Friday, October 28, 2016


Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novel, Book 1
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
August 30th, 2016
Suspense, Thriller
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by self-purchase
3.5 Hearts

For Evelyn Talbot, she knows what evil looks like for at sixteen her boyfriend kidnapped and tortured her then left her for dead. Now she is a talented psychiatrist who is determined to figure out those kinds of criminal minds and get the answers she seeks. She is the force behind a new prison, Hanover House, in the small Alaskan town where the local law enforcement, Sergeant Amarok disapproves of what she is doing there with Hanover House but can’t help but be drawn to Evelyn. But as winter bears down on the residents of Hanover House and the t own of Hilltop, Evelyn will find out that in the darkness, something is stirring and that evil will find a way out. As the killings continue, Evelyn fears her past is coming back to haunt her and this time she fears she won’t survive.

 Brenda Novak captivated me with the prequel, Hanover House, and I loved the set up of the series. It felt a little like Criminal Minds or other such shows but more in depth and detailed. The psychological aspect of this book was well done and I had a few shivers at times as I flipped the pages. As much as I wanted to give HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE a four, I just couldn’t. There was an issue I had with Evelyn that lead me to lower the rating of it. Evelyn at times drove me batty and I wanted to smack some sense into her. She gets repetitive a lot and it drew me out of the story. I could see it maybe once or twice but not continuously repeated throughout the story. It made me not care as much as I should about Evelyn. I did love the scenes with Amarok and Evelyn. Those scenes showed a softer side of Evelyn that I enjoyed and also Amarok was her rock in this madness that has consumed Hilltop and Hanover House. The scenes between these two are enjoyable and a little risqué yet worked for me within the storyline. The story moved quickly and the action heated up as it raced toward its climatic ending.

HER DARKEST NIGHTMARE captures the suspense and terror as Evelyn and Amarok race to find the killer and try to stay alive. The twists and turns will keep you invested in the story and even though I had issue with Evelyn, the last few chapters kept me glued to the story to see if the killer was who I thought it might be. With the right amount of terror, thrills and romance, Ms. Novak delivers a satisfying story to thrill her readers on a cold autumn night. I look forward to seeing where the author goes with this series and if a certain character from both books shows up in a more prominent role.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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