As excited as Evelyn is for her work at Hanover House, the community of Hilltop is horrified that these prisoners are now living in their backyard. And no one is more upset than Sergeant Amarok, who is sworn to protect the people of this town. But as much as Amarok would like to see Hanover House gone, he doesn’t want to see Evelyn leave. There is something going on between these two, much to their annoyance.
This is only my second book by Brenda Novak, but I enjoyed this story and meeting Evelyn Talbot. I had not read very far in the book when I felt like I was missing some details that I thought I needed. I discovered the novella Hanover House, a short story about Evelyn’s second abduction at the hands of Jasper, which answered some of the questions I had. It is not necessary to read the novella before starting this book, but I have one of those brains that won’t rest until I have all the details and I absolutely cannot read anything out of order. So I’m glad that I paused Her Darkest Nightmare and read it, especially with the insight into Evelyn and Amarok’s unique but uneasy relationship.
I enjoyed the plot, though at times it felt a bit far-fetched but still kept me invested to the end. The characters are likable, and even those who are intentionally unlikable are fascinating. My favorite aspect was the inclusion of quotes from actual serial killers at the beginning of each chapter. It was absolutely chilling, perfectly setting the tone for this novel. Though I have read more graphic thrillers and even though this story contains a romance, it is still a dark and intense read. I know for a fact I will be reading the second installment of this new series. I recommend this book for fans of suspense and readers of Brenda Novak.
A huge thank-you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.