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Her Darkest Nightmare

(The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,931 ratings  ·  721 reviews
Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen 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 pu
Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Asteropê In the order they were published.

0.5. Hanover House (2015)
1. Her Darkest Nightmare (2016)
2. Hello Again …more
In the order they were published.

0.5. Hanover House (2015)
1. Her Darkest Nightmare (2016)
2. Hello Again (2017)
3. Face Off (2018)
4. Blind Spot (2019)(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Cradle Robbing Stars

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*Mild Spoilers

"Well? What are you going to choose?" "Depends." "On what?" "Are you read to spread your legs for me?"-Evelyn and Amarok

Let me just say that when I started this book I honestly wasn't very excited. It took so long (a year) for this book to come since I read the last book Hanover House, that I lost interest. I hate when books take forever to come out. I read 100s of books and I tend to forget something I read a year and 200 books in the past. The good n
The story resumes about six months after the prequel with Hanover House up and running. Dr. Evelyn Talbot has a team of psychiatrists in place who are analyzing some of the most twisted minds in the country, all serial killers. When a woman's mutilated body is found in the middle of a developing snowstorm, Evelyn finds herself embroiled in the case and questions whether Jasper Murphy has found her in this Alaskan frontier.

What I liked about the story was the underlying suspense of whether Jaspe
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I loved the first half of this book. Seriously loved it. A great mix of romance and suspense, I was convinced it would end up a new favorite. I don’t know what happened though. Strike that. Yes, I do. The ending didn’t live up to the rest of the story.

Coming off of an emotionally draining read, I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for. I started six different books, only to set them aside in frustration because I just wasn’t feeling it. Lucky number seven did the trick though. There was
Alan Cotterell
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
4.5 rounded up full
Her Darkest Nightmare is the first full length book in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles series from Brenda Novak. However, there was a prequel novella released to this series, Hanover House. I am hoping to read this soon, to get the full background story or most of it.

Reading this first as a standalone is fine as enough of the history is covered to fill you in.

I have to agree with a few of the other reviewers, that the first 40-45% is the best bit. The good doctor does go on a bi
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Following last year's prequel Hanover House, Her Darkest Nightmare is Brenda Novak's first full-length novel in The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. The prequel provides a bit more details about the protagonists but even without it, it's easy to follow this, as there is plenty of background information provided.
Hanover House is a maximum security facility in a remote Alaskan location housing some of the most dangerous serial killers. It was founded by Evelyn who has made her career studying psychopathi
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4.5 Stars *****

I highly recommend reading Hanover House before starting this book. The prequel will give you a better idea of Evelyn Talbot's traumatizing history, and it will also explain why she is in the middle of Alaska studying psychopaths.

This thriller has everything! Mystery. Suspense. Romance. My mind was always spinning.

I can't wait to read the next book!

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Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I wouldn’t call this a thriller, it’s definitely a romance/suspense.

After something that happened to the main character it left her with a lot of questions.

Hanover House was born hoarding the most worst serial killers.
Body parts started appearing as staff went missing.

The first 40% was fine but I soon became a bit fed up with the plot.

This author is known for her romance. I’ve read some previous books and loved them but I just can’t get the hang of her thought processes with a thriller.

My thank
Serial killers meet romance novel, and unfortunately it wasn't a comfortable mix.

I wavered - hard - between two and three stars for this one, and in the end I rounded up because the parts that are done well, really are done well. The research behind the psychology of psychopaths, both clinical and sub-, is up to date and obviously thoroughly done. The Alaskan setting is used effectively but never overwhelms the reader or feels like a travel brochure. There's also two pets in the book that make i
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Evelyn Talbort has devoted the past twenty years of her life to studying the minds of the most depraved, evil, soulless killers in the world. She has a personal interest in what drives these psychotic killers to brutally torture and murder their victims, as she was a victim of one at age sixteen when she was kidnapped and tortured by her boyfriend, Jasper, who escaped capture. Eve is always looking over her shoulder, painfully aware that he is out there somewhere watching, waiting for his shot a ...more
Liz Barnsley
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed this one - its very twisted. And sexy. All good things. Review to follow!
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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 w
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Evelyn Talbot has spent her life trying to find out what makes a psychopath and how to better understand them. She was tortured and almost killed by her high school boyfriend, Jasper, and is dealing with that as best she can. Evelyn obtained funding for her project the Hanover House, a maximum-security facility located in a small Alaskan town which will be the home to the worst of the worst killers to be sent there for study to try to understand how their minds work.

When there is a killing in t
Lo Bookfrantic

This was a slow and torturous suspenseful ride! I truly enjoyed it, when I thought I had guess right I well I didn't shit!! What a twisted ride. I love the couple in this book and I can't freaking wait for book two already definitely a great start of a new series!

suspense, crime, mystery, serial killer? Sign me up!! Even if I eat all y nails by the time I'm done lmao


Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. S
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction, romance
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

I read the prequel to this book, HANOVER HOUSE, late last year. This new series by Brenda Novak follows psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot. She was tortured and left when she was only 16. Evelyn now works with the very same type of psychopaths that almost killed her. She needs to understand them. Her pet project has been creating the Hanover House in remote Hilltop, Alaska. It is the only facility that seeks to study and understand America’s most dangerous kill
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whenever Brenda Novak releases a new book it always goes to the top of my to read list. There is a good reason, because she always delivers a fantastic read. This book is a mystery thriller and also an in-depth, up close and personal look into the mindset of psychopathic serial killers. It was a bit too in depth for me which is why I gave it 4.5 stars, but in true Brenda Novak fashion, this was extremely well written and compelling!

