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"...Joan Hall Hovey has written yet another winner. I highly recommend it to any lover of suspense, mystery or thriller. You'll not only race through this book, but clamor for more works by this talented and polished author..."   Midwest Books Reviews

About the Author

As well as penning Award-winning suspense novels including Chill Waters, Nowhere To Hide and Listen to the Shadows, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Reader, Atlantic Advocate, The Toronto Star, Mystery Scene, True Confessions, Home Life magazine, Seek and various other magazines and newspapers. Her short story, “Dark Reunion” was selected for the Anthology, Investigating Women, published by Simon & Pierre. Joan also tutors with Winghill Writing School and is a Voice Over pro, narrating books and scripts. She lives in New Brunswick, Canada with her husband Mel and dog, Scamp.

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  • File Size: 1746 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love (February 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSV6TY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Audio - Hear an excerpt of Chill Waters which I narrated, complete with music and sound effects.


The gazebo my husband built for me is where I like to go to write in nice weather.

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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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Beth Anderson aka Hotclue on April 20, 2011
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Caroline Hill has all the bad luck any suspense heroine could possibly have and then some. Recovering from a complete nervous breakdown nine years ago, she is finally well enough to be leaving the hospital and begin a new life very close to the one she had. Her parents, objecting to her planned marriage to the boy she loved, had taken her newborn baby girl away from her and given it up for adoption. Now her parents are dead, her lover is gone, her daughter is gone, and she's on her own in a world for which she's not at all prepared.

Caroline is sent straight from the hospital to the town where she used to live. On her first day back, before she reports to her first-ever job as dishwasher in a small restaurant, and before she even sees her lonely room in a boarding house, she finds out there is a killer somewhere in town, murdering young women who look like her.

It's hard to put a label on exactly what Hovey does with her stories that grab you on page one and do not let go until the last page. Hovey seems to be part Mary Stewart, part Mary Higgins Clark and in no small part, Stephen King. Her unique brand of storytelling is powerful because she tells a story that takes you deep into the psyches of almost all of her characters. She writes in third person omniscient point of view, so you get to know everyone in the story--and wind up afraid of most of them because they almost all seem to be touched with evil in some way. Even Caroline battles her own demons--her fragility and inexperience because of the long recovery from her breakdown.

You walk down the darkened streets with Caroline, afraid for her. You wake up in the middle of the night when she does, hearing the same faint noises she hears, afraid for her.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Biker Babs on March 31, 2011
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Night Corridor was a slow-building suspense story that reminded me of an Alfred Hitchcock tale. Ms. Hovey reveals her characters a bit at a time, showing their strengths and weaknesses and what makes them tick. She does a good job with pace and putting suspicion on multiple players and did a wonderful job describing the mental hospital at the beginning and the main character's mixed feelings of excitement and dread at leaving it. I enjoyed Night Corridor very much and would recommend it to lovers of mystery/suspense.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AST on May 7, 2012
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As a story, this was actually quite enjoyable. Suspenseful yet nothing too deep - a good quick, easy read that will keep you flipping the pages. However, I could not believe how many very simple and obvious mistakes were in this book: grammar, spelling, punctuation marks, etc. Things that a middle school student would be held accountable for. This was really disappointing to me, especially because the storyline really was good. Someone did a very hasty job editing, and if it weren't for all those errors I'd have given it 5 stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2011
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I'll skip a synopsis, as the other reviews cover it very well. What I liked about this story is that Caroline is an unlikely heroine. She's not strong and independent. She doesn't have a successful career and unlimited financial resources. She is, in some ways, more easy to relate to than the typical suspense heroine.

The characters are interesting and the story is excellent. I was intrigued the whole way through and was surprised by the ending. Great book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mila Komarnisky on July 28, 2011
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I read the novel "Night Corridor" by Joan Hall Hovey with a great satisfaction. As her previous award winning novels, "Night Corridor" is a psychological mystery with skillfully developed major and minor characters. From the sinister beginning to the heated climax, the novel engages the reader's mind into an adventurous journey from the first pages to the very end.

Caroline, the main character who was released from the mental hospital, adjusts her life to a new environment. Intertwined with her new beginning is a serial killer on the loose in the town. As the plot unravels, Joan introduces us into the past life of Caroline and the mysterious serial killer. They have some common problems; however, their lives took different directions. With her enhanced emotions of fear, Caroline senses a danger. Looking for a perfect female match and cannot find her, the killer in rage and goes on a killing rampage. Finally, he found Caroline. Night corridor is an exit from the darkness to the light and revelation for both Caroline and her dangerous stalker.

I could not put the novel down. I wanted to know who this serial killer was.

The novel is elegantly written and reads with ease. Exquisite descriptions bring images to life.

I highly recommend "Night Corridor" not only for those who likes gripping mystery, but also for those who enjoys excellent writing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cre8tiveone on March 15, 2012
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I'm a HUGE fan of Stephen King & now Joan Hall Hovey too!! Intense is what I read. I honestly NEVER wanted to wander from this awesome, evil tale of beast after beauty ~ AwEsOmE! It's kinda like you're in a Insane Asylum & you can't leave it until the very end. Caution: Have the doors locked, someone in the house w/you ~ FrEaKy doesn't begin to tell you of the adventure you're getting ready to read! I highly recommend this book :) I also went to Joan's Amazon page and she has a pic of her & Stephen King sitting with each other ~ YaY! I wrote to King long ago about a dream I had with him & myself in it ~ he wrote back!! I flipped out & still have the signed postcard from him. Now I need one from Hovey :P
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