Her Darkest Nightmare

Her Darkest Nightmare

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New York Times bestseller Brenda Novak's first novel in the Hanover House series, HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE, has been described by Karen Rose as 'gut-gripping suspense'. Psychiatrist Dr. Evelyn Talbot thought she had experienced her darkest nightmare when she was targeted as a teenager by a killer, but she's about to find out that some nightmares return again and again...

Dr. Evelyn Talbot has learnt to live with fear. As a teenager she was targeted by her boyfriend, Jasper Moore, and survived days of torture. She escaped with her life, but Jasper disappeared before he could be caught.

Now Evelyn Talbot lives in a world of psychopaths.

As the pioneering head of the Hanover House institute in Alaska, she engages daily with killers who have no conscience, no remorse and an ever-increasing desire to murder her. Her only desire is to try and figure out why they do what they do and stop them.

But when a mutilated body is found in her sleepy Alaskan town Evelyn is forced to question herself, her inmates and whether her darkest nightmare has come back to haunt her...

The second book in the Evelyn Talbot series, HELLO AGAIN, is available to buy in paperback and ebook now.

Publisher: London, Headline,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781472240972
Characteristics: 426 pages ; 18 cm.


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Jan 14, 2017


First thriller I've read in a while and it was GREAT. My library has categorised this as 'romance' and for the sake of the challenge mentioned above I'm sticking with that label, but here at GR I've shelved it as a 'thriller' because I would say this is more a thriller with some romantic aspects, rather than a romance with some thriller aspects. There are a couple of sex scenes, but the plot's focus are the murders and Evelyn's work at Hanover House.

I had the killer picked from the first time we met him, but I never would have guessed his motive. As soon as Glenn was discussed as being so polite and attentive to both Lorraine and Evelyn I became suspicious that he'd killed Lorraine because of a fantasy relationship with her that he'd created in his mind after she 'encouraged him' by smiling at him or thanking him for doing something nice for her. I also felt like his reaction to the 'news' that Lorraine was dead was a little bit off, immediately 'assuming' it was a car accident and blaming it on her bald tires. I never believed Jasper was involved in Evelyn's more recent nightmares in any way and I felt like Fitzpatrick was too easy a choice, plus I didn't believe that the organised criminal who killed and dismembered Lorraine and then staked her head in a public place would be the same person who exploded at Evelyn over her decision to bring in a 'patient' of her own without consulting with him first. If Fitzpatrick was going to explode like that I doubt he'd have the patience to dismember a body and display it, so I was never fooled by that red herring.

In summation, I really loved this story - the characters, the plot, the atmosphere, the idea of Hanover House (really creepy) in a remote Alaskan town (fantastic place to put a fictional house of serial killers, not so much in real life and I'm glad I live in a country that gets an equal amount of day to night hours) - and I can't wait to read more of the series. I hope to be able to convince my library to buy a copy of the prequel novella, Hanover House, otherwise I'll have to wait for who knows how long for Hello Again (it has a publishing date of August 2017, but we all know how reliable those expected dates can be), the next book in the series.

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