Hanover House: Kickoff to the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Brenda Novak

Hanover House: Kickoff to the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Brenda Novak

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by Brenda Novak
Welcome to Hanover House....

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial 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


Welcome to Hanover House....

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial 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...

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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak is the author of fifty books. A four-time Rita nominee, she has won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Daphne, and the Holt Medallion. She also runs Brenda Novak for the Cure, a charity to raise money for diabetes research (her youngest son has this disease). To date, she’s raised $2.5 million. For more about Brenda, please visit www.brendanovak.com.

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Hanover House: Kickoff to the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Brenda Novak 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is well done only disappointment is paying 3.99 for 165 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done but extremely short. Last 30 pages were excerpts of upcoming books aka advertisements. Only 168 total pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading and a fine prequel ......talk about creating interest ! Well written and the characters realky "jump" to life. Suspense and intellect melt into a powerful tale of strength and redemption. The follow up release is HIGHLY ANTICIPATED !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well Mrs. Novak did it agpain, she held me in suspense during the entire book! I can't wait for the next one! Keep up the great work
Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved the story. Will read more by this author.
Crystal61 7 days ago
This is the a prequel and does not truly end. This story allows us to get to know Miranda. She is set on learning why serial killers do what they do. She has survived a terrible event but has not forgotten it. She does not let men get near to her in a personal way until she visits Alaska where the new facility she has asked for is being built. Here, she meet Sergeant Amarok, and heat begins to rise. Her past catches up to her, but Miranda is not detered. I look forward to reading the next book. I recommend this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 21 days ago
Well written with an interesting plot and subject matter.
MaryJoMI 30 days ago
Hauntingly beautiful. Evelyn is working to build Hanover House so she can focus her studies on psychopaths, a direction she never anticipated in her life until she was traumatized at the age of 16, sending her down a path to find ways to help others. We get to meet the community and see the struggles Evelyn fights every day as she battles the demons from her past to find a way forward. Amarok doesn’t like that Hanover House is coming to the community but he is blown away by the strength and commitment of Evelyn. Can he convince her to purse a relationship with him? Or will Evelyn keep her walls firmly in place? A great beginning to this suspenseful series.
LynnB888 3 months ago
4 1/2 STARS! I'm hooked! This prequel to the new series by Brenda Novak takes us into the world of Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot to learn why she has been fighting so hard to make her dream of Hanover House a reality. I can't wait to delve further into the series and see what comes of Evelyn & Amarok! Evelyn Talbot was kidnapped, tortured and left for dead by her high school boyfriend when she was just a teenager. She has spent her lifetime studying the mind of a psychopath to learn what makes them tick. To study why they feel no empathy. To study whether there could ever be a warning sign. She is thrilled to have finally gotten the government funding she needs to build Hanover House in Hilltop, Alaska where she will have a large number of the world's worst psychopaths moved into this high security medical health center. People in Hilltop are not thrilled that this new facility will be moving in ... especially Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok. He's worried about having such dangerous people in his town, but he can't help but like Evelyn and feel sorry for what she's been through at the same time!
Meemo_B 3 months ago
Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review. This novella was a decent start to a new series. The characters are interesting, and there's the beginnings of a romantic storyline to go along with the promised thriller aspect. The idea of a psychiatrist (who is herself the survivor of a near-deadly attack by a psychopath) setting up a psychiatric prison to study psychopaths is an interesting one, and sets up an interesting dynamic for future books in the series. It's only a novella, so it definitely felt like what it is - a set-up. But it has potential, and I look forward to seeing where Brenda Novak goes with this series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is definitely a prequel and not a stand alone book. It could have been a good story, but it was too predictable, there was little real mystery involved, and the ending left everything unresolved. I also didn't like the way the author constantly dwelled on the main characters psychological problems from a previous trauma. It also seemed completely unrealistic and contradictory, given how deep her problems were, the way her relationship with the state trooper developed. I found this fairly boring, am glad I didn't pay anything for it, and don't intend to read anymore in this series. JB
Anonymous 6 months ago
I kept me on the edge of my seat because we didnt know when she was going to be kidnapped again but knew it was going to happen. It was such a fantastic story.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love every book I've read by Brenda Novak, but just found the subject matter too disturbing and don't think I will continue with the series.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Too predictable and sappy
Jessicasbookobsession 7 months ago
OMG!! Wow. I am straight trippin right now. OMG OMG OMG *Deep Breath* Okay so Hanover House is the Prequel novella for the Hanover House Chronicles and OMG it blew me away. Brenda Novak did such a good job on this book that I know I am now hooked on this series and I hate waiting for each book to come out. Cuzz you know, patience and me we don't hang. (kinda like me and proper grammar) There was so much packed into this novella. The plot was so good. I was drawn into it instantly. I loved Evelyn and Amarok both. They both are very realistic and lovable characters. I could totally understand where Evelyn was coming from. I could feel her pain, fear, and her determination to not let it stop her from living and making a difference in the world through her work. Amarok was sweet and sexy. He didn't push Evelyn, but let her go at her own pace. He gave her understanding and support. Their relationship in this book is a sweet, slow burn and I believe just getting started. The psychopaths in this book are creepy . Especially Jasper! OMG Jasper the super skin crawling crazy evil bad guy. I was on edge the whole book. I couldn't read it fast enough. It was so good I couldn't even stop to cook dinner or worry about things like feeding people. I had to know what happened next(thank God I have a sweet husband who loves me and knows how to cook)instead I powered straight through. Now I have to wait until September 2016 for the next book Whiteout. WHY?????? Why do you make me wait? That is so wrong!!! *ARC Kindly Provided By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review* Check out my blog for my full review on this book at http://jessicasoverthetopbookobsession.blogspot.com/2015/09/hanover-house.html
