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Thursday, October 22, 2015

2015 Book 327: HANOVER HOUSE by Brenda Novak

Hanover House (Hanover House Chronicles #0.5) by Brenda Novak
ISBN: 9781928068723 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781928068358 (ebook)
ASIN: B013F9NVY4 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: September 1, 2015 
Publisher: Brenda Novak, Inc.


Welcome to Hanover House….
Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don't they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?
After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she's determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she's established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.
But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can't help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He's even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.
He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong…


Evelyn Talbot suffered unspeakable horrors at the hands of her teenage boyfriend twenty years ago. Now she spends her time trying to understand the evil that lurks in the minds of psychopaths. Fighting for funding and a location for a new type of research facility, she's awaiting completion of Hanover House in Hilltop, Alaska. Just when it looks like things are going to go forward as planned, vandals strike Hanover House and Evelyn is attacked by an inmate in California. If that's not bad enough, Evelyn's teenage attacker has never been found and he is still obsessed with the "one that got away" in Hanover House by Brenda Novak. 

Hanover House is a fast-paced and quick read with less than 200 pages. Ms. Novak has done a wonderful job of creating characters and a setting for the Hanover House Chronicles series. Hanover House is the prequel novella to the upcoming Hanover House Chronicles series. The first full book in this series, Whiteout, is expected in 2016 from St. Martin's Press. This prequel has action that takes place in California, Massachusetts, and Alaska. The reader is introduced to Evelyn Talbot, Sergeant Benjamin Murphy aka Sergeant Amarok, Evelyn's parents, and even Evelyn's teenage attacker Jasper Moore aka Andy Smith. There's a lot of tension in the story revolving around Evelyn's work, her attraction to Amarok, and her inhibitions as a result of her attack as a teenager. There's additional tension from the residents of Hilltop concerning Hanover House and then there's the ongoing obsession for Evelyn by Jasper Moore. Obviously there's a lot more going on, but I don't want to reveal too much (read the book). I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hanover House and am greatly looking forward to reading Whiteout next year.

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like something I'd love to read. Thanks for your review. :)
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