From the New York Times bestseller Brenda Novak comes the next installment of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths in Hello Again.
SHE CAN MAKE SENSE OF A COMPLEX CRIMINAL MIND.
Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered—or he is wrongly convicted.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CRIMINAL CAN SEE INTO HER OWN?
When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal connection to the victim and that suggests the killer may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her friends—and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not be able to escape again . . .
About the Author
BRENDA NOVAK and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children-three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research. Brenda's novels have made The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.
Brenda is the author of the Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels, including Hello Again and Her Darkest Nightmare.
BRENDA NOVAK and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research, a cause for which she's raised $2.6 million so far. Her novels have made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and won many awards, including eight Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.
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We are all evil in some form or another.
The Night Stalker made that statement. Although Dr. Evelyn Talbot had never interviewed Richard Ramirez personally, like she had so many other serial killers, and the opportunity was now lost to her since Ramirez died of cancer in 2013, she'd watched video footage of the interviews he'd done with others. In her opinion, he'd been pandering for the camera when he tossed out that little nugget, had been hoping to sound profound, far deeper than he actually was.
She ran into that a lot. So many of the psychopaths she studied pretended to be more than they were. Most weren't smart enough to pull off the charade. Even those who'd gone years before being caught and punished for their crimes hadn't done so because of any great intelligence. Often it was sheer luck, basic survival instinct or a lack of solid police work that got in the way. Or they looked completely benign — like Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy.
But the newly convicted Lyman Bishop, the inmate she'd just met with ... She found him to be far more unnerving than any of her other patients. He was brilliant and so calculating — she grimaced at the pictures in his file, which lay open at her elbow — not to mention absolutely unflinching in his brutality. They called him the Zombie Maker, and for good reason.
Taking off her glasses, which she used now and then to avoid eyestrain, she leaned her head on the back of her chair and stared up at the ceiling of her office. It wasn't quite lunch and yet she felt like she'd put in a whole day. She'd been up late last night, preparing for her interview with Lyman Bishop. She had to stay one step ahead of him where and when she could, or she'd earn his contempt instead of his respect. If that happened, she might as well have him transferred somewhere else, because he'd do her no good at Hanover House. If she couldn't develop some type of rapport, she'd never learn who he really was.
He'd merely toy with her. He'd probably try to do that, anyway.
With a sigh, she put her glasses back on and continued typing up her thoughts and impressions. Although she typically welcomed every inmate who was transferred to Hanover House upon his arrival, yesterday she'd been in Anchorage with Amarok, her boyfriend and Hilltop's only police presence, visiting his father, who was ill. Lyman Bishop had spent his first night, Sunday night, at Hanover House before she could meet him. And whether this would be good or bad in the overall scheme of things she couldn't say, but he was everything she'd expected him to be.
When I tell a new acquaintance what I do for a living, I hear the name Hannibal Lecter far more than I do B.T.K. or John Wayne Gacy or that of any psychopath who ever really lived, she wrote. Everyone seems to associate "psychopath" with Silence of the Lambs. I've always eschewed that fictional representation. The men who commit murderfor the sake of enjoyment are typically much more mundane. Even though I've met many dangerous men over the years, men who have committed stomach-turning atrocities, none has ever reminded me of Thomas Harris's character. Until Lyman. He's the only killer intelligent enough to elicit the association.
She paused to remove her high school Homecoming picture from her top drawer. Jasper Moore, her first boyfriend, smiled back at her from twenty-one years ago. Young. Handsome. Seemingly guileless. So unlikely a killer. By looking at him, no one would believe that a short time later he'd murdered her three best friends and tortured her for days before slitting her throat and leaving her for dead. He'd been seventeen, she sixteen. That she'd survived was nothing short of a miracle. She'd been alive to name her attacker and to say what he'd done to her, and yet he'd slipped away, had never been apprehended in the two decades since, despite all her efforts with private detectives and the full focus of police.
