🎧Review: Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 2019 Audio Book Challenge, Reviews / 16 Comments

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🎧Review: Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda NovakTitle: Her Darkest Nightmare
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #1
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Published by Macmillan Audio on September 29, 2016
Length: 13 hrs 1 mins
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Source: Purchase
Format: Audiobook
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Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: three-half-stars

THE HUNT FOR A SERIAL KILLER 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 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…

Her Darkest Nightmare is book 1 in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. The events recorded in this novel picks up six months after the prequel, Hanover House.
 
The summer romance between Evelyn and Amorak has hit a snag. Evelyn is still struggling with issues of intimacy, which ended in her pushing Amorak away. Then one snowy night things between them changed.  I had the privilege to witness Evelyn being able to trust a man to love and appreciate her.  Meanwhile, a killer is on the loose. Did a resident from Hanover House escape?  Or is it a blast from Evelyn’s past?  One thing for sure whomever it is, the person is smart and meticulous
 
There were parts of the story that moved slowly for my tastes. This was due in part to time spent explaining psychopathic behavior.
Figuring out the killer’s identity proved to be a challenge. There were several possible suspects.
Not all the psychopaths in the story were incarcerated, as Evelyn would discover. The story revealed that crazies often live and work among us.
 
Amarok had his work cut out for him as the only law enforcement officer town.  He had no experience with homicides. The town had not experienced a murder in ten years. Then to make matters worse the FBI did not believe the murders warranted their input.  Furthermore, there was no help from law enforcement in Anchorage.  How is that even possible? Quite strange don’t you think?
 
Evelyn faced many challenges. Aside from the killer taunting her, someone is determined to discredit her work. I admired her tenacity, but her hang-ups regarding Amarok’s age soon became tiresome.  What is the big deal about a seven-year age gap?   
 
Narration
Therese Plummer narrated and once I enjoyed listening to her.  Her depiction of the characters’ voices made for a pleasant listen. The excitement,  the fear and the suspense came through with clarity. 
 
Conclusion/Recommendation
An intense read featuring likeable characters, a sweet romance and a complex mystery.  Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy this installment. I am looking to start the next book, as I am eager to discover what is in store for Evelyn and Amorak.
 
 
Story Evaluation
Plot
three-stars
Narrator (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

About Therese Plummer

Thérèse Plummer is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator working in New York City. She has recorded over 350 audio books for various publishers. She won the 2019 Audie Award for her work on the multicast, Sadie by Courtney Summers for Macmillan Audio, was nominated for the Mutlicast Any Man by Amber Tamblyn for Harper Audio and her solo narration for The Rogue Planets Shaken by Lee W. Brainard for Podium Publishing. The American Library Association (ALA) awarded her work on Sourdough by Robin Sloan as part of the 2018 Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration for Adult Listeners.

Thérèse is the voice of Maya Hansen in the Marvel Graphic Motion Comic Ironman Extremis, Dr. Fennel in Pokemon and for various Yu-Gi-Oh characters. Television Guest Star Roles on The Good Wife, Law and Order SVU and the upcoming series Virgin River for Netflix.

About Brenda Novak

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“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.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.

Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she continues to publish two or three novels a year, in a variety of genres.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. Now that they are empty-nesters, she spends her free time babysitting her two grandchildren.

When she’s not with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising money for diabetes research. To date, she’s raised almost $2.6 million. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking–she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!

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16 responses to “🎧Review: Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak

  1. I got Hanover House when it was a freebie. I was curious about the set up and wanted to try the author’s books. I think her age hangup with be irritating, too, and an excuse if she also has intimacy issues. But, at least the thriller part sounds intense. Thanks, Nadene!

  2. Debbie Haupt

    I listened to book 3 Face Off and really liked it, I’m thinking of going back and read them.

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    This one’s been on my shelf for awhile, Nadene, so I’m happy to see you enjoyed it for the most part. I do love Novak but I read more of her contemporary romance and historical romance than romantic suspense. I’ll give this one a go though! 🙂

  4. I think that I had a lot of the same thoughts when I listened to this one, Nadene. I liked it but I felt like the story got stuck in a few areas and I am didn’t understand why she was so bothered by the 7 year age gap. It felt like they talked about that way too much. I did like the book and have enjoyed the whole series. Great review!