Her Darkest Nightmare (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #1) by Brenda Novak


Title: Her Darkest Nightmare (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #1)
Author: Brenda Novak
Published: Aug. 30, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin
Pages: 432
Genre: Murder/Mystery/Thriller/Series
Review: paperback

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.

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…

I picked this book up from my local library. I am so glad they had this book as I have read her previous book and I was introduced to the Hanover House. 
Dr. Talbot deals with serial killers and tries to get inside their mind and it all stems from when she was kidnapped and tortured by her own boyfriend. 
You would think that having this place pretty much in the middle of nowhere nothing bad could happen. Well, that is where you are wrong when a body is found the local sheriff Amarok needs to find out who is behind it while pursuing his feelings with Evelyn. 
Evelyn will dig for answers and what she uncovers is something a lot more than she ever thought would happen within Hanover House. 
The one thing that drove me crazy about Evelyn is that she didn't seem to want to accept that Amarok really wants to be with her. Her excuse for it all was he was too young for her and she brought it up multiple times like girl he is only 29 and your like 36 it isn't that much of an age difference. Just go with your heart! 
The ending was OMG total cliffhanger, like man I have to find out what is going to happen next because Evelyn is in for a real surprise. I hope she never puts her guard down. 

This author does a great job of pulling you into this world and having you just wonder what is going to happen next. The action and suspense make the book just get read faster. 

Brenda Novak

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.
“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”
However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.

Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”
Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader's Choice, the Bookseller's Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions.
When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an on-line auction held at her website May 1st – May 31st. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking--she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!


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