ROMANCE

Face Off

St. Martin's. (Dr. Evelyn Talbot, Bk. 3). Sept. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9781250076588. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466888029. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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Fiercely dedicated to the study of psychopathic serial killers, innovative psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot, working at Hanover House, a high-security research center in a small Alaska village, still struggles with the aftermath of being brutalized and almost killed 20 years ago by her popular and pleasing but deeply disturbed high school boyfriend Jasper Moore. Now, Evelyn has a stellar career and a deeply satisfying relationship with State Trooper Sgt. Benjamin "Amarok" Murphy. Yet Jasper is still out there, and when two women end up dead, Evelyn knows he's tracked her down, and it's only a matter of time before he comes for her again. A heroine deeply tormented by the past and a hero who has her back battle a charismatic murderer who is hiding in plain sight in a taut thriller that adds another winner to Novak's riveting series.
VERDICT Three-dimensional characters, insightful psychological detail, and descriptions so vivid that the bleak cold of an Alaska winter practically seeps from the pages combine in a page-turner that is more suspense than romance but is sure to appeal across the board. The perfect chilling tale for a hot summer's day. Novak (Right Where We Belong) lives in the Sacramento, CA, area.

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