Review:: Hanover House (Hanover House #0.5) by Brenda Novak


Hanover House by Brenda Novak
BlurbWelcome to Hanover House….

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the psychopathic 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…




This story was kindly offered to me by the author, 
in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.


This is a prequel? It didn't feel like one. The prequels I am used to are shorter and definitely more, well, boring is the right word. But, this one? No, not at all. But let's review this story from the beginning.

As a soon-to-be-psychologist myself, I found the fact that the heroine Evelyn Talbot is a psychiatrist very interesting and tempting for me to pick up this story. And, I'm very glad I did. And, not just because I finished the book on 10/10, the international day for Mental Health. Coincidence? I think not.

Unlike most prequels, this one didn't only assure that we would get some background information about the main heroes. There was actually action and passion and romance. What started as seemingly slow-pacing, soon became so interesting. We were given so much insight to the heroine's personality, the reasons why she acts the way she does, why she chose this particular profession - one I've always been very interested to -, why she is who she is. Halfway through the story I felt as if I personally knew Evelyn, something that made me appreciate it even more.

And, the romance, oh, the romance. If we considered how many pages it took for it to bloom, we could assume it was fast. And, usually I don't like it when it happens too fast. But, with these heroes it didn't feel fast at all. No, the way the author described everything, made me feel like I wanted it even sooner to happen. I found myself being so moved by the conversations between the two characters, and so anxious for them to meet again when they were apart, that I couldn't believe it myself.

As for the side characters, they were described, too. I felt like I completely understood they way they behaved, even if I didn't like it sometimes.

I must say that I am a bit curious. If this was just a prequel, and it felt like a whole story, and not just an introduction to one, how is the first book going to go? Now, I just can't wait for its release. But a year later? Why will it take so long? I guess I'll have to explore more books from the author while I wait. Thankfully she has written many.


All in all, I award to this prequel 5 stars, 
waiting anxiously to start the series after such an amazing introduction.

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