Evelyn Talbot thought she knew her boyfriend, Jasper, when she a
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr Evelyn Talbot was held captive by her psychopathic boyfriend Jasper, when she was sixteen. He raped and tortured her for three days. He also did the same to her three best friends, the only difference - Evelyn lived to tell her horrific story, her three friends didn't. Jasper was never caught, and Evelyn went on to study psychiatry and became among the top in her field.

Evelyn went on to establish Hanover House, a mental health facility for psychopaths, the first of its kind. Here at Hanover H
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Finished Brenda Novak's Her Darkest Fear and to say I was disappointed is putting it mildly...almost a wall banger for me. Never mind about the non payoff of the bedroom scene (strictly off page) after the long buildup of a tease, but you have one bad guy who was nicked by his heart, escape from the hospital right after it happens, gets caught, suffers another heart arrest, escapes again make it all the way across Alaska in the winter with nothing I am assuming, but what he managed to steal. The ...more
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick read that kept me on the edge of my seat. Enjoyed it more than the other books I’ve read by Brenda Novak. 4.5★s!
Irene Sim
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had many issues while reading this story. I struggled my way through to the middle, then somehow things got a little bit more interesting and the rest of the story flew by, till the very predictable end.
The heroine took all the wrong decisions possible to help the culprit catch her in the end, fell in all the traps somehow justifying herself with a logic that challenges mine.
The writting is full of platitudes and reminds me of novels from the '90s.
As for the romance, it seems forced on the H
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Note to self: if you ever find yourself 36 years old and a super dreamy 29 year old Alaskan state trooper is madly in love with you, don't constantly beat him over the head about your age difference. It's no fun for anyone. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great first installment to a new series, which focuses on a psychiatrist, Evelyn Talbot, that started a psychiatric prison for psychopaths in Alaska. As you can imagine, things don't all go well.

Evelyn was held captive and tortured by her boyfriend when she was sixteen. This has directly affected the direction her life has taken. She has focused her life solely on work, which entails finding out why psychopaths do what they do, and has not had a boyfriend/lover in 20 years.

In this b
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
In January, I read Hanover House which gave us both the history of our heroine and introduced us to Hanover House. A maximum-security prison spearheaded by Evelyn (Eve) Talbot a psychiatrist who specializes in the criminal mind. She has brought the worst serial killers in the US to this prison. Her hope is to gain insight into their minds. While it is not wholly necessary to read the prequel, it does share Evelyn’s unique background and a budding romance with local law enforcement Sergeant Amaro ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

"I want you badly. I've wanted you since the first moment I laid eyes on you."

I was hooked after I read Hanover House, prequel to this book. I LOVE thrillers, especially ones focusing on serial killers. I have a healthy obsession with serial killers. I want to know what makes them tick. Why they do the things they do, what goes on in their criminal minds. And that is exactly what Evelyn Talbot is trying to find out. She opened up Hanover House, a maximum-security facility, in Hilltop Alaska. The
Read for the URR 2017 New Year's Reading Challenge prompt Dark Romance.


First thriller I've read in a while and it was GREAT. My library has categorised this as 'romance' and for the sake of the challenge mentioned above I'm sticking with that label, but here at GR I've shelved it as a 'thriller' because I would say this is more a thriller with some romantic aspects, rather than a romance with some thriller aspects. There are a c
Jane Stewart
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense

I expect romance from this author, but this was too much of a mystery. Relationship development was not a focus. Way too much analyzing and thinking about psycopaths. Too much description, not much dialogue. No interesting things happened. It was a mystery about something bad going to happen, then some bad things happen, then it’s trying to find out what and why. It was dull. I skimmed a lot. I was curious enough to want to know what happened, but I did not enjoy it.

There is a romantic/se
The first book in The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles by Brenda Novak. Back in high school Evelyn Talbot nearly died when her boyfriend killed her friends and nearly to kill her too. Now twenty years later she is a respected psychiatrist and is working at Hanover House, a maximum-security prison located in Alaska. Sergeant Amarok is attracted to Evelyn but Evelyn feels he is too young for her. She is seven years older. But when bad things start happening, Amarok is there to investigate and offer her pr ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! Good for fans of Christina Dodd, Laura Griffin, etc. Enjoyable overall but it kind of felt slow in parts. This review was originally posted on The Book Disciple ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
4 Thrilling stars

I got a paperback copy of this novel when I was still blogging. I didn’t really think anything of it and I actually gave it away in a giveaway. Little did I know I would read it years later and well.. I really enjoyed it.

I decided to do an Audio version because with this whole covid / pandemic new way of life… it’s easier for me to work / take care of my kids with my iphone and ear buds in my ear.

Anyhow, it was a little hard to understand the book at first. I felt like I was g
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Evelyn Talbot knows that a psychopath can look perfectly normal. She was only sixteen 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 thr
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, romantic-supense
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Inside the heads of psychopathic serial killers or the minds of those studying or hunting them is not a place that I that like spending any time. Just not my thing, even as romantic-suspense. This series is the authors research into the minds of these nasty, evil creatures. I normally enjoy when an author really digs into a subject and I get to benefit from their knowledge, not this time. I could go my entire life not k
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“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

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