Face Off

Evelyn Talbot, Book 3
Narrated by: Therese Plummer
Series: Evelyn Talbot, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (386 ratings)

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From New York Times best-selling author Brenda Novak comes Face Off, the next installment of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and her murderous home for psychopaths. She vowed never to be a victim again. But now a killer has her in his sight....

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....  

“Novak is a master of suspense.” (RT Book Reviews)

©2018 Brenda Novak, Inc. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Dark and chilling. Brenda Novak’s latest taut thriller draws you in from the very first page. Another winner!" (New York Times best-selling author Laura Griffin)

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Huh....

I listened to all four books including the prequel. Narrator is great. No issues with the writing style and all that other jazz that gets reviewed. 3 stars because even after all the books, I just didn’t like the main character.
I realize she’s been traumatized and maybe that’s why I couldn’t relate because I have never experienced anything that horrific.
I thank God I haven’t.
But after four books, I found glimpses of a likable character but she was just blah.
Not even close to a heroine, I found her to have no backbone.
Anyway. The story was good enough to make it through four books, I hope you don’t pay full price for them.

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OMG...This was an absolute heart stopping series!

If you like suspense, drills, and being totally impatient to get to the end...this series is absolutely for you!! I absolutely loved these books!

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Needed to be edited!

Good story but repetitive. Needed a rewrite. Where was the editor? Predictable ending. But fun characters.

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Phenomenal!

The Evelyn Talbot series is my 1st Brenda Novak read and all I can say is....Phenomenal!! No Spoilers so I will leav it at that! 5⭐

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Chilling

Face Off by Brenda Novak is the third book in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. I have been following this series from the beginning and I found this installment to be most exciting and intense of them all. This was the point where a notorious serial killer has his most desirable prey in his grasp. The one victim who managed to escape twenty-two years ago. He just needs to find the right moment to make his move where we would have the ultimate showdown between hunter and prey.

Evelyn Talbot was focused on her work at Hanover House and her relationship with Amorok, but she was not settled. Anxiety plagued her as she waited for the day when the terror from her past, Jasper Moore, will catch up to her. What she did not know was the terror was closer than she could imagine. Hiding in plain sight, Jasper has managed to infiltrate Evelyn and Amarok's life without their knowledge.


From the beginning, I found Evelyn to be an inspiring character. I admired her strength and determination. To have experience such a traumatic event at the hands of a psychopath but was willing to work with such persons on a daily basis to learn what made them tick.

I loved how patient Amorak has been with Evelyn. Their relationship has grown, however, uncertainties and family drama on Evelyn's part had the potential to derail it. These two could not get a break.

Jasper was the focus of this story. I got a glimpse of his personality in the previous installment, however in Face Off I had the chance to delve deeper into his mind. Narcisstic and sociopathic to the core, you cannot help but fear for everyone he encounters..


There was a lot happening in this installment to keep everyone on their toes. A tourist has gone missing, a mystery Amarok has to solve. Then there was his ex who would do anything to rekindle their relationship and Evelyn’s sister who had her own share of drama came for a visit. This visit led to Evelyn making a major decision, which would likely affect both her personal and professional life.

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I loved how nicely Jasper's story ended and Evelyn and Amarok can finally enjoy their relationship to the fullest. I enjoyed the series, and I would recommend it to fans of romantic suspense.

Narration
I enjoyed the narration by Therese Plummer. This isn't my first time listening to her narration. She did an excellent job with a great cast of characters. The way she portrayed each one was on point.

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Every book gets better!

I love this series so much! Therese Plummer is a great narrator. Love Brenda Novak! I'm off to next book, Blind Spot.

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I'm in love with series

I cant hit pause with these books! They are that good! highly recommend and I can't wait to hear the last one.

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Suspenseful!

This is a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story line flowed seamlessly and the characters were well developed. It is vital that you read all books in this series before listening to Face Off. I highly recommend this read. Enjoy!

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Fantastic

Read Hello Again 1st. I was so surprised I enjoyed this one as much as Hello Again. U WON’T B DISAPPOINTED!!!
Worth every penny!!!

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great read

I love your books! I couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next one in the series!