She had her theories about how he'd managed such a feat; his wealthy parents must've gotten him out of the country right away. But with or without help, he was the only other psychopath she'd ever met whom she would categorize as being as smart as Lyman Bishop. Which was what made Lyman so intriguing and frightening to her. After hundreds of disappointments — like Anthony Garza, who'd exhibited similar behavior even if he wasn't quite as intelligent — having the opportunity to examine a mind so similar to Jasper's was thrilling.
At the same time, as Victor Hugo once said, Nothing is so terrifying as this monologue of the storm.
Was there a new storm on the horizon that had nothing to do with the massive cold fronts that routinely socked Alaska this time of year? When she'd met with Lyman, she'd gotten the bone-chilling sensation that he would change her life in some way....
He made me feel there is nothing I can do to stop him and others like him, which plays into my worst fear, she added to her notes. That what I've been through will be for naught. That what I'm doing, sacrificing Boston and the association of the family and friends I have there to live in this frozen wilderness, will, in the end, mean nothing.
The intercom on her desk buzzed, startling her, she was so deep in thought. With a glance at the clock, she pressed the button that would allow her to communicate with her receptionist, four-foot-nine Penny Singh. "Yes?"
"Jennifer Hall is here."
Right on time. "Send her in."
Sliding away from her computer, Evelyn stood in anticipation of greeting her guest. These days, she didn't visit with many victims or their families, not since she'd opened Hanover House a year ago. Working in the small, remote town of Hilltop, an hour outside of Anchorage, made her less accessible. And now that she'd accomplished her goal of establishing the institution, where she and a team of five forensic psychologists plus one neurologist could study the "conscienceless" in great depth, she didn't have to appear on television quite so often, was no longer constantly in the public eye, lobbying for the necessary funding. She'd dedicated her life to unraveling the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. Now that she was free to pursue that goal as she had envisioned, she was consumed by her work and rarely let anything else interrupt. But when Jennifer Hall, the sister of Jan Hall, one of Lyman Bishop's victims, contacted her several weeks ago just before Christmas, Evelyn didn't have the heart to refuse to see her. Having been a victim herself, she couldn't help identifying with the suffering of others. She wanted to offer what peace and support she could, even if that didn't amount to as much as she wished.
"Dr. Talbot, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with me," Jennifer said the moment she entered the room.
Only twenty-five, with long dark hair and wide brown eyes, Jennifer was attractive, but Evelyn barely glanced at her face. Almost instantly her gaze fell to the other woman's swollen belly as if dragged there by magnetic pull. That Jennifer was expecting had nothing to do with their meeting, which was, no doubt, why she hadn't mentioned it, but Evelyn was transfixed. She'd been thinking about babies a lot lately. Amarok had mentioned marriage for the first time a month ago. She'd pretended not to hear him when he made the comment — something about getting her a ring if she'd ever agree to marry him — and he hadn't brought it up since, but she'd been contemplating whether she could make that commitment. To him. To anyone. She was thirty-seven. If she was going to have a family, she needed to do so fairly soon. She'd just never imagined such a traditional future for herself. Not with Jasper still on the loose. The most heartbreaking thing she could imagine would be for him to come after one of her children....
"No problem," she said. "I can't believe you were willing to make the trip."
"Jan was more than my sister. She was my identical twin."
Fortunately, Lyman's file contained no postmortem photographs of this particular victim so Evelyn didn't have a terrible image of a murdered Jan Hall pop into her head. He'd been convicted on circumstantial evidence alone. He'd been in the area and didn't have an alibi. He'd kidnapped and murdered other girls who looked similar. And Jan's underwear had been found in his house with his other "trophies."
"I understand," Evelyn said. "And I'm sorry. I can only guess at how painful it must be for you to ... to carry on without her."
Jennifer blinked rapidly. "Sometimes I wake up at night and I'm positive she's alive, you know? It's like I can feel her, feel that tight connection. Then morning comes and ..."
With it, reality. Evelyn knew all too well how that went. Despite the passage of so many years, she still had dreams of talking and laughing with her best friends from high school, all three of whom were gone, thanks to Jasper. "And you lose her all over again."
"Yes," Jennifer said quietly.
Evelyn gestured toward the proof of her pregnancy. "When are you due?"
