! Another twist!!
The romance was really good too. Evelyn is emotionally scarred because of Jasper and has never been with a man since. The sexy and fierce state trooper, Amarok (a nickname, which means wolf), is determined to break through her shields though. She doesn't think she's worth the hassle, but he begs to differ. The chemistry between them is awesome. I can't wait to see what happens next for them.
I also really loved all the quotes from real psychopaths which preceded each chapter. Those plus the story itself had me looking at every person I know with a "could they be a psychopath?" filter on.
I absolutely recommend this to readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. This was a real treat and won't be my last Brenda Novak novel.