Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review - Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Hello Again by Brenda Novak
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Series: Evelyn Talbot #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Date Read: May 23, 2018
Length: 384 pages / 11 hours 27 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
From the New York Times bestseller Brenda Novak comes the next installment of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths in Hello Again.

SHE CAN MAKE SENSE OF A COMPLEX CRIMINAL MIND.
Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered—or he is wrongly convicted.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CRIMINAL CAN SEE INTO HER OWN?
When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her friends—and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . . .
My Review

I had a really good time with this book.  I actually liked this book a lot more than the previous installment and am really glad that I decided to continue with the series.  I thought that this book was very exciting and found myself wanting to keep reading for hours at a time just to find out how things would work out.

This is the second full length book in the Evelyn Talbot series and I do recommend reading this series in order since some parts of the story build on events from previous books.  Evelyn is continuing her work at Hanover House and has a new psychopath to work with, Lyman Bishop or the Zombie Maker.  Lyman is incredibly intelligent and somewhat challenging. Of course, there are other things going on around Evelyn as well so things are always interesting.

I really liked the complexity of the mystery in this book.  I wasn't quite sure what I should think about certain events until something else that was connected occurred and everything fell into place.   The way things were laid out really kept my interest level high.  I thought that the fact that there were several interconnected threads also kept things rather exciting and there were quite a few surprises worked into the story.  The relationship between Evelyn and Amarok does have a few developments but I thought that the story was much more balanced with the romantic aspect adding to the story and character development.

I thought that Therese Plummer did a great job with this book.  I really enjoyed the pacing of her reading and she has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time.  She was able to handle a fairly large cast of characters very well with distinct voices for each of the key players.  I thought the she added a lot of emotion to the story and made some of the intense scenes even more exciting.

I would recommend this book to others.  The series is really exciting and filled with wonderful characters.  I can't wait to read more of this series so I can find out what is next for Evelyn Talbot.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the book from Audible.
The Series
Book #0.5 - Hanover House - My Review
Book #1 - Her Darkest Nightmare - My Review
Book #2 - Hello Again
Book #3 - Face Off - Coming August 28, 2018!
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. I have never read Novak...*thinks about it* nope, never

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    1. You should give her a try, Blodeuedd!

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  2. I haven't read many Alaskan-set books. I imagine such a location would add to the atmosphere of what already sounds like an exciting thriller

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    1. I have only read a couple but I do like what the harsher setting adds to the story.

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  3. I'm glad you had such a great time with this instalment, and can you believe I still have to give her books a go? BUT, on a positive note, I have Her Darkest Nightmare :D Need to make some space for it!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Her Darkest Nightmare when you get the chance to read it, Silvia!

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  4. Always good news when pushing forward after a so-so book works out so well. Neat how the pieces were perplexing and then came together and made sense like that. I got the first book as a freebie. I need to get busy on this series.

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    1. Yes, I am so glad that the series picked up a bit for me. I am really looking forward to the next book!

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  5. Oh I started this series but didn't realize there were new books. I didn't love the last full book but I might try this one. Greta review!

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    1. I liked this one a lot more than the last one, Grace. You should give it a try!

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  6. oh it's great that it continues to be good!

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    1. I was very happy that I liked this one as much as I did.

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  7. Oh my goodness. This sounds so good! I went right to my library website and put it on hold. LOL

    Great review! I'm glad the series picked up for you with this one.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it, Angie Elle!

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  8. I'll eventually get to this series :D I love the sound of this and how complicated the mystery sounds but that the author seems to know how to bring everything together

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    1. I thought everything came together nicely, Lily!

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  9. It's been a while since I've read one of her books but this sounds good.

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  10. I love Brenda Novak so I'm sure I would like this, especially as it is on the romantic suspense / mystery thriller. I have also listened to Therese Plummer and enjoyed her on Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series. Good stuff all around. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I have listened to Therese Plummer before and really enjoy her narration. This was a really well done story.

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