"I have only a month left."
"And your doctor let you travel so far from Minneapolis?" "I didn't consult him. I had to meet you, and I knew it would be easier before the baby than after." Her attention briefly shifted to the window, which showed another cold and dreary day. "I couldn't imagine bringing something as pure and innocent as a newborn into this place, where there're so many evil men, even if they are behind bars."
Evil. Once again, Evelyn was reminded of Richard Ramirez's words and the question that drove her: What made some people more evil than others? And why did those people enjoy inflicting pain on the innocent? "I hope I can help in some way. Please, sit down."
As Jennifer levered herself into the chair across the desk, Evelyn perched on the edge of her own seat and smiled to ease the younger woman's anxiety. "What can I do for you?"
Propping her purse on what little remained of her lap, Jennifer leaned forward. "I need to know where my sister's body is. I need to reclaim it, to give Jan a proper burial. Then maybe I'll get to feel she's in a good place, at peace. And I'll have somewhere I can go to grieve and say good-bye. I need to create an ending for this terrible chapter in my life."
Evelyn clasped her hands in front of her. She hated to disappoint her earnest visitor, but if Lyman Bishop hadn't provided this information to date, chances were good he had a reason — if only to continue to torment those he could. The police would've asked him, would've made every effort, including offering to let him serve his time somewhere other than Hanover House. Most inmates weren't excited to be sent to such a cold and foreign place, so far from friends and loved ones. "Dr. Lyman is ... difficult to deal with."
"Difficult?" Her bitter laugh sounded slightly hysterical.
"An understatement, for sure," Evelyn agreed, but she hadn't been referring to his behavior as she knew it. So far, he hadn't acted badly in front of her. She'd been referring to his complexity and how hard he was to read.
"He wouldn't tell the police anything. The day they captured him, he asked for a lawyer and said nothing more. Wouldn't speak to the media. Wouldn't testify in his own defense." Jennifer grew earnest again — or maybe "determined" would be a better word. "But there must be something that can be used to ... to entice him. Something he wants."
"From what I've heard, having money can make an inmate's stay much more pleasant, and he's used to the finer things of life. He's some kind of foodie, from what I've heard. I don't have a lot, but I'm willing to give anything I've got."
"He just arrived here at Hanover House. Those luxuries will become more important as he grows weary of doing without them. Until then, I doubt he'll be sufficiently motivated."
"You're saying ... we should wait?"
"I think that would be smart. Give me time to get to know him, to figure out what makes him tick — as much as that might be possible. Once he and I fall into a routine, maybe I'll be able to determine what, if anything, will give us the best chance." If she could find a chink in his armor, she'd exploit it. But she wasn't confident she'd be able to get additional information out of him. Gaining any leverage on someone who was incarcerated for life and had nothing to lose wasn't easy.
With a wince, Jennifer closed her eyes. "It's been two years since she went missing," she said when she opened them again. "I'm glad her murderer has been caught and that he's in prison. I know I'm luckier than most, that there are those who never get justice. You–you're one of them, and I'm sorry for that. But I have to ... I have to be able to put her to rest. For my own peace of mind."
Evelyn closed Lyman's file, in case Jennifer happened to realize whose it was. This distraught young woman didn't need to see the photographs it contained — although she'd probably seen some of them at his trial. "Trust me. I'd love to be able to help. But dealing with a man like Lyman Bishop is a bit of a chess game. If he figures out how badly we crave the information, he'll be sure to withhold it. He might even taunt us with the fact that he has something we want but can't get."
"Why?" Jennifer cried. "What pleasure could he possibly get from keeping the location of Jan's remains a secret?"
"It's not pleasure so much as power," Evelyn explained.
"So you can't reason with him? Can't bargain with him?"
Evelyn scrambled to come up with something that might ease Jennifer's mind without promising more than she could deliver. "I can try, but it would be a mistake to offer him incentives or concessions right off the bat. He'll surmise the level of our desperation, and then we may never get what we want."
Dropping her head, she pinched the bridge of her nose.
