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Hello Again
by Brenda Novak
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St. Martin's, 2017 (2017)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Hello Again is the second (following Her Darkest Nightmare) in Brenda Novak's series, starring psychiatrist Dr. Evelyn Talbot, who studies serial killers. She suffered horrific treatment at the hands of her boyfriend Jasper when she was sixteen. He imprisoned and tortured her. She came close to death, but his parents helped him escape justice.

Now Evelyn has established maximum-security facility Hanover House, where serial killers are imprisoned and studied, in the small Alaskan town of Hilltop. This put her at odds with local Sergeant Amarok in the first episode, but now they are lovers, though she worries that his previous girlfriend might be more suitable for him, and that he is younger than she is.

Evelyn is currently interviewing Lyman Bishop, the convicted Zombie Maker, who used an ice pick to lobotomize his victims and make them malleable. When one of Evelyn's school classmates is killed with an ice pick, she's sure that Jasper is sending her a message. And readers see his steady preparations to come after her, after twenty-one years of keeping in the shadows. As more of her old friends die, Evelyn grows increasingly anxious, but is she worrying about the wrong killer?

Although it's all rather over the top, Hello Again is a gripping example of romantic suspense, ending on an impressive cliffhanger. It sets the scene nicely for what will inevitably come next.

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