I love this author and this was a new genre for her but equally written as excellent book. I recommend it highly . It keeps your interest from first chapter.
brilliant brain games
I felt that the real story wasn’t told. So much repetition in explaining the story of her work and feelings for her love interest. She left out the story of what really happened and alluded to it vaguely. I wanted to know the way she met this perpetrator as high school sweethearts, how she was with her friends. What led to his actions and what exactly did he do to them in details. How did she get away. She made her character a harlequin romance heroine. Beautiful and stupid boring.
Really just two and a half stars, half decent, writing pretty juvenile. Good premise, but the Perils of Pauline.
Word to the wise: Don't read two thrillers concurrently in which a teenage girl is the sole survivor of a massacre. This was a book I won through Goodreads. (Yay!) I don't read a lot of straight up romance, but this is a romantic thriller. And though from the very beginning I was hesitant, I wound up absolutely loving this book. I need to get my hands on the prequel and the next one in the series! Evelyn Talbot is an interesting character. Having survived being tortured and left for dead by her psychotic high school boyfriend—after he killed all her best friends—she's spent her life dedicated to unraveling the minds of psychopaths as a psychiatrist. Now running Hanover House, a prison in the wilderness of Alaska meant to house the most dangerous psychopaths in America, Evelyn must face her past. In this book, one of Evelyn's dearest friends at Hanover House is murdered, her dismembered head the only thing found. Evelyn is sure it's Jasper, her psychotic ex-boyfriend, toying with her before finishing what he failed to do when she was sixteen. From there, the clues keep piling up. This was a very fun, dark, and twisty ride. There were so many red herrings it was hard to know who the killer really was. And just when you think it's going to end — BAM!! Another twist!! The romance was really good too. Evelyn is emotionally scarred because of Jasper and has never been with a man since. The sexy and fierce state trooper, Amarok (a nickname, which means wolf), is determined to break through her shields though. She doesn't think she's worth the hassle, but he begs to differ. The chemistry between them is awesome. I can't wait to see what happens next for them. I also really loved all the quotes from real psychopaths which preceded each chapter. Those plus the story itself had me looking at every person I know with a "could they be a psychopath?" filter on. I absolutely recommend this to readers who enjoy mysteries and thrillers. This was a real treat and won't be my last Brenda Novak novel.
I am such a big fan of Brenda Novak now!!! Loved this book. Evelyn is such a complex character. I feared for her life more than once in this story! Just a warning about reading it at night alone, I had to stop three nights in a row! LOL I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who adores suspense/thrillers!
God, this book kept me at the edge of my seat. I find myself telling all of my friends about it. I definitely cannot wait until the next one!
I could not put this book down! Now when does the next one come out?!!