This is the first book I've read of this genre from the author. I'm not surprised that I loved it because Brenda Novak is such a versatile writer, herThis is the first book I've read of this genre from the author. I'm not surprised that I loved it because Brenda Novak is such a versatile writer, her stories are those one couldn't put down. This is no different.
I have not read the prequel so it bothered me a bit that there were references to "what happened last summer". I'm the type of person who loves to read in order so while reading I felt like I was missing something. Anyway, this thriller has a very detailed plot. After reading a lot of similar books with stories like this, one of my hunches proved correct. Still, I have to hand it to the author, there were a lot of almosts and twists and turns that it really kept me on edge.
First, there's the location: Alaska. From someone who doesn't live in the US, I don't know much about it, except that it's isolated, always cold, and based on the novel, storms are the norm which results in bad signals for cellular phones. Toward the end, it's described as "the last frontier", a lot of wildlife. It's that dismal feel of the place in Hilltop, which resides Hanover House that really sets up the general vibe of the novel, and it's effective.
Next, the heroine who's a victim, but turned out to be a strong survivor of a horrific and traumatic experience. Any other victim without a support system and ten years of therapy might not have made it. Not only did Evelyn survive, she thrived; she dedicated her life to studying what goes on in a psycopath criminal's mind in order to save lives.
Third, Sergeant Amarok who's her love interest. He's the only law enforcement officer, an Alaska State Trooper and he's years younger than her (which bothers her, totally understandable). The story mentioned him as the general investigator of the crimes that's been happening. I liked that he was determined to win Evelyn over, he really likes her no matter what she thinks of herself.
After reading a lot of Ms Novak's novels, I'm still amazed at her creative imagination. It's obvious she put a lot of time and effort in to research. The mystery was also the central focus, so is Evelyn and how she handles things. I felt that the novel was climactic and there's definitely a sequel since there's a loose end. It is not exactly a cliffhanger, just more to look forward to....more
I know it's cliché, but I can't help saying: "...and the plot thickens!" There's a turnaround of events and it's a cliffhanger like the previous booksI know it's cliché, but I can't help saying: "...and the plot thickens!" There's a turnaround of events and it's a cliffhanger like the previous books. I suggest you have all the books in the series and on hand before starting....more
This made my heart race. The author is a master in dark fiction. There's no romance in here so don't expect it. I often ask myself why I read these, tThis made my heart race. The author is a master in dark fiction. There's no romance in here so don't expect it. I often ask myself why I read these, there are really subjects which are too heavy to dwell on but then I remember Diana Gabaldon's take on torturing her characters. It's amazing how humans can withstand anything, the most humiliating scenes, the grossest acts and other forms of abuse just because they have this strong will; for what, it depends. For some, the strong will to live, but for others, the revenge to exact justice is what keeps them going.
I'm definitely starting the next one in the series....more
I have mixed feelings about this. Given my 4-star rating of course I liked it a lot. I admire the author's originality and her writing style. I likedI have mixed feelings about this. Given my 4-star rating of course I liked it a lot. I admire the author's originality and her writing style. I liked the suspense, the story, and I agree that this is not for everyone. It contains sexual and mental abuse, pseudo-incest, and other disturbing things.
There's loving sex too by the way but I like the story's unpredictability....more
I had high expectations of this fourth installment of the series. While I don't have any complaints on the sex scenes and how the author portrayed theI had high expectations of this fourth installment of the series. While I don't have any complaints on the sex scenes and how the author portrayed the lifestyle, I was a bit disappointed in Hayden.
Yes he's a Dom and all that but it's clear from the onset that he's the weak character and Addie is the strong one in their relationship. She knows what she wants and made a move to get it where Hayden is paralyzed with fear on the negative. They're the opposite in that sense and Addie is always the one to pull things together for both of them.
Hayden always needs a push or prod to get into action. Like he needed to see Addie in the flesh talking to someone else and negotiating her limits with another Dom before he comes to his senses that it should be him she's doing that with. Then there's this final straw that wasn't really final because of the events that happened after, that I'm not gonna spoil in this review.
Yes I understand that Hayden was a poor little rich kid who has a dysfunctional set of parents he ended up being sort of adopted by the help and her son, but it's like he didn't grow up from that. He never got over it in the sense that the upbringing ruled his life decisions. He couldn't even let Addie in because he didn't trust her enough.
I admire Addie's tenacity. I would've given up the first or second time, but what do I know? I've never been in love....more
I missed reading this author's books and this book is the first I've read of hers after her "With Me In Seattle" series. I gotta admit it made me curiI missed reading this author's books and this book is the first I've read of hers after her "With Me In Seattle" series. I gotta admit it made me curious about going to Seattle, it's like what another author called "armchair traveling".
This story is set in New Orleans and a good start to a new series.
Eli and Kate both didn't want entanglements but they fell for each other eventually. There are mentions of abuse (both physical and mental) that others may find highly offensive.
On the other hand, the sex scenes were hot and Eli and Kate do have awesome chemistry. I'm currently reading the next in the series (Easy Charm) and it's promising....more