"Jennifer, what is it?" Evelyn asked, trying to catch her eye.
She looked up. "What do you mean? I just told you."
"We could've discussed this over the phone. What made you come all the way to Alaska at eight months pregnant?" Tears welled up, but she set her chin and wiped them away. "My mother's been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer."
More tragedy ... "I'm sorry to hear that."
"So am I. My father died of a heart attack when I was fifteen. Then Jan fell into the hands of that ... that monster you have here. And now this. My entire family will soon be gone."
"You'll have your baby," Evelyn said, hoping to encourage her.
Her hand covered her extended abdomen. "I may not keep her. I haven't decided. She'd probably be better off with someone else. I don't have a lot to offer."
"It's a girl?"
"According to the ultrasound."
"And the father? He isn't in the picture?"
"No. He got his ex pregnant about the same time I found out I was expecting and went back to her." Fresh tears caught in her eyelashes, a few even slid down her cheeks, but she stubbornly dashed them away.
"That must be heartbreaking."
"I'll deal with it. Somehow. I just ... I can't stand the thought of my mother dying before we can get Jan home and buried. We should be able to share that moment, to have the chance for all three of us to be together one last time. It's her dying wish."
Evelyn would love to help fulfill that wish. But they were talking about Lyman Bishop, someone she already knew she'd have to handle very carefully. "How much time does your mother have left?"
"The doctors have given her three months."
Which was an estimate, of course. She could die sooner as easily as later. "I'll do the best I can, look for any angle, every opportunity. I promise. Just ... give me a couple of weeks."
"A couple of weeks? With only a sentence or two from him this could all be over. In seconds!" "And yet most of these guys carry that sort of information to their graves." Evelyn stood so that she could hold out the box of tissues she kept on her desk.
"What if I were to talk to him?" Jennifer asked. "What if ... what if I were to make a personal appeal? Would that make any difference?"
"I doubt it. You have to understand what most psychopaths are like. They do what they do because they are the only ones who matter to them. If they want something, they take it, even if it means lying, stealing or manipulating anyone and everyone around them. If inflicting pain gives them pleasure, they see no reason they shouldn't have the gratification. Unless they choose to, they feel no empathy."
Jennifer dabbed at her eyes, smearing her mascara in the process. "What about his sister?"
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I love this series and anxiously await the next book. It's a taut psychological thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I live the setting, the characters, and the story line.
This is the first Brenda Novak novel I have read. I couldn't put it down. From beginning to end I was a page turner. I`m looking forward to reading her newest book. Enjoy everyone!
Fantastic read. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.
Great series, already having withdrawals that it's over and now I have to wait for the next installment!
Beginning to end- nonstop chills and thrills! Brenda Novak is a master storyteller! This, the third of the series, Hello Again, was an absolute thrill ride all the way through! I can't wait to read more! Bravo, Brenda Novak!
This is the 3rd book in this series and they just keep getting better. I so hated for it to end especially with so much suspense building. Going to be a long wait for number four.
Make sure you read the first in the series before purchasing this :)
Just wow! Hello Again is the next entry in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. It grabbed me from the first paragraph, the tension rising through the entire story. This is not my typical read, but despite the erieness and the goose bumps, I couldn't put it down. Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot was abducted, tortured and left for dead as a teen. Evelyn survived and now she studied the psycothapy of serial killers. Her abductor got away. In the back of her mind is always the thought he may return to finish what he started. But those thoughts are pushed to the background with the arrival of the newst inmate Dr. Lymon Bishop. Evelyn can't figure him out. He is unlike any of the other subjects she has studied. She can't shake a kernel of doubt that he is innocent as he claims. And so the tension builds. This is not a stand alone story but it's well worth investing the time to read the prior stories before losing yourself in this gripping read.
Highly recommended. Well written. Scary but so good. Couldn't stop reading it.....!!!!!!!!!
Brenda Novak does it again. This is my fourth read of this series. Can't get enough!
