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"...Written with the finesse and grace of a master...a powerful new voice in the world of suspense and mystery." -- Cindy Penn-Wordweaving.com

"...brilliant...a spine tingler of the first order..." -- Ariana Overton, author of Tapestry

"When you read this one, make sure your doors are locked and all the lights are on!" -- Myshelf.com Reviews-Pam Stone

About the Author

As well as penning suspense novels, Joan Hall Hovey's work has appeared in numerous publications. Her short story, Dark Reunion, was anthologized in Investigating Women. Joan Hall Hovey lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with her husband and is currently working on a new suspense novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595094368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595094363
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,979,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always been drawn to the dark side of the human psyche, and devoured everything from Edgar Allan Poe to Shirley Jackson growing up. It is no surprise to me I turned out to be a writer of psychological suspense, often with threads of paranormal, mystery and romance.

I like to write about ordinary women who are at a difficult time in their lives, and are suddenly faced with an external evil force. Women who are stronger than they think they are. I didn't think a whole lot about theme until I had written a couple of books, but I realized with the writing of my third novel 'Chill Waters' that my books generally have to do with betrayal and abandonment in some form, and learning to trust again. And more important, learning to trust oneself. Almost any good book will tell you something about the author herself. (Or himself.) You can't avoid it. But first and foremost I want to give readers a roller-coaster ride, one that keeps them on the edge of that proverbial seats and resonates in the imagination long after the last page is read.


In addition to my critically aclaimed and award-winning novels, my articles and short stories have appeared in any many publications including The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene. My short story Dark Reunion was anthologized in investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

I've held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries, including New Brunswick Community College, and the University of New Brunswick. I am also a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

I'm a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

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The gazebo my husband built for me is where I like to go to write in nice weather.
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The photo of myself with Stephen King was taken in London, England at a writer's workshop, in 1984. Mr. King is as wonderful a speaker (well, almost) as he is a writer.
That cute little guy holding the sign is my grandson, Liam.
The little girl is me at 9.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Stone on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Listen to the Shadows Joan Hall Hovey Zebra Books 1991 ISBn 08173606X P.B. Mystery/Thriller
Katie Summers jumps into her car to go home after waiting several hours for her date that never shows up. Katie's eyes are drawn to her rearview mirror, her eyes are stuck there as she looks at a sightless glaring set of eyes looking at her, a scream bubbles up in her throat, she loses control of her car and hits a wall,everything goes black. This is just the beginning of a mystery that will leave you breathless. Katie is being stalked and she has no idea who it might be or who would want to hurt her. >From the moment that I started reading this book I was hooked. The author has a way of pulling you into this thriller very early on and keeping you there until the very end of the book. Along with an excellent mystery you get a very tender love story between Katie and Dr. Jonathan Shea. Ms. Hovey keeps you wondering just who the stalker is up until the very end. This is a book that will stick with me for a long while, as I was reading it my heart would beat fast and the hair on the back of my neck stood straight, and to me that is the true sign of a good thriller. When you read this one make sure that the lights are on and that all your doors are locked.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brad and Beatrice Schreiber on February 18, 2002
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I love suspenseful novels that keep you guessing, and this is one! I'm usually very good about picking the killer but EVERYBODY was suspect to me in this book. When an author can hide the killer the entire time, it's a real treat. I wasn't surprised at who it turned out to be because I knew it had to be one of the several people I suspected.
In addition to the suspence, this novel has a thread of romance. You easily fall in love with the characters and invest in their relationship. I cared what happened to these characters and cared about the survival of their relationship.
If I had to complain, I would say that I wished it was even more scary. I was expecting to be scared out of my wits but it was hard to relate to a woman who lived in the middle of nowhere with no electricity in the 90s. I think if the setting had been an apartment in the city, I would have been more likely to feel frightened because I would be thinking this could happen to me. Instead, I was distanced from the situation because I could not relate to the setting.
However, I think this is a wonderful novel and worth the read. I highly recommend!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Duckworthy on January 3, 2012
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As my title says, I found "Listen to the Shadows" to be a good read for the most part. In fact, I flew through it in 2 days--incredible by my standards! And although I "figured things out" (in quotes to avoid creating a spoiler) early on, this didn't at all lessen my overall captivation with the story-for me, finding out the motive was essential. However, the reason I added "For the Most (90%+) Part" is due to the story's climax, which seemed to be very abrubt--almost as if the author suddenly remembered an imminent deadline was rapidly approaching. While this created an element of disappointment, it was not nearly as disappointing as the final resolution and closure to the story, the latter (closure) of which, unfortunately, teetered on the edge of the ridiculous. Rather disappointing, given that the bulk of the story (literally 90+%) was very well done. And I want to conclude by emphasizing that percentage. It was a good, suspenseful story overall, and worthwhile to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Stone on June 19, 2000
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Katie Summers jumps into her car to go home after waiting several hours for her date that never shows up. Katie's eyes are drawn to her rear view mirror. Her eyes are stuck there as she looks at a sightless glaring set of eyes looking at her. A scream bubbles up in her throat. She loses control of her car and hits a wall. Everything goes black. This is just the beginning of a mystery that will leave you breathless. Katie is being stalked, and she has no idea who it might be or who would want to hurt her.
From the moment that I started reading this book I was hooked. The author has a way of pulling you into this thriller very early on and keeping you there wondering just who the stalker is until the very end of the book. Along with an excellent mystery you get a very tender love story between Katie and Dr. Jonathan Shea.
This is a book that will stick with me for a long while. As I was reading, my heart would beat fast and the hair on the back of my neck stood straight, and to me that is the true sign of a good thriller. When you read this one make sure that the lights are on and that all your doors are locked.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lois on December 26, 2011
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I can tell whether I'll like a book, be bored with a book, or absolutely hate it two chapters into any given one. This one had me from the beginning. Hovey is an excellent author. One thing that is exceptional in her writing style is her detailed writing. It's like you are in the book. It was great. And by the end of this book I am not ashamed to admit I was a little scared to turn my lights off. That's how well she had me believing there was a psychopath killer in the room with me. It was very suspenceful but had the right amount of romance in it. Jonathon and Katie was a believable couple in the sense that I believed that their relationship was real and that they truly loved each other by the end of the story. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
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