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Review: HANOVER HOUSE by Brenda NovakHanover House by Brenda Novak
Series: The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #0.5
Also in this series: Her Darkest Nightmare
Published by Brenda Novak Inc on September 1, 2015
Pages: 244
Genres: Romance, Thrillers & Suspense
Also by this author: Her Darkest Nightmare
eARC provided by Brenda Novak Inc


Welcome to Hanover House….
Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them? After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst. But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries. He knows what could happen if one little thing goes wrong...

This story took me by surprise. I don’t normally read the romance genre, but I love a good thriller. I think this was a great blend of romance and suspense. This was my first Brenda Novak book, but it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed this prequel into the series. This was an in depth look into the characters, the scenes, their history and the beginning of a romance.

Evelyn was terrorized by her first love at the age of 16. He killed her two best friends and after 3 days of torture he sliced her throat and left her for dead. He seemed so normal. Its amazing that she survived and now she spends her life studying men like her ex. Now, 20 years later, Evelyn is about to start working at a facility that she helped start in remote Alaska. This facility will hold the most dangerous criminals alive in the hopes to gain knowledge about what makes them the way they are. As a psychiatrist, and a former victim, this work is her passion. The people in Alaska don’t really want her, and the criminals aren’t too happy about being shipped to the middle of nowhere to become her guinea pigs. Before she can make this move, she needs to take care of a few things at home. A man from her past has other ideas for her future.

I really enjoyed learning about what Evelyn does for a living. You might not know this about me, but Evelyn has my dream job in studying the thoughts of abnormal people. The reasons she went into the field were really horrifying. This is not a light read. I loved that she was able to overcome her fears and turn her tragedy into something that (hopefully) helps people. As you can imagine, being terrorized so young, she has real issues when it comes to romance and intimacy. Of course the last thing she needs is to feel something for someone in this quaint Alaskan town. She should be focusing on her job, but the lone cop in the town, Amarok, is proving to be a big distraction.

This story is told in various POVs but I didn’t get lost at all. Each character had a unique voice. Evelyn is an interesting character. I have to admit she did some predictable things when it came to romance. Her survival instincts and her thoughts in the middle of terror were surprising to me. I rooted for her and Amarok to just work things out. Amarok was exactly what Evelyn needed. I loved how they weren’t an obvious match from the start. He is a bit younger and I loved how he tried to get her to lighten up and get to know the people in the town.

I was pretty much hooked on this read right away. I read this in one day, and now I really can’t wait for the sequel which is due out September 2016.

My Rating


About 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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