Author: Brenda Novak

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Posted September 26, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda NovakHer Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak
Series: Evelyn Talbot Chronicles
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 30, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars
three-half-flames

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…

 

Icon MURDER MYSTERYIcon SUSPENSEicon ROMANCEicon twisted

 
The story resumes about six months after the prequel with Hanover House up and running. Dr. Evelyn Talbot has a team of psychiatrists in place who are analyzing some of the most twisted minds in the country, all serial killers. When a woman’s mutilated body is found in the middle of a developing snowstorm, Evelyn finds herself embroiled in the case and questions whether Jasper Murphy has found her in this Alaskan frontier.

 
What I liked about the story was the underlying suspense of whether Jasper was behind the murder. Drawing Evelyn’s past history into the forefront provided a good level of tension. I also liked Amorak’s role in the story, as well as his developing relationship with Evelyn.

 
Where things bogged down for me was with Evelyn’s constant ruminations about her past and reasoning for this specialized prison. It just became tedious and slowed the pace. There were some moments, too, where I had to do some serious belief suspensions regarding Evelyn’s behavior.

 
This is a unique series that continues to intrigue me, even though the full immersion into these sick minds got to be a bit much at times and I guessed the villain early on. Be sure to have a palate cleansing book waiting for you after you read this one!

About Brenda Novak

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of fifty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious Rita Award three times and won The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookbuyer’s Best, the Bookseller’s Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, 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—an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. To date, she has raised over $2 million for this cause.


Mommie Dearest! The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Mommie Dearest! The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

Posted August 16, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    It’s been five years since the last story and Keith Lazarow has accomplished the seemingly impossible. He’s been drug free and has become extremely successful as a commercial real estate investor in California. Leaving Fairham Island and his controlling, cruel mother has everything to do with him staying clean. However, when Keith’s informed of her death, ruled a suicide, he has to go back to the place that represents lots of personal pain and failure. And, he doesn’t buy Josephine killed herself. He’s also looking forward to reconnecting with the woman who was his lifeline in those very dark days, Nancy Dellinger.   I thought Josephine’s “redemption” at the end of the last book was questionable and a lot is discovered here that […]


Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Dual Audio Review: Discovering You by Brenda Novak

Posted July 25, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

     Anne’s Review I have been reading the Whiskey Creek series all along and I love it. It started with a tight-knit group of friends from the small town in California. Each book is a contemporary romance with one of the friends. I really like these people. The friends have mostly settled and now the brothers of the first couple are falling in love. Rod Amos is quite a guy considering his rough and tough upbringing. Discovering You seems more like romantic suspense than contemporary romance. Rod’s new neighbor is in trouble and he wants to help her. I love how he takes care of people, like India and Van, when he had no parents to care for him, just his brother, Dylan. It […]


Audio Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

Posted November 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 11 Comments

    Novak achieved what I felt was the impossible…made me like and root for Kyle Houseman. This is the man that slept with his girlfriend Olivia’s sister, got her pregnant and then married the sister. To ice this awful cake, Olivia’s family made her do the wedding planning. Yes, it’s what she does but really???   I’ve disliked this man from the first book and even though Noelle turned out to be the wife from hell and they soon divorced, I still held a grudge.   My thaw started with the last book after Kyle stepped up and was a friend to Phoenix Fuller when no one else would give her the time of day. In this story, renowned country music singer Lourdes Bennett […]


Creepy! Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Creepy! Hanover House by Brenda Novak

Posted November 5, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

  Evelyn Talbot is a psychiatrist who is building a research facility in Alaska where she will house and study some of the most dangerous serial killers in the country. She’s personally motivated by events from her past that suddenly resurface in her present. Fortunately, Alaska State Trooper Ben “Amarok” Murphy has her back. This is one strange and exciting prequel. If the purpose was to get me enthused for the series it delivered that and more. I’m left with a sense of foreboding about what comes next. Having the point of view of one of the “mean and nastys” just made it more creepy. And, nestled in the midst of all this is a sweet little romance. This promises to be an interesting series.


Audio Review: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak

Posted September 18, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

     Quick summary Maisey Lazarow returns home to Fairham Island following her failed marriage, writer’s block and need to reconnect with her troubled brother, Keith. She wasn’t prepared to be reunited with her high school fling, Rafe Romero who’s a very different man from his teenage persona.   What worked The story was interesting as Maisey’s story unfolded slowly, filling in the blanks as she first seemed elusive. She was frustrating at times as she appeared to lack conviction, especially when confronting her cold, controlling mother and her screwed up brother. Maisey’s developing romance with Rafe was also confusing as she often ran hot and cold without warning. I really liked him as he was honest and the most transformed from being a difficult […]


Our Dual Review! This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

Our Dual Review! This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

Posted March 31, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

Quick summary It’s been 17 years and Phoenix Fuller is now released from prison after serving time for vehicular manslaughter. She was 16, pregnant and alone at the time so Riley Stinson, the baby’s father, raised their son with his parents’ assistance. Phoenix wants a chance to have a relationship with Jacob now that she’s free.   About Phoenix Jonetta: She’s nothing like the impression I formed from the books leading up to this one. It never occurred to me that she might be innocent and I thought she was going to give Riley a hard time about their son once released. I ended up having the utmost admiration for her. Anne: I really liked her and you’re right, she’s nothing like I expected from […]


Seriously Scary Bad Guy! In Seconds by Brenda Novak

Seriously Scary Bad Guy! In Seconds by Brenda Novak

Posted January 19, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Best read after reading Inside (Book #1 in the series)   A bit of background The story resumes four years after the attack on Laurel and her children. She’s left the witness protection program, changed her name to Vivian Stewart and is now living alone with her children in Pineview, Montana, still hiding from The Crew. She’s fallen in love with the community though still keeping most people at arms length, even her next door neighbor, Myles King, the county sheriff. But when someone from the town is brutally murdered, Laurel/Vivian’s instincts tell her she should be worried.   What works The action is fairly subtle in the beginning as Myles and his team start to methodically work the case. But always in the background […]