"Evocative and stirring." The Deepest Dark by @joanhh #suspense

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The Deepest Dark

Written by Joan Hall Hovey

Genre: Suspense thriller


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.

The cabin at Loon Lake was her and Corey’s secret hideaway, and not even Abby’s sister, Karen, to whom she is close, knows where it is. But someone else does. He is one of three men who have escaped from Pennington prison. They are dangerous predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want - and to keep from going back to prison. Having already committed the worst of crimes, they have nothing to lose.

Unknowingly, Abby is on a collision course with evil itself. And the decision of whether to live or die will soon be wrenched from her hands. 

An excerpt from

The Deepest Dark

Here's what

Fans are saying

Phew! I kept glancing outside on this one...

One great pleasure I have as a reviewer/author is discovering writers who show me new and exciting ways to hold a reader’s interest. Sometimes the writer is a newbie; other times she’s an old hand like Joan Hall Hovey, whose book is the first of hers I’ve read. And then I’m happy to recommend my discovery to other readers.

Vivid prose imagery allows the reader to create mental scenes comparable to the real life tragedy of that doctor’s family that occurred near Danbury, Connecticut, or to the movies Cape Fear or Deliverance—the author’s prose, in fact, is quite sufficient for me. Phew!

In situations like these, survival often depends on quick thinking and luck. The reader will be in suspense right up to the end of the book wondering if Abby has enough of both. Alfred Hitchcock would be smiling.

The book is really an excellent read. All in all, it exhibits a master’s touch—just make sure your alarm system is on and don’t look out your windows into the dark night while you’re reading. The Roach might be out there!

 Another Winner by Joan Hall Hovey! (I wish there were more than 5 stars!)

Joan Hall Hovey is one of those authors I love so much, I literally wait with bated breath for each release. I'll jump on it the minute the new book is out, and I know I'm guaranteed to be thoroughly engrossed in the story, and completely entertained.

THE DEEPEST DARK was no exception to this rule. I read this book in twenty-four hours and hated putting it down to go to sleep. As always, Ms. Hovey's work is evocative and stirring. Her descriptions of the woods and cabin at Loon Lake had me firmly set in the scene. But there's much more to her books than well-drawn settings, the guaranteed edge-of-your-seat suspense, and a page-turning impetus that won't quit.

There's another dimension to her characters, and that's "the deepest dark" emotions that course through her protagonists' veins and grab you by the heart, making you understand their trauma and empathize with their peril.

Beautifully written with a high quality level of prose, you can't do better than a suspense by Joan Hall Hovey!

Author Bio

Joan Hall Hovey

I've always been drawn to the dark side of the human psyche, and devoured everything from Edgar Allan Poe to Shirley Jackson growing up. It is no surprise to me I turned out to be a writer of psychological suspense, often with threads of paranormal, mystery and romance.

I like to write about ordinary women who are at a difficult time in their lives, and are suddenly faced with an external evil force. Women who are stronger than they think they are. I didn't think a whole lot about theme until I had written a couple of books, but I realized with the writing of my third novel 'Chill Waters' that my books generally have to do with betrayal and abandonment in some form, and learning to trust again. And more important, learning to trust oneself.

Almost any good book will tell you something about the author herself. (Or himself.) You can't avoid it. But first and foremost I want to give readers a roller-coaster ride, one that keeps them on the edge of that proverbial seats and resonates in the imagination long after the last page is read. 

In addition to my critically aclaimed and award-winning novels, my articles and short stories have appeared in any many publications including The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene. My short story Dark Reunion was anthologized in investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

I've held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries, including New Brunswick Community College, and the University of New Brunswick. I am also a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

I'm a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.