My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reading Hanover House is like riding a deliciously scary roller coaster. You close your eyes, you gasp, you swallow down bile that threatens to choke you, your adrenalin soars and at the end of the ride you’d get in line and do it all over again just to feel the rush!
Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot is one of the world’s leading experts on psychopaths. She needs to find out what makes them kill and torture and maim without remorse, most even with enjoyment and excitement. She’s pushed hard to get funding for the Hanover House facility in rural Alaska that will house many of the worst psychopaths incarcerated and a team of doctors to study them and try to find out what makes them tick.
And the reason she’s hell bent on this project is that 20 years ago, when she was just 16, her high school boyfriend killed her best friends because they told Evelyn that Jasper cheated on her. She was trapped and tortured, too, only escaping after he slit her throat and left her for dead.
Yes, yes, there is a backstory romance, too, or at least the sweet beginnings of one between Evelyn and Alaska State Trooper Amarok, whose Inuit nickname means wolf. He’s gorgeous, several years younger and already knows her background; she’s emotionally stunted by her horrific experience as a teen and afraid to even consider a relationship. Yet they find there’s an undeniable attraction for each other that just can’t be ignored. And while Amarok wasn’t exactly thrilled to have Hanover House being built in his town, as he gets to know Evelyn and appreciate her strength and tenacity, he’s even more worried about the possibility of something going wrong.
Wonderfully well written prequel to the new series that continues in 2016 with the first full length Hanover House novel, Whiteout. Thrillers aren’t always my cup of tea, but I need to know what happens between Evelyn and Amarok, even though I’ll read it while glancing behind me for the bogeyman the whole time!
I received this as an ARC through NetGalley.