Face Off (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #3) – Spotlight

Face Off by Brenda Novak

Thank you to the author’s representative for providing me with a free e-copy of Face Off.


Goodreads Synopsis: Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, 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…

About the Author (taken directly from author’s website):


It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak’s bestselling author career.

“I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away,” Brenda says. “It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.”

However, writing was the last profession she expected to undertake. In fact, Brenda swears she didn’t have a creative bone in her body. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business.

Abandoning her academic scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 20 in order to get married and start a family, Brenda dabbled in commercial real estate, then became a loan officer.

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda admits. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read….”

Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. Many of her novels have won or placed in contests such as the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Write Touch, the Award of Excellence and the Beacon Award for Published Authors.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually raising money for diabetes research. Her youngest son, Thad, has diabetes, and Brenda is determined to help him and others like him. She also enjoys traveling, watching sporting events and biking — she rides an amazing 20 miles every day!

Find out more about Brenda on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Headline

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Page Count: 416

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.52

Thoughts: Face Off can be read as a stand alone, which is what I had planned to do. After reading Janel’s review however, I decided I wanted to read the first two installments prior to starting this one. I have both of them bookmarked as audio on Scribd and plan to start the first one after I finish my current audio book.

Purchase Face Off on Amazon


Her Darkest Nightmare is the first in the series and currently has a 4.07 average rating on Goodreads. My next round of Scribd holds just released and I immediately downloaded Her Darkest Nightmare to listen to next. Purchase Her Darkest Nightmare on Amazon


Hello Again is the second and currently has 4.41 average rating on Goodreads. I love each one of these covers and I’m looking forward to diving into the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles! Keep an eye out for my reviews to come. Purchase Hello Again on Amazon

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