I love this series cant put it down
I had a really good time with this book. I actually liked this book a lot more than the previous installment and am really glad that I decided to continue with the series. I thought that this book was very exciting and found myself wanting to keep reading for hours at a time just to find out how things would work out. This is the second full length book in the Evelyn Talbot series and I do recommend reading this series in order since some parts of the story build on events from previous books. Evelyn is continuing her work at Hanover House and has a new psychopath to work with, Lyman Bishop or the Zombie Maker. Lyman is incredibly intelligent and somewhat challenging. Of course, there are other things going on around Evelyn as well so things are always interesting. I really liked the complexity of the mystery in this book. I wasn't quite sure what I should think about certain events until something else that was connected occurred and everything fell into place. The way things were laid out really kept my interest level high. I thought that the fact that there were several interconnected threads also kept things rather exciting and there were quite a few surprises worked into the story. The relationship between Evelyn and Amarok does have a few developments but I thought that the story was much more balanced with the romantic aspect adding to the story and character development. I thought that Therese Plummer did a great job with this book. I really enjoyed the pacing of her reading and she has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. She was able to handle a fairly large cast of characters very well with distinct voices for each of the key players. I thought the she added a lot of emotion to the story and made some of the intense scenes even more exciting. I would recommend this book to others. The series is really exciting and filled with wonderful characters. I can't wait to read more of this series so I can find out what is next for Evelyn Talbot. I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the book from Audible.
Evelyn Talbot Chronicles Book Two. Evelyn has a new inmate to contend with now that Anthony Garza and Hugo Evanski have been dealt with. She is in the frustrating position of not being completely sure of Lyman Bishop's guilt. As the survivor of a violent attack in her teen years, Evelyn isn't sure that her judgement is completely on par. Has she taken the stance that all convicts are truly guilty, or is Lyman just a very convincing liar? With new killings taking place in her hometown, Evelyn is also convinced that Jasper is back to his old tricks. I cannot wait to see where Evelyn's story takes us next!
If you like dark suspense, then this is the book for you. I have liked this series from the beginning. Evelyn has gone through so much since she was 16. Just when she is starting to feel more comfortable with her life, everything changes again. Her job keeps her around very dark and dangerous people and keeps her in constant danger. She is willing to deal with the danger in order to save someone else down the road. She has to understand why these people do what they do. Amarok is right there by her side. She is learning that she can trust him, but will she be able to make the kind of commitment that he wants?
While Evelyn’s live-in boyfriend (who also happens to be the town’s only cop/sheriff) Amarok is investigating some leads on her old boyfriend (and serial killer) Jasper, Evelyn has her hands full with the newest inmate at Hanover House: Dr. Lyman Bishop. He continues to insist he is innocent and he doesn’t meet the criteria of psychopath as closely as Evelyn would like. As she spends time with him, she begins to question if he’s a psychopath and whether or not he might, in fact, be innocent as he claims. Then an old high school acquaintance gets murdered in the same fashion as those Dr. Bishop is accused of… Meanwhile, Jasper is intent on his plans to finish Evelyn off once and for all, and it all seems to be going to plan when Amarok’s investigations bring him closer than Jasper is comfortable with. Without thinking, Jasper reacts and puts his plans at risk. And to make things even more interesting, while Amarok and Evelyn are getting closer and trying to get on the same page about what the future holds for them, his old girlfriend moves back into town and starts stirring things up. Is Dr. Bishop innocent or just the smartest psychopath she’s ever encountered? Will Jasper’s plans play out as he hopes or has Amarok’s snooping damaged them irreparably? And who is killing Evelyn’s high school friends back in Boston? That’s it. Hello Again makes this one of my new favorite series. I mean, I really liked the first in the series, Her Darkest Nightmare, enough that I was excited and eager when this became available, but if I’d known it was going to be this good, I would have set aside whatever else I was reading as soon as I got my hands on it. Seriously. The first in the series had a few flaws that made it more a 3.5, but the first 2/3rds was so great, I could see how much potential there was in the long run. In Hello Again, everything is better: the romantic relationship, the plotting, the intensity and pace. I was questioning more, less sure of my gut. I found myself much more invested in her relationship with Amarok. And there is so much fodder for the next book (or three!). So. Much. I can’t wait! Honestly, it’s going on my Most Anticipated list for 2018. How’s that for a recommendation? Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Excellent book. If you like a thriller with suspense, this is for you!! I can't wait for the next one in the series!!
