Author: Joan Hall Hovey

In addition to her award-winning novels including 'The Abduction of Mary Rose, Night Corridor and Chill Waters Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

She is a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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The Deepest Dark

The Deepest Dark
  • Number: B00K9E7EHY
  • Release: 2014-05-10
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
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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.


Joan Hall Hovey Special Edition

Joan Hall Hovey Special Edition
  • Number: B00951DKJ8
  • Release: 2012-09-01
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
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This Joan Hall Hovey Special Edition published by Books We Love contains three of Joan's novels.

NOWHERE TO HIDE

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!

NIGHT CORRIDOR

After nine years in Bayshore mental institution, once called the lunatic asylum, Caroline Hill is finally being released.

There will be no one to meet her. Her parents who brought her here…are dead.

They have found her a room in a rooming house, a job washing dishes in a restaurant. She will do fine, they said. But no one told that women in St. Simeon are already dying at the hands of a vicious predator. One, an actress who lived previously in her building. And others.

LISTEN TO THE SHADOWS

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...


Dark Reunion

Dark Reunion
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  • Release: 2011-07-20
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
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  • Publisher: Independently Published
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This story was a free read, but is no longer available for download.

Joan is the author of several award winning suspense novels, including Night Corridor, Chill Waters, Nowhere to Hide and Listen to the Shadows, all available here at Smashwords


The Abduction of Mary Rose

The Abduction of Mary Rose
  • Number: B005M4W22I
  • Release: 2011-09-08
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
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  • Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
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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.


Night Corridor

Night Corridor
  • Number: B004NSV6TY
  • Release: 2011-02-14
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
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After nine years in Bayshore mental institution, once called the lunatic asylum, Caroline Hill is finally being released.

There will be no one to meet her. Her parents who brought her here…are dead.

They have found her a room in a rooming house, a job washing dishes in a restaurant. She will do fine, they said. But no one told that women in St. Simeon are already dying at the hands of a vicious predator. One, an actress who lived previously in her building.

And others.

And now, as Caroline struggles to survive on the outside, she realizes someone is stalking her.

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.


Nowhere to Hide

Nowhere to Hide
  • Number: B0045Y2F4G
  • Release: Out Now
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
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  • Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
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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!


Listen to the Shadows - Night Corridor, Nowhere to Hide, Chill Waters, The Abduction of Mary Rose

Listen to the Shadows
  • Number: B00466HZPC
  • Release: 2010-10-05
  • Author: Joan Hall Hovey
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc.
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LISTEN TO THE SHADOWS

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...


Book Library

  • The Deepest Dark The Deepest Dark
  • Joan Hall Hovey Special Edition Joan Hall Hovey Special Edition
  • Dark Reunion Dark Reunion
  • The Abduction of Mary Rose The Abduction of Mary Rose
  • Night Corridor Night Corridor
  • Nowhere to Hide Nowhere to Hide
  • Listen to the Shadows Listen to the Shadows