Friday, April 20, 2018

Audiobook Review - Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Series: Evelyn Talbot #1
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: September 29, 2016
Date Read: April 11, 2018
Length: 13 hours 5 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
★★★☆☆
Her Darkest Nightmare, first in an electrifying new series from New York Times best-selling author Brenda Novak.

The hunt for a serial killer...

Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only 16 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.
My Review

I thought that this was pretty good.  It wasn't great but it was good.  I have been excited about this book since I read the prequel novella Hanover House a couple of years ago.  This is the first full length book in the Evelyn Talbot series but I do recommend reading the prequel novella first if at all possible since it really sets up the series well.  I had a pretty good time with this book and was eager to learn how everything would work out in the end.

Evelyn Talbot has a lot of experience with psychopaths.  As a teenager, her boyfriend killed her friends and almost killed her as well after torturing her for several days.  As an adult, she has dedicated her life to learning more about psychopaths.  She was the driving force behind opening Hanover House, a facility that houses and studies these individuals.

Sergeant Amarok is the local law enforcement.  He is an Alaskan State Trooper and the only real authority in the town.  He has to deal with dangerous weather condition and whatever other issues come up in the area.  When it appears that a murder has occurred, he is the one tasked with figuring everything out.

This book had a lot of really great elements.  It was an exciting story.  There was more than a few scenes that really had me worried that things might go poorly for the characters.  The mystery was rather complex and kept me guessing until the very end of the book.  I liked the romance between Evelyn and Amarok.  They really seemed perfect together and I loved how their personalities complimented each other.

There were a few things about the story that seemed a bit off.  I did like the romance between Evelyn and Amarok but I didn't care for the way that it seemed to take over the rest of the story at times.  The book spends a lot of time in Evelyn's head and she spent so much time thinking about Amarok.  I kind of thought she should have been thinking about the murderer running around the town but that is just me.  I also thought is was unrealistic that Amarok would have been left to deal with everything on his own.  I would think that a murderer on the loose would have been enough to get a few reinforcements sent to his little town.

Therese Plummer did a great job with this book.  I found the book to be a pretty quick listen that I really enjoyed.  Overall, I think that the narrator did a nice job with the character voices although I did find a couple of the voices to be rather similar at first.   I thought she did a great job with adding excitement to the book at just the right moments.  I would definitely listen to this talented narrator again in the future.

I do recommend this book to others.  This wasn't a perfect book but I had a lot of fun with it. I am really looking forward to finding out what else might threaten Evelyn and Hanover House very soon.

About the Author

BRENDA NOVAK and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children-three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research. Brenda's novels have made The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Author Link:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

20 comments:

  1. A solid read is always enjoyable and I do like this author. Great review!

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    1. I am really looking forward to reading more of this series.

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  2. I enjoyed this a bit more than you did, Carole, and I found the psychopath aspect of it to be so very chilling. I don't think I could do Evelyn's job if what had happened to her in the past had happened to me...
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. No way would I want to be anywhere near psychopaths if I had almost been killed by one myself!

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  3. I've read the Hanover House late last year and I really enjoyed it! And my, this just reminds me I need to get a copy of this book too, hehe.

    For this genre, I usually only want it to have just a slight romance so I can totally relate about your issue on that. But overall, I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy it Carole :)

    xx
    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. I really liked Hanover House! I liked this one just a bit less but I am looking forward to moving on with the series.

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  4. it looks good even if it's not awesome so maybe one day

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    1. I liked it and am looking forward to reading more about the characters.

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  5. I bought a copy of this, but I am yet to read it. Sounds good, despite the issues you had.

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    1. I thought it was a good story even though there were a few things that seemed off.

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  6. ha, sounds like this def would have been better lighter on the romance

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    1. The constant thought of Amarok when she should have been worried about the killer just felt strange.

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  7. I have never read Novak, or listened to ;)
    Lol, yeah the romance, I do wonder how people have time to think about that when a killer is loose

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    1. I just thought that the romance need to be toned down a bit.

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  8. That is my issue with romance in so many books-I often feel that it takes over too much of the story. I sort of just want authors to get on with the real plot!

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    1. I think this one would have been better if the romance was toned down a bit.

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  9. I remember seeing reviews for Hanover House. Sorry this one was a bit of a disappointment. I do love Therese Plummer.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. This one wasn't bad at all but I have to question why the characters acted as they did at times. I did like the book and Therese Plummer did a great job with it.

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  10. Ah I think I am going to have to pass on this one. I do like a good thriller and I have heard good things about this author, but one thing I really don't like is when romance kind of takes over too much of the story which seems to be the case here :/

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    1. I did like the book and plan to continue with the series but the romance did seem to take over at times.

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