I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. Another amazing novel in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles! This novel takes place a year or so after the first novel ends and does reference things in the first novel, so must read that one first. I absolutely loved this one too and I cannot wait for the story to continue!! Dr. Evelyn Talbot has now established Hanover House in Alaska and has slowly begun to move past her trauma from 20 years ago. Even with the incident a mere 18 months before where she believes serial killer and torturer ex-boyfriend from high school Jasper may have found her and reappeared in her life. Evelyn has opened her heart to a new and wonderful man and is beginning to feel like she may actually begin to have somewhat of a normal life, well, to a point. Hanover House has received it's newest psychopath/serial killer who swears that he is innocent and will not help in anyway except to continue to say he did nothing. Evelyn has mixed feelings about this new addition, could he be telling the truth? Was he really set up? Evelyn needs to find out the truth because more lives could be in danger.
Just going to write down my feelings right now concerning this book. WOW, wow and, umm, WOW! What a cliffhanger!! (Written right after reading the book) This is the second book in this series and as soon as I saw it offered, I requested it. A psychiatrist, Evelyn Talbot, that analyzes serial killers has built a prison in the wilderness of Alaska. So not only in the middle of nowhere, you also have the winters to deal with. Kidnapped, tortured and almost killed by her high school/college boyfriend, Jasper Moore, she is determined to find out what makes serial killers tick. In this book, the ex-boyfriend is still on the loose years later. Her attempts to find him have not been very successful. Unfortunately, Jasper is still trying to finish what he started years ago and is hellbent that it will happen. We also have the elusive serial killer, Lyman Bishop, who is incarcerated in Evelyn's prison who she is studying. Another ice pick murder (something Lyman is famous for - trying to lobotomize women so that they will be his slave) done while Lyman is in prison, sets him free. Evelyn tries everything she can to keep it from happening. She is torn on Lyman's innocence until she discovers and talks with his sister. This was a great story and great series. Of course, with it being Brenda Novak, there is some love scenes included. Its funny when I started reading Brenda Novak, her Last Stand series, there were no romance scenes in her thrillers. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Riveting, dark, and spine-chillingly eerie! In this second book in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, we head back to Alaska and the isolated Hanover House where some of the most depraved serial killers are housed and studied, and danger seems to be lurking inside and out. The writing is seamless and taut. The characterization is spot on with some of the usual gang back including the hardworking, determined Evelyn and the patient, sexy Amarok. And the skillfully-crafted, well-paced plot keeps you on the edge of your seat with twists, turns, violence, murder and a cliffhanger ending that will undoubtedly leave you eager for more. Hello Again is a clever, gritty and incredibly captivating tale that not only has all the elements you look for in a romantic suspense novel but proves Novak is still one of the best in the genre.
