Her Darkest Nightmare, by Brenda Novak

5 makes you want to leave the light on stars!



I was dying to get my hands on this book after I read her novella Hanover House where you get introduced to these characters.  These books definitely differ from her Whiskey Creek series which is more romance.  These books are more suspense/thriller than anything.  I had guessed some of the plot twists in this one but not all of them.  Very well done Brenda Novak, way to lead me into a false sense of security, then boom plot twist.



These books focus on a psychiatrist named Evelyn.  She has had such a traumatic past I can’t even understand why she would want to work with the same type of criminal that attacked her.  If you didn’t read the novella it’s okay you can still start with this book. (although I would highly suggest it).  As I said previously Evelyn is now working with psychopaths so that she can determine how better to spot them or track them so more people don’t get hurt.  I tell you what some of these guys scare the crap out of me.  I really enjoyed Evelyn’s character and how her backbone grew throughout this book. I was afraid she was going to stay timid throughout the whole book.  Of course she can have some lingering hang-ups after everything that has happened but she doesn’t seem to let that affect her to much.  Her distrust of mostly men is definitely something she needs to work on.  The fact that she is stranded with these guys in a remote town in Alaska adds to the suspense there is literally no-where for anyone to go. I love how she is slowly starting to open up to Amarok.

Oh Amarok has the patience of a saint; he definitely wants to be involved with Evelyn but has a hard time disassociating her from Hanover House. He sees this prison as nothing but a problem for his town.  Amarok is a state trooper for Alaska and he is in charge of the welfare of his people.  Bringing this prison here is bad news and it’s not helping that he has conflicting emotions for the head psychiatrist. Evelyn keeps putting off their age difference as a reason for them not to get together.  However Amarok sees right through her façade to the real reason she doesn’t want to be with him.  She can’t seem to trust men, he’s willing to be as patient as he needs to let her trust him. While he is trying to get Evelyn to let him in he is also trying to protect her from  the evil that lies within Hanover House.

On a side note I love the pets that Evelyn and Amarok have, they are a great addition to the story.  As I said in the beginning while I did see a couple of the plot twists some were very unexpected. I’m not sure whether to be worried that Brenda Novak can think like these psychopaths or not… On a side note I would like to know how she researched this Alaskan town.  Do they really call it a snow “shovel” on their trucks in Alaska?  We call them plows here…

Thank you to St. Martin Press , Netgalley, and Brenda Novak for the advanced copy in lieu of my honest review.

Goodreads link here.

book blurb…

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
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…

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