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WHERE IS ADAM? Julie Raynes’ husband has been missing for six months. Devastated and confused, she refuses to believe that he would leave her voluntarily, though her best friend thinks differently. However, her Aunt Alice, a psychic, tells her Adam has been murdered, and when she reveals how she knows this, any hope that Adam is still alive, dissipates. The police are also beginning to believe that Adam Raynes was murdered. And Julie is their prime suspect. Her life in ruins, Julie vows to hunt down whoever is responsible for Adam’s murder and make them pay for their crime. In the meantime, David Gray, a young man who was pulled from a lake by a fisherman when he was 9 years old, wakens from a coma after nearly two decades. Unknown to Julie, Adam and David share a dark connection, a darkness that threatens to devour both of them, in a terrifying race with death.

Following the deaths of her husband, Corey, and ten year old daughter Ellie in a traffic accident, author Abby Miller sinks ever deeper into depression. She contemplates suicide as a way to be with them, and to end her unrelenting pain. In a last desperate effort to find peace, she drives to Loon Lake where they last vacationed together, wanting to believe they will be waiting for her there. At least in spirit. Barring that, the pills Doctor Gregory gave her to help her sleep, are in her purse.

A suspense novel interwoven with threads of romance and paranormal. Imagine discovering everything you believe about yourself to be a lie. And that the truth could stir a killer from his lair. Following the death of the woman she believed to be her mother, 28-year-old Naomi Waters learns from a malicious aunt that she is not only adopted, but the product of a brutal rape that left her birth mother, Mary Rose Francis, a teenager of Micmac ancestry, in a coma for 8 months. Dealing with a sense of betrayal and loss, but with new purpose in her life, Naomi vows to track down Mary Rose's attackers and bring them to justice. She places her story in the local paper, asking for information from residents who might remember something of the case that has been cold for nearly three decades. She is about to lose hope that her efforts will bear fruit, when she gets an anonymous phone call. Naomi has attracted the attention of one who remembers the case well. But someone else has also read the article in the paper. The man whose DNA she carries. And he has Naomi in his sights. Review quotes: "…Ms. Hovey's talent in creating characters is so real, you feel their emotions and their fears. You want to yell at them to warn of the danger . . . and you do! Your shouts fall on deaf ears . . . and you cry! The best suspense writer I've ever read! Beth Anderson, Author of Raven Talks back

But who will believe her? She's a crazy woman after all. Then, one cold winter's night on her way home from her job, a man follows and is about to assault her when a stranger intercedes. A stranger who hides his face and whispers her name. Review: "…another winner. I highly recommend it to any lover of suspense, mystery, romance, or thriller. You’ll not only race through this book, but clamor for more works by this talented and polished author. Aaron Paul Lazar, author of Healey's Cave ****

SOMEONE WAS STALKING HER. NOW HE'S FOUND HER... When artist Katie Summers emerged from a four-day coma, she remembered all too vividly the horror of that night - the terrifying dead eyes that had stared back at her in the rear view mirror, causing her to crash her car. But nobody believed her. Even the enigmatic and disturbingly attractive psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathan Shea, implied that she had made the whole thing up. Or dreamed it. Released from the hospital, still weak from her ordeal, Katie took a taxi to her remote farmhouse on Black Lake. Darkness had already fallen. There was only the wind in the trees to greet her...and the cold and empty house. But the house was not quite empty. Something awaited her, upstairs in her bedroom. Something with cold, dead eyes... "...a work so accomplished, so fluid and so suspenseful it is difficult to believe it really is a first novel!"-Felix Griffin - Rave Reviews, NY

WHAT IF EVIL VISITED THE ONE PLACE WHERE YOU FEEL THE MOST SAFE? Following the breakup of her marriage, Rachael retreats to the old beach house in Jenny's Cove, where she once lived with her grandmother. It is the one place where she had always felt safe and loved. Devastated and lost, Rachael longs for the simplicity of her childhood. But Jenny’s Cove has changed. From the moment of Rachael’s arrival, a man watches. He has already killed, and mercilessly will do so again. Soon Rachael becomes a target for a vicious predator whose own dark and twisted past forms a deadly bond between them. And sets her on a collision course with a crazed killer.

