Face Off by Brenda Novak ★★★★ (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3)

This series has a continuing story arc. I do NOT recommend reading the books out of order.


The Set Up

Evelyn Talbot is the head psychiatrist at Hanover House, a maximum security prison for serial killers, located in Hilltop, Alaska. The facility is devoted to the psychological study of these criminals and it’s her mission to somehow discover what drives them so she might better understand the one who tried to kill her when she was sixteen years old. Benjamin (Amarok) Murphy is an Alaska State Trooper assigned to the community and is in a relationship with Evelyn. He’s recently returned from the lower 48 after coming very close to capturing Jasper Moore, the man who has haunted Evelyn for most of her life.

The Issues

Unbeknownst to Evelyn and Amarok, Jasper is hiding in plain sight. He surgically altered his appearance years ago, moved to Alaska eight months ago and is a corrections officer at the prison. Jasper’s methodically plotting his final face off with the one that got away and who he’s obsessed with. When two women are found murdered, both Amarok and Evelyn know instinctively that Jasper is now among them.

The Bottom Line

It was chilling getting the alternating narratives, particularly Jasper’s, holding my breath as they investigated and searched for him, trying to figure out his identity. The close calls and near misses kept me off balance and so highly stressed I had to keep putting the book down. This final confrontation was one I was anticipating and looking forward to reading. I just didn’t think about how suspenseful, thrilling and downright scary it would be. There wasn’t any relief at all and that’s what made this SO good!


Book Info

  • Release Date: August 28, 2018
  • Pages: 416


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(I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)

16 thoughts on “Face Off by Brenda Novak ★★★★ (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3)”

  1. Wonderful review as always! I also found this suspenseful and engaging. Sometimes I think Evelyn isn’t very smart about protecting herself or about her emotions. I mean she is obviously book smart, driven and caring but doesn’t always take care of herself. Amorak is a rock. He’s so smart and does such a great job with the tools he has. I loved this and was excited to see there will be more. Anne – Books of My Heart

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