Hello Again was so wonderfully creepy, that I highly recommend only reading it during daylight hours. I love how Evelyn's mind works, and how Novak's writing gets us into the criminals' minds as well. It makes the book not just interesting, but fascinating as well. There were surprises around every turn, and I think nearly every page had my nerves on edge. It was like watching a scary movie, where you are yelling at the screen, but I was yelling at the pages. The ending left me speechless, and I can't wait to see what is coming next. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
Psychologist Evelyn Talbot continues her study of some of the most dangerous serial killers in the country at her special facility located near Anchorage, Alaska. Her newest inmate is Lyman Bishop, aka the Zombie Maker, whose weapon of choice is an ice pick, which he uses to crudely perform lobotomies on his female victims. Meanwhile, Jasper Moore, the man who brutally attacked Evelyn as a teen, is plotting his next move that will bring him closer to her. Admittedly, this is a creepy series given what Evelyn does but this story really disturbed me, so much so it took me longer to finish because I was terrified as to what I’d find next when I turned the page. Getting Jasper’s point of view iced the cake as this guy is charming and clever (think Ted Bundy). Lyman was also one sick fellow, masterful in controlling his emotions so he appeared harmless. What made this so terrifying is we know what’s coming unbeknownst to Evelyn. Despite my trepidation, this was just the kind of brew I like in my thrillers. Thank goodness there’s a little bit of romance to provide some respite between the suspense. I very much enjoyed this one, even if it scared me silly. I could hardly make it through to the breathtaking climax and I even did something I never do...peeked a little at the epilogue. I know, I know...shame on me but I couldn’t stand it any longer. Fair warning, there’s a bit of a cliff hanger of sorts, only to set up what the next book will portend. I can hardly wait. Well done, Ms. Novak. (I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Danger, Danger Everywhere... Wow this book had me glued to my seat!!! The characters and the book's storyline were so interesting! Creepily good! Suspense done well! I loved trying to figure things out as the book moved along... I was truly drawn into this tale and can not wait to see what comes next for Evelyn! Great read! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
Suspense at its Best! Once again Brenda Novak takes us to Hanover House where Dr Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist, studies serial killers. This time she is studying Dr Lyman Bishop to determine if he is a psychopath or is innocent. Terrorized by her ex-boyfriend Jason Moore for over two decades, Evelyn is always on guard for his reappearance. Toss in some romance with Amorak and Ms Novak has provided an intriguing story from beginning to end.
One of the best from this author! “Hello Again” is the 2nd full-length novel in “The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles” featuring Dr. Eve Talbot and hunky Alaskan Trooper Sergeant Benjamin “Amarok” Murphy. Eve has regrouped from the previous novel where she was dealing with opening the program at the new maximum security research prison for psychopaths in Hilltop, Alaska. Along with the pressure of opening this facility in climate-challenging location where the local residents had not been enthusiastic, to say the least, she had also had to juggle the desires and egos of a high maintenance and difficult staff, the attentions of a stalker, and the murders of some of her coworkers. Just recalling all that had occurred up to this time, I was wondering what could possibly top that? “Hello Again” delivered! This book is full of twists and suspenseful action throughout as well as the steadily growing romance between the two main characters. Being set in a prison specifically for psychopaths gives the story an immediate creepy factor. Every character behind those bars has the potential for a story of terror. This story features a lot from the viewpoint of Eve’s personal, UNincarcerated psychopath though: Jasper Moore. He’s getting closer … I particularly liked how the relationship between Eve and the awesome Amarok progresses. She was such a damaged soul, and she’s concerned about being more than a few years older than him. He has turned out to be so much more patient, caring, and understanding than the usual romance novel hero – without feeling unrealistic, too. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book (and this series) to romance and romantic suspense readers. It is great, and I can’t wait for the next is the series. I received a free, advance copy of this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased review.
4 1/2 STARS! A delectably chilling addition to the Evelyn Talbot series! This is a series that in my opinion should be read in order from the beginning so that you will be able to follow along and get all of the history and inflection of what has happened previously. We are familiar with the majority of the characters at this point, but there are always new deranged killers showing up at the prison. The plot is easy to get entrenched into, because we are just waiting for her to be in danger again. We definitely saw some of that in this book, but I was looking for a little more actual Jasper interaction. Hopefully the next book will give us a satisfactory conclusion to his terror once and for all ... and I'm still crossing my fingers on that happily ever after for Evelyn & Amarok! Forever reeling from her traumatizing teenage experiences, psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot worked hard to get Hanover House prison established in Hilltop, Alaska. She studies some of the most deranged serial killers ever to have been imprisoned and hopes to one day have some conclusive research to combat the devious mind of a killer. When her latest high profile prisoner arrives, tension is high. Dr. Lyman Bishop AKA the Zombie Maker has been reeking havoc performing ice-pick lobotomies. Upon beginning sessions with him, she deduces that he's a very credible liar ... or is it possible he actually is innocent like he claims? When a new murder occurs with the same MO, it's obvious it couldn't be Bishop ... but when the news gets out that it's an old classmate of Evelyn's, everyone wonders if it's Jasper coming back to taunt her once again!