Genre: Suspense

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.


Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Audio Review: Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Posted October 4, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White

Posted August 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Audio Review: The Fix by David Baldacci

Posted July 19, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Posted July 13, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Night Watch by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Night Watch by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Posted June 17, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Audio Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Audio Review: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Posted June 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

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Back Again by Susan May

Posted May 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

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