Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot has dedicated her life to solving the mysteries of the antisocial mind. Why do psychopaths act as they do? How do they come to be? Why don’t they feel any remorse for the suffering they cause? And are there better ways of spotting and stopping them?
After having been kidnapped, tortured and left for dead when she was just a teenager—by her high school boyfriend—she’s determined to understand how someone she trusted so much could turn on her. So she’s established a revolutionary new medical health center in the remote town of Hilltop, Alaska, where she studies the worst of the worst.
But not everyone in Hilltop is excited to have Hanover House and its many serial killers in the area. Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok, is one of them. And yet he can’t help feeling bad about what Evelyn has been through. He’s even attracted to her. Which is partly why he worries.
He knows what could happen if only one little thing goes wrong...
About the book
This is the prequel to Her Darkest Nightmare, series with Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist who runs a prison in the freezing cold of Alaska. In this book we see the construction of Hanover House, the prison, and the beginning of Evelyn’s relationships with Hilltop and with Sergeant Benjamin Murphy, known as Amarok.
We also see what happened to Evelyn while he was in Boston, a story that is mentioned in the first book in the series but whose details are not given.
I need to say that I first read first Her Darkest Nightmare and than this book, because I didn’t know about the prequel, so in my review there are minimal references to Alaska.
When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?
Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?
If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?
Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.
About the book
The Girl Who Came Back talks about a girl, Olivia, who disappears at the age of 6 and returns to her hometown after 13 years. The mother recognizes her and together with her best friend accepts her. Meanwhile, the mother has remarried and the new husband with her brother-in-law thinks that Olivia is a scammer. How come they are so sure she’s an impostor? What’s behind the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl? And who is Olivia?
I liked the book even if it was a bit slow. I’m not sure I share the protagonist’s point of view. How many people died to get where she wanted? I agree that some people should be eliminated because they are worse than animals, I will never change my mind about this, not even after a 24-hour speech by human rights activists. But I can’t fully share the protagonist’s reasons.
Kat experiences every mother’s worst nightmare when her only child’s body is found lifeless in an overgrown, abandoned quarry.
Desperate to find out what happened, Kat questions those closest to her as she tries to piece together the last days of Grace’s life. But as a darker side to her little girl begins to unravel, Kat wonders if she ever really knew Grace.
As Kat is drawn into a twisted game of lies, is she also in terrible danger? And will she be able to unlock her daughter’s final shocking secret?
Even if the truth is unthinkable…
About the book
I would like to thank NetGalley and the author for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. I chose this book because I didn’t know the author. Obviously I read it in English.
The book starts with a 17-year- old girl, Grace’s last minutes of life. From her words we find out that she fell (was pushed?) in a quarry and with all her strength left, she tries to save her life. More over we find out that her mother might be in danger.
The tale is in first person and given to Grace’s mother, Kat, who doesn’t believe that her only daughter killed herself like the police says. Kas has herself a particular past.
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This week question:
Have you ever thought about taking a break from blogging/Booktubing (if you’re a Booktuber)? If you have, how long was the break and what did you learn from it? (submitted by Danielle @ PoetryBooksYA)
Yes. When I had a demanding job I stopped for a long time (close to a year). When I didn’t have inspiration I stopped because this was a graphic/design website before so when I wasn’t in the mood I couldn’t design. Now when I don’t have the will power to edit for various reasons, I take a break (see the two months break at the end of last year). And I always learn that this is a hobby, not a job so it’s okay to say enough, I need a break.
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