CozyFan2014 8 months ago
This is more like a romance novel. I was expecting more of a thriller about someone who works with psychopaths, but what I got was basically a romance novel with some episodes of danger. ***This book contains sexually-suggestive scenes and sexual language*** I wasn't offended by this book as just disappointed that so much of it was about this psychiatrist who supposedly is so traumatized that she can't deal romantically with men. Yet, when she meets the stereotypically "hunky" cop and has a few drinks, all that goes out the window. As someone who has actually had traumatized women as clients, I can tell you this is NOT how someone behaves (I am a therapist). And it was distracting - page after page of these 2 people discussing sexuality, her issues, and so on..and the obligatory semi-sexual scenes and so on. It's formulaic, and I am really beginning to dread reading anything with a heroine in it - even if it's not advertised as a "cozy" (which this book definitely is). The protagonist reveals nothing new or interesting about psychopaths; and, while I didn't expect a textbook, I did expect the author to display some kind of understanding of psychopathy and/or the therapeutic process. She does neither. Ok, so how about at least the "thriller" angle? Again, there is very little of that, and the ending is not satisfactory at all. The plot is too pat, too predictable, and the sudden ending is jarring. If you want a romance novel, this is the book for you. If you want a decent thriller about psychopaths, look elsewhere.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Cliffhanger I really like Brenda Novak but I won't be getting any of this series. I like murder mysteries but I am sorry but this was boring and I couldn't wait to finish it
Anonymous 11 months ago
I was so disappointed when this came to an end. I can't wait until the next book comes out. Such a fantastic on the edge of your seat story. I couldn't put it down once I started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sugar0 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy for an honest review. This is the first book in the Hanover House Chronicles, and it was so good that I was disappointed when it came to the end. Evelyn Talbot had become a strong person in some aspects of her life, and had moved on from a past that would be classed as your worst nightmare. Because of the past she now works with the most deadliest individuals that are behind bars, and her search to how the mind of a serial killer works has taken her to Alaska--her project "Hanover House". State Trooper Amarok doesn't want Hanover House there, close to 'his' town, and he makes no bones about it. He's certainly a sexy distraction for Evelyn something that she finds difficult to accept. I'm impatient to see where the story takes us, not only "Evelyn & Amarok", but I'm curious about the prisoners. What's going on at Hanover House? The author gave us teasers as to what to expect and I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. There is suspense, romance, and a damn good story in this prequel to the series. 5 stars.
vs_valerie More than 1 year ago
I’ve been wanting to try one of Brenda Novak’s works for a while now and thanks to Netgalley, I was finally able to. That said, this is obviously my first Brenda Novak novel. At fist I thought it’s some sort of a horror/paranormal spiel because the cover give off that spooky feel. But once I started reading and had an idea of what it was about, I’d say the cover made an absolute sense and portrayed the story really well.. It doesn’t always happen, so kudos to whoever made the cover. The story was fascinating enough that I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. The characters feel so real and though their experiences were totally different from I am, you could feel their fears, frustrations and hard work as though they are some person you know personally. I’m really curious as to how everything will work for Evelyn. Will she and Amarok make it? Will the conflict will ever be resolved? How so? And the bonus chapter even had me more curious. I want to know now how Hugo will play in all of this. Hanover House is one interesting and unique story I wish I could read the next one right now. Brenda Novak did a great job on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good, but it isn't one I would rave about by any means. I was disappointed by the predictable ending.
laKa0711 More than 1 year ago
his book was great. I am beyond excited for the series. A group of psychopaths secluded in a remote Alaskan town to be studied by a small group of psychiartrists, one having a crazy background dealing personally with a psychopath who was never caught. Mystery, suspense, sexy cop, and crazies. Hellll-O! This prequel was a great way to set up the series. A lot of information is given into Talbot's story both currently and from her past and sets up a couple different story leads that are going to be vital to the first book. While the first book in the series will be able to be read without reading this prequel, I think it definitely would be beneficial to read this first. Having a clear idea where Talbot is coming from and how things started with Hanover House, Amarok, and the psychopaths will make more sense when reading Whiteout. Granted I haven't read that yet since it's not released until September, so I could be wrong. But I feel I will have a better understanding by having read this first. I. Can't. Wait. Check out this prequel. It's a real quick, short read! Check out my full review at http://readinglikeafool.blogspot.com
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
Hanover House is a prequel introducing The Hanover Chronicles. There is background on Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot in the telling of her reasons for thinking as she does with dealing with the worst psychopaths in the prison system. In describing Evelyn's near fatal attack 20 years previous, she feels the need to try to understand why and what makes a psychopath. With her attacker still at large after years and still stalking her, Alaskan State Trooper Sgt. Amarok attracted to her, and her new life in Alaska where Hanover House was built, you can expect suspense, drama and sparks. I have read many Brenda Novak books, and can't wait to read the next book in the series to be released later in 2016. I received a complimentary gift of Hanover House by NetGalley and have provided my honest review.
ReadsWithGranddaughters More than 1 year ago
This prequel to Her Darkest Nightmare is a novella that I recommend you read in one day. It is psychologically as well as literally frightening. I started reading it but had to switch to other books and go back to it. I ended up starting over and read the whole thing in one day. Evelyn's career as a psychiatrist was as a result of having been kidnapped by her high school boyfriend, Jasper, and was brutally abused and left for dead before her escape. He is still missing after 20 years. Evelyn became fascinated by the minds of serial killers and initiates a program in Hilltop, Alaska, population 500, where a facility is being built for the study of psychopathic murderers. Well researched, this prequel grabs you on page one and doesn't let go until the end. I can't wait until Her Darkest Nightmare is published in September 2016.