Author Brenda Novak
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
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…
What did I think?
As you probably know by now, I love my psychological thrillers and ‘Her Darkest Nightmare’ had the basis to be a fantastic book and thankfully it didn’t let me down! Firstly, it’s based around psychopaths so instantly lives up to the genre of psychological thriller!
‘Her Darkest Nightmare’ is the second book in the Hanover House/Evelyn Talbot series but that doesn’t mean you need to have read the first book to pick up the story – Novak has covered all bases and ensured that you’re not out of the loop with Evelyn’s story.
Novak has been incredibly clever in her writing, the whole time you think it’s going to be a predictable ‘whodunnit’ and if you’re anything like me, you were certain you knew who was after her from about quarter of the way through…that, refreshingly, wasn’t the case with ‘Her Darkest Nightmare’.
Evelyn Talbot has some issues of her own to deal with and if I’m honest this kind of let the book down for me, not that she had the issues to begin with because it helped create the brilliant novel but the way in which Novak wrote about them. They were very repetitive and it felt like every other page had some issue that had already been covered, it didn’t fully spoil the story for me though but it definitely left me a little deflated after I heard the same thing several times.
If I’m honest I am shocked that I haven’t read anything by Novak before! It has hints of Lisa Gardner and Tess Gerritsen – both are up there with my favourite authors so I’ll definitely be looking in to more Novak novels to see if she can land a spot as a favourite too!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
Will you be adding this to your TBR pile?