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.
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