Author: Brenda Novak

Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Posted October 16, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 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.

Hello Again by Brenda NovakHello Again by Brenda Novak
Series: Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on October 3, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 549
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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SHE CAN MAKE SENSE OF A COMPLEX CRIMINAL MIND.

Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered―or he is wrongly convicted.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CRIMINAL CAN SEE INTO HER OWN?

When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her friends―and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . . .

 

 
Psychologist Evelyn Talbot continues her study of some of the most dangerous serial killers in the country at her special facility located near Anchorage, Alaska. Her newest inmate is Lyman Bishop, aka the Zombie Maker, whose weapon of choice is an ice pick, which he uses to crudely perform lobotomies on his female victims. Meanwhile, Jasper Moore, the man who brutally attacked Evelyn as a teen, is plotting his next move that will bring him closer to her.

 
Admittedly, this is a creepy series given what Evelyn does but this story really disturbed me, so much so it took me longer to finish because I was terrified as to what I’d find next when I turned the page. Getting Jasper’s point of view iced the cake as this guy is charming and clever (think Ted Bundy). Lyman was also one sick fellow, masterful in controlling his emotions so he appeared harmless. What made this so terrifying is we know what’s coming unbeknownst to Evelyn. Despite my trepidation, this was just the kind of brew I like in my thrillers. Thank goodness there’s a little bit of romance to provide some respite between the suspense.

 
I very much enjoyed this one, even if it scared me silly. I could hardly make it through to the breathtaking climax and I even did something I never do…peeked a little at the epilogue. I know, I know…shame on me but I couldn’t stand it any longer. Fair warning, there’s a bit of a cliff hanger of sorts, only to set up what the next book will portend. I can hardly wait. Well done, Ms. Novak.

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.


No One But You by Brenda Novak

No One But You by Brenda Novak

Posted July 29, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

    Dawson Reed was accused of murdering his parents and after a year of imprisonment, was acquitted and released. His mentally handicapped adult sister was cared for during that time by a state institute and he wants to bring her home. Sadie Harris answers his ad to be a caregiver and housekeeper, even though she’s fearful of him as the whole town believes he’s guilty of the murders. But Sadie’s desperate as she needs the extra money to finalize her divorce from her abusive husband who happens to be a Silver Springs police officer.   This was a chilling story with some very strong themes. Dawson and Sadie are both tragic, he because he’s not been able to mourn his brutally murdered parents who […]


Audio Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Audio Review: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

Posted May 3, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Art teacher Cora Kelly accepts a position at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for the sole purpose of getting to know the director, Aiyana Turner, who happens to be her biological mother. Cora hasn’t told her adopted family nor Aiyana of her discovery. She has her reasons but things start to get complicated when she and Elijah Turner, Aiyana’s adopted grown son, become “involved.”   It’s an interesting story as Cora tries to figure out who Aiyana is and why she gave her up when she later adopted so many others. Cora’s relationship with Elijah develops pretty naturally even though it creates some serious ethical issues for her. It was easy to judge her for keeping her secret so long but just as […]


Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

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

    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 […]


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.