Book Review: Hello Again by Brenda Novak (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2)

Hello Again - Brenda Novak

If you missed my review of book one, Her Darkest Nightmare, you can find it here. Hello Again is book two in The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles.

Book Description:

Dr Evelyn Talbot has spent her life looking over her shoulder after her teenage boyfriend Jasper Moore kidnapped, tortured and left her for dead.

She only just escaped with her life, he disappeared without a trace, and twenty-two years later Evelyn can still feel him lurking in the shadows. Studying the psychopathic minds at Hanover House – Alaska’s first mental health facility for psychopaths – is how she will track him down.

Lyman Bishop could be the perfect subject. Evelyn discovers he is just as intelligent and trustworthy as Jasper appeared, and he hardly seems like the man who has been convicted of kidnapping and murdering several women.

But if Evelyn has learnt anything at all from her terrifying experience, it’s that the most unassuming can be the most dangerous of all.

My Thoughts:

I wish I could be Evelyn Talbot, just for one day, to study the minds of psychopaths at Hanover House – but only for a day because the wilderness is not for me and I’d rather not have a psychopathic ex-boyfriend hunting me down! Hello Again is book two featuring Evelyn Talbot and I highly recommend you start at the beginning of the series as the plot is continuous and it will likely weaken your reading experience if you haven’t read book one.

My main attraction to this book, and series, is the insight we get into the mind of serial killers, it’s truly fascinating to see Evelyn analyse them. The insight didn’t go as deep as in the previous book, but I still enjoyed every minute of it – it’s that old cliché: “you want it, but you fear it, but you love it when you’re near it!” And that’s exactly how I felt when I read this novel, I was gripped by the actions of these killers but, at the same time, they terrified me but still, I couldn’t get enough of it – that’s what makes Hello Again such a captivating read.

While we have the chills brought by the killers, you wouldn’t be wrong to place this novel in the romantic suspense category as there is a continuous storyline of Evelyn and Amarok’s relationship, and while I’m not a romance reader I have come to enjoy their relationship. Partly because they’re past the “I like you, should we date” phase and so are more settled in their relationship, but mainly because there’s nothing like some fictional love with the shadow of a serial killer hanging over it. We get to see how Evelyn’s past and profession shades their relationship and the lengths Amarok goes to to find Jasper.

When I started reading this novel, I was instantly transported back to the remote setting of Alsaka – one snowfall and your snowed in and cell phone signal is non-existent. Mix that with a mental health facility for psychopaths and your guaranteed a good read. I really like Evelyn and I have enjoyed seeing her character develop and I can’t wait to see it develop further. Especially because of the cliff hanger ending of this novel – it wrapped up the current plot, so you’re not left with no questions answered, but it’s set up book three perfectly. The game is really on now and I can’t wait to see what happens.

I highly recommend you read this series, it’s guaranteed to delight anyone who enjoys the suspense only a serial killer can provide.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon UK / Book Depository

*My thanks to the publisher (Headline) for providing me with a copy of this book*

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