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Her Darkest Nightmare (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2016
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About the Author
BRENDA NOVAK and her husband live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children-three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research. Brenda's novels have made The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.
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What is it about some people that causes us to stand and face our fears, instead of running as far and qs fast as we can? That's what most normal people would do. Evelyn Talbot was brutally raped, beaten and left for dead by her high school sweetheart--the same young man who had brutalized and killed her best friends. Her attacker was a favored son of an affluent and respected family, and his parents were probably the reason he wasn't caught and brought to justice for his crimes. Eve didn't run. She dedicated her life to the study of truly psychopathic criminals--those without conscience or compassion--in a quest to discover what actually made them tick. Decades after her attack, her attacker is still free, and Evelyn spearheads the establishment of a remote facility in Alaska, housing the worst, most vile serial killers.
Hanover House is considered a blight to Hilltop, Alaska, especially to a state trooper who goes by the name Amorak. He cannot forget how close he and Dr. Talbot became, only to have her slam on the brakes before the relationship went anywhere. Amorak cannot understand why he wants the one woman he can't have. He only knows the little about her history that has been made available to the public, but apparently, no one knows all of the details. Except Evelyn. And she's not telling. There is a killer on the loose in Hilltop, but it's not who she thinks.
Two things about Her Darkest Nightmare stand out for me. The killer that Evelyn and the police are looking for is closer than she thinks. Every time I thought I had it figured out, along came another plot twist to send me reeling. We used to have a saying when I was growing up in the Midwest, "Cornstarch...the plot thickens." In true Hitchcockian fashion, the author kept me guessing till the very end.
The second issue hit me on a personal level--the good doctor's premise that the age difference between Amorak and her, his 29 years to her 36 years, was a major stumbling block. Seven years is not a generation gap. 16 1/2 years? Now that's an age difference I can get behind. My husband and I have been together nearly 20 years--married for nearly 18 years. People might say that a relationship with such a large difference in our ages won't last. I say that most people are wrong. Let's just hope our heroine will give her man the chance to prove people's perception fallible.
A very terrifying and satisfying read. Highly recommended.
True second book in the Hanover House/Evelyn Talbott series is a great read. It was interesting and full of twists and turns.
Unlike Hanover House (the first book and introduction to Evelyn Talbot), "Her Darkest Nightmare," was truly enthralling.
The author joins several different storylines and treats them as main storylines as vs bringing in minor ones.
There is such strength in many of the characters, weakness in others, and flaws abound. This only makes them more relatable and understandable.
I don't want to write much about the plot other than to say it a psychological thriller; one any reader male or female would enjoy; and one of the top books of Brenda Novak's I have read.
I highly recommend this novel. (While you can read Hanover House first, I read this novel first and went back to read Hanover House. I learned a little more background, but it wasn't necessary. This book is a great standalone.
Sergeant Amarok and Evelyn have to find the serial that is hunting in their town. Evelyn thinks it is Jasper and that he is tormenting her. Amarok is not so sure he just know that Hanover House brought this to his town. Things are not always what they seem in this story and not all the killers are locked up or who you think they are. Evelyn has to learn this lesson the hard way. But this book does have not so much a HEA but a hopeful for now.
I give this book 4 stars and I bought it with my own hard earned money.
? This is a dark and suspenseful story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Evelyn is a woman on a mission. She's a fierce fighter. I admired her. When evil comes to the remote Alaska town where Hanover House is located, she fears that Jasper has come back to finally kill her. Sergeant Amarok is an Alaska State Trooper. He is the only law enforcement in town. He's attracted to Evelyn even though he fought to keep Hanover House from being built. He wants this woman in his life to love and protect. These two have a special bond. I kept wanting more. The story is so dark and suspenseful. The quotes from actual serial killers at the beginning of each chapter gave me the chills. This book isn't for the faint of heart. It's a brutal story of ultimate evil. The ending left me completely drained. Brenda Novak is a masterful story teller. I keep looking over my shoulder because Her Darkest Nightmare seemed so real.
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Evelyn picks herself up after her attack by throwing herself into her work at Hanover House.Read more