DARKEST NIGHTMARE was, in my opinion, one of the best
books of 2016, as well as one of the best novels ever
written on serial killers, and I believe HELLO AGAIN is even
better! HELLO AGAIN takes place roughly one year later, and
I am truly amazed that the only thing a reader who had not
read the first book will have missed is the pleasure of
having read it; HELLO AGAIN stands really on its own.
There's a new inmate at Hanover House, Dr. Lyman Bishop,
the Zombie Maker, who earned his grizzly moniker because of
his particular killing preference: lobotomies. Dr. Evelyn
Talbot is thrilled and terrified at the same time to have
the privilege of "studying" Bishop, who doesn't seem to
display the usual signs of a psychopath. Evelyn's former
tormentor, Jasper Moore, is still on the loose, and Evelyn
has never stopped looking over her shoulder. When she hears
of another high school friend of hers had been found
murdered, Evelyn is convinced that it's Jasper, eager to
hurt her and eliminate everyone from her past, but the woman
who was killed had had a frontal lobotomy. Is Jason the
killer? Has he changed his MO? Is it a copycat killer, or is
it the work of Bishop?
I had been eagerly anticipating HELLO AGAIN, and I am
elated! I never thought Brenda Novak could do better than HER DARKEST
NIGHTMARE, and she did! Ms. Novak's remarkable research
has again yielded astonishing results, and coupled with the
author's flawless writing, HELLO AGAIN is a book every fan
of psychological thriller will have to read. The story is
exceedingly complex, there is not one tiny lull, and so
chillingly believable, my heart was literally beating faster
Evelyn's insecurities still plague her when it comes to her
relationship with Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Benjamin
Murphy, known as Amarok, and one specific event threatens to
shatter Evelyn's new-found confidence. Amarok is somewhat
more present in this installment, and I think the romantic
angle in HELLO AGAIN is possibly the best I have ever seen
in a thriller, as it has an impact on the narrative and
The squeamish need not be alarmed; while the crimes
themselves are nauseatingly grizzly, they are somewhat
superficially explanatory, so that the reader understands
exactly what is going on without being detailed in the
extreme, which I appreciated; Ms. Novak doesn't need an
abundance of shocking descriptions to convey the facts.
HELLO AGAIN, when you read it, you will also notice what a
clever title it is, doesn't quite end on a cliffhanger, but
has the killer been caught? Needless to say, I am dying to
read the next book in the outstanding Dr.
Evelyn Talbot Novels, because psychological
thrillers of such exceptional quality don't happen often.
From NYT bestseller Brenda Novak comes the next installment
of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths
in Hello Again.
SHE CAN MAKE SENSE OF A COMPLEX CRIMINAL MIND.
Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison
in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers.
But she’s about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover
House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, AKA the Zombie Maker given his
fondness for performing ice-pick lobotomies on his victims.
A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most
cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered—or he is
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CRIMINAL CAN SEE INTO HER OWN?
When a new ice-pick fatality occurs, it seems Bishop really
was wrongly convicted. Except...Evelyn has a personal
connection to the victim and that suggests the killer
may be someone from her own past: Jasper Moore, her high
school boyfriend who tortured her and left her for dead when
she was only sixteen. Jasper also murdered three of her
friends—and was never caught. Is he trying to send a message
with this copycat crime? The only thing Evelyn knows for
sure is that if Jasper is on her trail, she might not
be able to escape again . . .