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Face Off by Brenda Novak
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Series: The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3
Published by MacMillan on August 28, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Length: 10 hours, 52 minutes
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Tortured and left for dead at 16, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work - studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her - until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her....
As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate - and finds not one but two bodies - Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught. But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing - Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice...
I’ve always really enjoyed the books of Brenda Novak. Her world building and characters are well written and inspired my emotions. This Evelyn Talbot Chronicles series is a bit of a different genre. It’s more mystery and suspense than romance. Evelyn does develop a romantic relationship over the series.
Evelyn is a smart and driven character. Sometimes, her actions are just bizarre and it doesn’t seem like she is careful enough. In her position, I would learn self defense and use of weapons, and train regularly. There is also the issue of precautions and knowledge about the Alaskan weather and survival knowledge. For being so intelligent, her decisions don’t always match. She does have personal growth over the series.
The villains are totally without conscience and in that sense, a bit cliche, also extremely terrifying. Even Amorak’s old girlfriend seems a bit of a nasty stereotype. There is plenty of suspense in Face Off. There were multiple gut-wrenching twists with multiple shockers at a breakneck pace right up to the end.
From Goodreads, it looks like the series will continue and I’m curious to see what will happen. I recommend this series if you like mystery, suspense and thrillers, and can handle reading about violence towards women.
I have loved this narrator on another series and was thrilled to find I enjoyed her here. Sometimes I can’t listen to a narrator on more than one series. Therese Plummer gave the characters their own voices and it was a pleasure to listen to her. I listened mostly at my usual 1.25x speed but accidentally switched to 1.5x and it felt a bit fast but it worked for me as the story raced to the ending. Her performance really added to the emotional quality of the book.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
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