Book Review

The Hanover House by Brenda Novak | ARC Review

Title: Hanover House

Author: Brenda Novak

How did I get it? I received a review copy via NetGalley from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review

What’s it about?

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… – Goodreads


This intense romantic suspense thriller is the kick-off to Novak’s Evelyn Talbot series. After surviving a horrific event in her past Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist is determined to study and unlock the mysteries of the psychopathic mind. She secures funding for a private facility to continue her studies called Hanover House in the remote small town of Hilltop Alaska. The townspeople are not happy with this new development but lack the political strength to prevent the medical center from opening. Among the unhappy members of the community is Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok. However, he finds himself conflicted because as strong as he feels about not having these offenders in his town, he is equally intrigued by and attracted to Evelyn.

I will admit that I went into this with quite a bit of apprehension. I don’t typically enjoy romantic suspense because I find that the story either lacks in the suspense or in the romance/chemistry. I am so happy that I picked up this book though because Novak nailed the sweet spot in balancing the two. I was on the edge of my seat one moment and then swooning over the slow burn romance between Amarok and Evelyn in the next moment.

Evelyn is such a wonderful character to follow. She is a true survivor that carries both physical, and emotional scars from her past. She has grit and tenacity. A bit of a risk-taker but I think that is because she refuses to let her past hold her back from living her life. I look forward to seeing how her character grows as the series continues.

This is told in multiple perspectives, including the point of view of a killer, along with letters that add to the build-up of the suspense. Although Novak does not go into graphic details, I am still giving trigger warnings for rape, torture, and mental abuse.

Overall, I really enjoyed this fast-paced read. I could not put it down. If you like intense psychological thrillers you’ll want to try this one. If you like slow-burn romance then you’ll like this book as well. I need to pick up the rest of the series so I can see where the relationship between Amarok and Evelyn goes.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!


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