Nowhere to hide EPPIE WINNER~BEST THRILLER 20,000 copies sold SHE DARED TO CHALLENGE A MERCILESS KILLER Raised in an atmosphere of violence and unpredictability, Ellen and Gail Morgan have banded together, survivors of a booze-fertilized battleground, forming a fierce united front against an often cold and uncaring world. When their parents are killed in a car crash, Ellen becomes the mother figure for Gail. When fifteen years later Gail is brutally raped and murdered in her shabby New York basement apartment, practically on the eve of her big breakthrough as a singer, Ellen is inconsolable. Rage at her younger sister's murder has nearly consumed her. So when her work as a psychologist wins her an appearance on the evening news, Ellen seizes the moment. Staring straight into the camera, she challenges the killer to come out of hiding: "Why don't you come after me? I'll be waiting for you." Phone calls flood the station, but all leads go nowhere. The police investigation seems doomed to failure. Then it happens: a note, written in red ink, slipped under the windshield wipers of her car, 'YOU'RE IT.' Ellen has stirred the monster in his lair … and the hunter has become the hunted!

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Praise for Joan Hall Hovey's Books

 
"Joan Hall Hovey novel packs a terrifying punch ...spins a chilling tale of revenge, murder and madness..." Jill M. Smith - Rave Reviews, New York.

“…what a great story! Couldn't put it down… An exciting and suspenseful  ending wraps up this incredible novel.” Lynn Demsky: Book Reporter

 

"… Joan Hall Hovey knows suspense. She keeps it simmering in every scene she writes and knows just the right moments to turn up the heat and bring it all to a boil. She also knows character, creating richly layered people to populate her books, sometimes with no more than a single sentence stocked with perfectly chosen descriptive words or phrases. THE DEEPEST DARK is a terrific suspense novel.” James Hankins,Author of BROTHERS AND BONES and SHADY CROSS

 "…visceral fear is at the heart of The Deepest Dark and just won’t let go from one page to the next. Not only did I have to stay up to find out what was going to happen on that next page…I couldn’t have slept anyway with all my spidey senses on high alert. Every little noise creeped me out and THAT, my friends, is what makes Joan Hall Hovey a genius at writing suspense." Reviewed by Lelia Taylor

 

a highly entertaining thriller that will draw you in with its well written characters and fast paced action. Above all it is full of suspense and an absolute page turner. I warn you not to start reading it unless you have time to read the whole book! I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller and I certainly want to read more books from this author…” Online Book Club

 

"Joan Hall Hovey is a female Stephen King... a stunning, multi-layered, modern-day gothic, told with the unforgettable style and grace of a true master of suspense" Rendezvous Magazine


"... a taut thriller, woven with uncanny magic..." Cindy Penn, WordWeaving.com

 

"Joan Hall Hovey clearly takes her place among today's contemporary writers as this page-turner can compete with any mystery novel on the shelves" Linda Hersey, Fredericton Gleaner.

 "Ms. Hovey's talent in creating characters is so real, you feel their emotions and their fears. You want to yell at them to warn of the danger . . . and you do! Your shouts fall on deaf ears … and you cry! The best suspense writer    I've ever read! Beth Anderson, Author of Raven Talks back

"Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King come to mind, but JOAN HALL HOVEY is in a Class by herself!…" 

J.D. Michael Phelps, Author of My Fugitive, David Janssen

"CANADIAN MISTRESS OF SUSPENSE…The author has a remarkable ability to turn up the heat on the suspense… great characterizations and dialogue…" James Anderson, author of Deadline


... a chilling hold-your-breath-as you-turn-the-pages novel of such depth and credibility, it’s hard to remember that it’s fiction and won’t be headlined in the daily news..." Evelyn Gale, All About Murder Reviews.

"...a well-written suspense that will have your locking doors, turning on all the lights..." Hattie Boyd, Scribes World

"... Joan Hall Hovey has penned as good a thriller as I have ever read...a superb tale of terror and suspense that puts her right up there with the likes of Sandford and Patterson..." Ingrid Taylor for Small Press Review

"...Fans of Mary Higgins Clark will enjoy this author! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time ... Great story..." Detra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews

A winner!! With her usual ability, the talented author has caught the sense of menace and carried it throughout... a taut, chilling tale... Highly recommended." Anne K. Edwards, BookReviews.net

"... a taut thriller that combines well-drawn vivid characters with an engaging plot? ...a magnetically likeable heroine... Rachael's transformation from walking wounded to feisty survivor will leave you cheering." Kristin Johnson, Myshelf.com

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