Series: The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Hanover House
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 30th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Also by this author: Hanover House
eARC provided by St. Martin's Press
First in an electrifying new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak
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...
“Brenda Novak's seamless plotting, emotional intensity, and true-to-life characters...make her books completely satisfying.”—New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan
I read the prequel to this book, HANOVER HOUSE, late last year. This new series by Brenda Novak follows psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot. She was tortured and left when she was only 16. Evelyn now works with the very same type of psychopaths that almost killed her. She needs to understand them. Her pet project has been creating the Hanover House in remote Hilltop, Alaska. It is the only facility that seeks to study and understand America’s most dangerous killers. Evelyn’s nightmare begins when the mutilated body of a local woman is found. For the only cop in the town, Amarok, it confirms his beliefs that Hanover House has brought crime to his town. When a body part is found in Evelyn’s bed, she is sure it is her ex who was never caught. Together Evelyn and Amarok must figure out if it is the man who almost killed her or a new evil lurking among them.
This isn’t my normal sort of read. I can’t help loving the characters though. I love that Evelyn has made it her life’s mission to understand how someone who looks so normal could be a serial killer. She is damaged goods, there is no doubt about that. She uses her past to motivate her. The only place that she isn’t healed is in her love life. I could completely see how someone who was tortured by their first love might have issues getting intimate with anyone else. I was rooting so hard for Evelyn and Amarok to be together. I won’t tell you if got my wish, but I think it was a nice distraction from all the horror these two face in this story.
Everyone who knows me, knows I would love to move to Alaska. The rugged terrain and remoteness really sounds peaceful. This location is actually anything but for the characters in this story. Between the actual work Evelyn does with the convicts and the sketchy people who work with her, Evelyn is surrounded by crazy. This story moves at a great pace. I was horrified for everyone at Hilltop and disgusted at the actions of some of the characters. I was eager to see what happened and how Evelyn would remain in control over Hanover House and if she could actually use her experience to outwit the killer.
The author starts every chapter with a quote from a known convicted psychopath. Although these infamous killers don’t make any appearances in this story, their quotes add something special to this book. It helped me to remember that people like those Evelyn works with are real. This makes the behavior and speech of the patients Evelyn is working with all the more frightening.
I love the protagonist and the setting of this series. This story is complete enough to be a stand-alone. I am excited to know it is part of a series. I am definitely a fan of the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles!