Kill You Twice (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #5)

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Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell—the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed—is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life.

To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on ...

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Overview

Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell—the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed—is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life.

To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree. It’s the work of a killer bold and clever enough to torture his victim for hours on a sunny summer morning in a big public park and yet leave no trace.

And then Archie gets a message he can’t ignore—Gretchen claims to have inside knowledge about this grisly murder. Archie finally agrees to visit Gretchen, because he can’t risk losing his only lead in the case. At least, that’s what he tells himself . . . but the ties between Archie and Gretchen have always been stronger, deeper, and more complex than he’s willing to admit, even to himself. What game is she playing this time? And even more frightening, what long-hidden secrets from Gretchen’s past have been dredged up that someone would kill to protect?

At once terrifying and magnetic, “Beauty Killer” Gretchen Lowell returns with a vengeance in Kill You Twice, Chelsea Cain’s latest razor-sharp psychological thriller.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite being locked away in the Oregon State Hospital, serial killer Gretchen Lowell still looms large in Det. Archie Sheridan’s life in bestseller Cain’s utterly engrossing fifth thriller featuring the pair (after 2011’s The Night Season). When Gretchen claims that the Portland police detective’s two latest murder victims—one found flayed in a local park and another burned to a crisp atop the iconic city sign—are the work of killer Ryan Motley, Archie knows better than to take Gretchen at her word, but he’s intrigued when she mentions having a child, a new twist. Meanwhile, Susan Ward, now working as a freelance reporter, is following both the current murder case and the developing situation with Gretchen, going so far as to interview her at the state hospital, where Gretchen divulges tidbits of her early life, previously uncharted territory. That blood oozes off practically every page is never in doubt. But neither is Cain’s skill in creating riveting character drama between two damaged souls.150,000 first printing; author tour. Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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Kill You Twice

“Utterly fresh and compelling. . .Cain hits the narrative throttle with all cylinders firing. Like the best thriller writers, though, she knows how to ease off the throttle, too, making room for subtle and satisfying character interplay but at the same time building tension as we wait for the narrative to burst into overdrive once again. Masterful on every level.”

Booklist (starred review)

"Utter engrossing. . .Cain [creates] riveting character drama between two damaged souls."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Night Season

“Cain’s novel has headlong pacing, endearing characters, twisted humor, and scalpel-sharp descriptions of murder and mayhem. It grabs you like a deadly undertow and doesn’t let you go.”

—Parade Magazine

“High-octane ending. . .The world that Cain creates is as dark and ominous as ever.”

—The New York Times Book Review

“Cain kept me perilously on edge at all times, teetering off a watery precipice from which there may have been no escape. I cannot recommend her immersive work highly enough.”

—Louisville Courier-Journal

“Cain’s prose is taut, tense, and terrifying as this strange case develops and shudders with new details and twists. You’ll never guess the ending.”

—Providence Journal

“Superb. . .Cain skillfully incorporates the details of the real-life Vanport flood into her story… Cain pinned readers to their seats with a unique mix of horror, black humor, and psychological tension. This time she adds another arrow to her narrative quiver: the interplay between landscape and mood. This may be the best thriller set in a flooding city since Donna Leon’s Acqua Alta.”

—Booklist (starred review)

“Superb. . .[Cain is] the new queen of serial-killer fiction.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Cain's fine fourth thriller. . .Cain easily weaves the history of the real-life Vanport flood with her trademark heart-stopping moments, and fans will be pleased to see the series flourishing without Gretchen on every page.”

—Publishers Weekly (Top 10 Mystery of the Year)

"Chelsea Cain fills her new novel with dark atmosphere, a quick-thinking, likable hero, fast-moving narrative and plenty of wit.”

—Associated Press

Evil at Heart

“You have to hand it to Cain, who’s made the serial-killer genre a thoroughly female-friendly experience. . .[She] churns stomachs with a delicate touch.”

The New York Times Book Review

“She's the most twisted—and most beautiful—serial killer on the planet, and she's back... Cain's wonderfully over-the-top series takes a new turn when fans of Gretchen try their hand at killing. It's not to be missed.”

USA Today

“Cain is among a new breed of women writers stepping way out of the stereotypical female comfort zones… serving up meatier and more gruesome stories. . .Cain knows how to keep readers fortified with psychological drama.”

Chicago Sun Times

“The narrative bounces along with Cain’s trademark mix of tight plotting, creepy characters, and body parts.”

—Charlotte Observer

Library Journal
She's back. Gretchen Lowell, the exquisitely beautiful serial killer who has held readers in thrall, returns in the fifth installment (after The Night Season) of this popular series. Though Gretchen is locked up, she's still haunting Archie Sheridan, the detective she tortured and almost killed. Archie is working on his latest grisly murder case when Susan Ward, a journalist and sometimes friend, calls. She's been in touch with Gretchen, who claims a guy named Ryan Motley is the killer Archie seeks. She also dangles another clue, a victim whom the cops know nothing about. VERDICT Series fans will enjoy this latest book as they learn more about Gretchen. While still cagey and dangerous, Gretchen's persona deepens as Cain reveals details about her early life and relationships. Archie, still damaged by her influence, shows glimmers of hope that he may be able to move on to a new life where he has the power. A sure bet for vacation reads.—Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH
Kirkus Reviews
A fourth match--a fifth, if you count The Night Season (2011), in which she's limited to a cameo--between Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, and Archie Sheridan, the Portland cop who alternates between locking her up and having sex with her. Gretchen claims over 200 murder victims, but how could she have killed Jake Kelly, the philanthropist who volunteered at the Life Works Center for Young Women? Yet the corpse, bashed, skinned, hanged from a tree on Mount Tabor and decorated with a lily, certainly seems like more of her handiwork. So does the body of PR flak Gabby Meester, taken from her car and set afire at the foot of a Portland landmark with another lily. Of course, it's no trouble to prove an alibi when you're drugged to the gills and incarcerated in the Oregon State Mental Hospital. Although he swears that he's not going to see his murderous ex-lover again, Archie's lured back into contact with her when Gretchen's interview with Susan Ward, the newspaper reporter whose life Archie saved, concludes its grueling description of Gretchen's very first murder, the slaughter 16 years ago of James Beaton, with an urgent plea Susan passes on to Archie: "Children are going to die....You have to find the flash drive." Could one of those children be Pearl Clinton, who'd been staying at the Life Works Center before she disappeared? How much of what Gretchen says can be trusted? And just how many serial killers are lurking in the hills of Oregon? Cain's abiding determination to outdo the suspense, plot twists and gore of each previous outing is both perverse and awe-inspiring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594530886
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series , #5
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Chelsea Cain

CHELSEA CAIN’S first four novels featuring Archie Sheridan have all been New York Times bestsellers. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, and several nonfiction titles, she was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Kill You Twice


By Chelsea Cain

Minotaur Books

Copyright © 2012 Chelsea Cain
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312619787

CHAPTER
1

 
Archie Sheridan slept with the light on. The pills on his bedside table were Ambien. A year before they would have been pain pills. Vicodin. Oxycodone. A cheerful skyline of amber plastic bottles. Even now the table looked empty without the clutter. Just the Ambien, a cell phone, a week-old glass of tap water, and a red gooseneck lamp from IKEA.
His kept his gun in the drawer. On the nights the kids weren’t there, he slept with it loaded.
The Ambien prescription was untouched. Archie just liked to know it was there. Sleeping pills made Archie groggy, and groggy wasn’t a luxury he could afford. If the phone rang, if someone died, he needed to go to work.
Besides, it wasn’t getting to sleep that was the problem. It was staying asleep. He woke up every morning at three A.M., and was awake for an hour. That was how it had gone since the flood. Now he just figured it in. Went to bed an hour earlier. Compensated. He didn’t mind it. As long as he controlled his thoughts, kept his mind from wandering to bad places, he was fine. Focus on the present. Avoid the dark.
The gooseneck lamp stayed on, its red metal shade getting hotter by the hour.
Three-ten A.M. Archie stared at the ceiling. The apartment was sweltering and his bedroom window was open. He could hear the distant grind of the construction equipment still working to clean up the flood damage downtown. They’d been at it in swing shifts for three months, and the city still looked gutted.
If it wasn’t the noise from the construction, it was the trains he heard at night: the engines, the whistles, the wheels on the tracks. They traveled through Portland’s produce district around the clock.
Archie didn’t mind the noise. It reminded him that he wasn’t the only one awake.
Everyone had a cure for insomnia. Take a warm bath. Exercise. Drink a glass of warm milk. Eat a snack before bedtime. Drink herbal tea. Avoid caffeine. Listen to music. Get a massage.
Nothing worked.
His shrink told him to stay in bed.
Don’t even read, she said. It would just make getting back to sleep harder.
He just had to lie there.
But his pillow was too flat. The used mattress he’d bought groaned every time he turned over.
The heat made his scars itch. The new skin was tight and prickly, reminding him of every place her blade had sliced his flesh. His chest was knitted with scar tissue. Patches of dark hair sprouted around the thick pale pink gashes and pearly threads, unable to grow through the tough flesh.
That sort of itching, in the middle of the night, can make a person crazy, and sometimes, while he slept, he scratched his scars until they bled.
Archie ran a hand along his side, the scars pebbly under his fingers, and then over his chest, where his fingers found the heart-shaped scar she had carved into him with a scalpel. Then he made a fist with his hand, rolled over, and pinned it under his pillow.
*   *   *
Four-ten A.M.
Archie’s cell phone rang. He turned over in bed and looked at the clock on his bedside table. He’d been asleep ten minutes. It seemed like longer. His eyeballs felt gritty, his tongue coated. His hair was damp with sweat. He was on his stomach, naked, half his face smashed against the pillow. As he reached out and fumbled for his phone he knocked over the bottle of Ambien, which toppled and rolled off the bedside table and clattered to a stop somewhere under the bed.
Archie brought the phone’s glowing LCD screen to his face and immediately recognized the number.
He knew he should let it go to voice mail.
But he didn’t.
“Hi, Patrick,” Archie said into the phone.
“I can’t sleep,” Patrick said. His voice was a strained whisper. Probably trying not to wake up his parents. “What if he comes back to get me?” Patrick said.
“He’s dead,” Archie said.
Patrick was silent. Not convinced.
The official report had been death by drowning. A half-truth. Archie had held Patrick’s captor’s head underwater, and when he was dead, he had pushed his body into the current of the flooded river.
The corpse still hadn’t surfaced.
“Believe me,” Archie said. Because I killed him.
“Will you come and visit me?” Patrick asked.
“I can’t right now,” Archie said.
“Can I come and visit you?”
Archie rolled over on his back and rubbed his forehead with his hand. “I think your parents want to keep you close right now.”
“I heard them talking about me. They want to give me medicine.”
“They’re trying to help you feel better.”
“I have a secret,” Patrick said.
“Do you want to tell me what it is?” Archie asked.
“Not yet.”
Archie didn’t want to force it. Not after what Patrick had been through. “Okay,” he said.
“Will you count with me?” Patrick asked. It was something Archie had done with his own son. Counting breaths to get to sleep. Patrick and Ben were both nine. But Patrick’s experience had left him changed. He was mature without being sophisticated.
“Sure,” Archie said. He waited. He could hear Patrick getting settled and imagined him curled on his side on the couch in his family’s living room, the phone held to his ear. Archie had never seen that couch, that house, but he’d seen photographs in the police file. He could picture it.
“One,” Archie said. He paused and listened as Patrick drew a breath and exhaled it. “Two.” Archie sat up in bed. Patrick yawned. “Three.” He put his feet on the floor. “Four.” Stood up. “Five.” The windows in his bedroom were original, made up of dozens of factory-style rectangular panes. If Archie ran his fingers over the glass, he could feel tiny waves and ripples on the surface.
“Six,” he said.
He made his way to the window. “Seven.” The light was on inside, and it was still dark enough outside that Archie could see his own mirror image in the glass. As he got closer, his reflection faded and the city appeared. Out his window the Willamette cut a curved path north, slicing the city in half. A sliver of light along the silhouette of the West Hills marked the first hint of dawn. The river was almost lilac-colored.
“Eight,” he said.
It was the truck’s backup alarm that caught his attention. The window was open, hinged along the top so that it swung out horizontally. Archie’s eyes flicked down to the street below.
“Nine.”
The streetlights were still on. The produce district had wide streets, built big enough for multiple trucks full of apples and strawberries. But the trucks didn’t run much anymore. The warehouses were now mostly home to used office supply stores, fringe art galleries, Asian antique stores, coffeehouses, and microbreweries. It was close in and cheap, as long as you didn’t mind the trains that barreled through the neighborhood every few hours.
“Ten.”
The truck down below had backed up to the loading dock of Archie’s building and stopped. A black sedan pulled up beside it. Two men got out of the cab of the truck and walked around to slide the back door up. A woman got out of the black car. Archie knew she was a woman the same way he knew that the men in the truck were men. It was how they stood, how they moved, the dark shapes of their bodies in the yellow glow of the streetlights. The woman said something to the men, and then took a few steps back and watched as the men started unloading large cardboard boxes from the truck.
A U-Haul.
Someone was moving into the building. At four in the morning.
Archie had stopped counting.
“Patrick?” he said.
The other end of the line was silent.
“Good night,” Archie whispered.
He ended the call. It was 4:17 A.M. The bed beckoned. He could still get a few hours’ sleep before he had to head in to the office. As he stepped away from the window, he thought he saw the woman look up at him.


 
Copyright © 2012 by Verite Inc.


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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    One of the best installments in the series since Heartsick! You'

    One of the best installments in the series since Heartsick! You'd think the twisted relationship between Lowell and Sheridan would get old after 5 books but it in no way does. Cain does a superb job of making each book feel fresh, and I have faith she'll continue to do so in the future without disappointing us.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    Archie Sheridan, a detective at the Major Case Task Force in Por

    Archie Sheridan, a detective at the Major Case Task Force in Portland, Oregon, for years had headed what was termed the Beauty Killer Task Force, dedicated to tracking down and bringing to justice a megalomaniac serial killer whose victims were tortured and killed in gruesome ways, graphically described. Their target, Gretchen Lowell, a stunning blonde who claims she had killed more than two hundred people, almost claimed Archie as one of her victims, but despite slowly torturing him over a 10-day period [during which time, among other things, she removed his spleen - - without anesthesia, of course], she let him live. She is now locked up in the forensic psychiatric services ward of the State Hospital.

    Six years later, now forty-one, Archie has only recently returned to work after two years on medical leave. He is called to a murder scene as the book opens; soon after another body is discovered with striking similarities. As Archie says about Portland, it is “known for its blush-tinted scenery, and its serial killers.” There is still a strong connection between Archie and Gretchen, and ultimately he accedes to her calls asking him to come see her, at which point she says she can help him find the killer. His scars, which still itch and sometimes bleed, are a constant reminder of her brutality, but he can no sooner escape them than he can the power and sexual pull she still exerts over him.

    The characters in the series are vividly drawn, and fully fleshed out. Susan Ward, reappearing three months after being fired from the local newspaper, the Herald, still very attracted to Archie; Susan’s mother, Bliss, a former hippie, whose “eyes looked sparkly and spacey, like an anesthetized rabbit;” Henry, Archie’s best friend and partner, himself recovering from a narrow escape from death, and trying without much success to keep his relationship with a fellow cop under wraps; Leo Reynolds, an attorney and the son of a drug kingpin whose sister’s killer Archie had caught; among others.

    In trademark fashion, as the investigation proceeds and the solution is in sight, the tight plotting grabs the reader by the throat and doesn’t let go till the end, and the author pulls off one unexpected twist after another. And lest you think the book is entirely comprised of graphic violence, be assured that there are regular doses of humor in these pages.

    Parenthetically, in case you’re wondering, the title of this book comes from a couplet: “Sweet as sugar, hard as ice, hurt me once, I’ll kill you twice.” If this is your introduction to the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, you’ll understand it better after you read the book – not necessarily an easy read, certainly, but a highly recommended one. The next book in the series, “Let Me Go,’ is due out in August of 2013, and I for one can’t wait!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    This book was good enough to make you want to find out whodunit,

    This book was good enough to make you want to find out whodunit, but I couldn't really take it too seriously. Good entertainment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Another awesome work from Chelsea Cain!

    Chelsea Cain just gets better and better. Now how long do I have to wait for the next one?!

    Another amazing Gretchen/Archie story - great characters, awkward moments and plot twists aplenty - REALLLLLY?! Sweet :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Excellent

    I couldn't wait for the new book to be released and it was, as all Chelsea Cain's books are, a treat. The depth of the characters is practically tangible; I especially liked getting to know Bliss and Susan better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Very good book. Only some connections between characters were no

    Very good book. Only some connections between characters were not
    obvious to me but that is because I did not read the books that preceded
    this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    ANOTHER GREAT INSTALLMENT IN THIS SERIES!!!

    Ohhhh, Chelsea Cain, how I love these books. I am completely hooked.

    To fans that were disappointed with the last book for the lack of the Gretchen/Archie aspect, GRETCHEN IS BACK!!!! I have loved all of these books, but the last one was a little different than the first three. This books jumps right back into the intense relationship between Archie and Gretchen, and we also get to see the growing relationship (?????) happening between Susan and Archie. Is Archie really healing?

    The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that I have to wait so long for the next one and this author does have a great way of letting you know there are more to come (cliff hanger)!!!!!!!! I do soooooo hate waiting.

    This is Chelsea Cain on top of her game. Thanx again Ms. Cain for another wonderfully tense suspenseful book. I loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

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    Chelsea Cain has done it again. I absolutely love this series an

    Chelsea Cain has done it again. I absolutely love this series and this might be one of the best. The only bad thing is the wait for the next book. Highly recommend this book and the entire series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Non-stop blood, gore and ugliness are not necessary to produce a

    Non-stop blood, gore and ugliness are not necessary to produce a good mystery. Good writing would suffice. I got through the first 50 or more pages of this and threw the book out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Do you have any drain cleaner?  Of the five Archie Sheridan/Gret

    Do you have any drain cleaner? 
    Of the five Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell novels I’ve read and loved, this one just might be my favorite. Not only is Gretchen back as a main character, but there are some major revelations about her past that shed light on the previous four stories. Susan, with all of her quirkiness, remains my favorite character, but I also enjoyed the interactions between Gretchen and Archie immensely. As for this new neighbor Rachel? Well I don’t trust her at all. And just like a great season ending episode of your favorite TV show, this one will leave you panting for book six.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    Kill you Twice - Gretchen's BAAAAACCCCCKKKKKK! For a more in de

    Kill you Twice - Gretchen's BAAAAACCCCCKKKKKK!

    For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals!

    I was slightly a little disappointed after reading The Night Season compared to the other books in Chelsea Cain's Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell series, but not disappointed enough to stop me from reading another book!  In true Chelsea Cain fashion, Kill You Twice definitely lived up to all the hype that was built up in the other books in the series!




    I was glad to see that Gretchen Lowell was back in Kill You Twice, and as in the first few books, she holds back nothing!  She is back to her truly psychotic ways and I LOVE IT!  Cain sure knows how to write a totally sick book!  She never fails to leave me reeling and wondering, who thinks of this stuff, but gosh I love it!  Does that make me demented as well?  The more sick and twisted the plot, the more I enjoy it, and Kill You Twice fell right into that!




    I enjoy that each book is a character builder and lets us see a little bit more about a particular character!  The more I read about Archie, Gretchen, Susan, Henry and Claire, the more I want to keep reading!  I think the characters in this series have got to be the most diverse, unique set of characters that I have ever read.  I mean seriously, I don't think anyone else is capable of creating such greatness in characters.




    The narrator, Christina Delaine, did this series much more justice than she did in The Night Season, and was easy to listen to and follow in this book.  She did the characters justice and was a great reader, especially given the content of what she was reading!  Great job! 




    Overall, I am so glad that this series picked back up from the last book.  All too often, I find that the deeper you get into the series, the worst each book gets, and I was totally afraid that was what was going to happen with this series, but oh how Chelsea Cain pulled it off again!  I am so thrilled to have read this book and can't wait to check out the next (and last for now) book in this series, Let Me Go!

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    Another great Archie/Gretchen adventure!

    The dynamic between between Archie and Gretchen is back and its as enjoyable as ever. Chelsea Cain delivers again and rebounds from the last installment's low points. Delving into Gretchen's personal history and tying it to the present was fantastic. Archie's road to recovery, both medical and mental, is a great read and seeing how he deals with those around him during this is spectacular. The crimes in this are as gruesome as ever and the other antagonist(s) other than Gretchen are serious, the mystery and dots are connected too quickly. I really enjoyed it all but the read could have been a little longer to elongate the suspense. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    highly recomend

    This series is the best!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Cant wait for the next

    Love all of the books in the series! So good!

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    I devoured this one! It was reminiscent of the first book and th

    I devoured this one! It was reminiscent of the first book and the plot was right back on target.
    Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Highly Recommend!!!!!

    Kept me hooked! Couldn't stop reading and I can't wait for the next one!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    4.5

    Great book...love the characters...cant wait for more!!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Cain/Gretchen Captivating

    After reading the 3 preceeding Sheridan/Lowell novels (I did not read "The Night Season"), I am as enthralled with Gretchen Lowell and her hold over Archie as when I first met her. In fact after reading "Kill You Twice," I was inspired to go back and re-read both "Heartsick" an "Sweatheart." I can almost hear Gretchen purr, "Hello, Darling."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    When looking for an amazing thriller writer look no further than

    When looking for an amazing thriller writer look no further than Chelsea Cain. I absolutely LOVE Gretchen! How Ms. Cain is able to make her readers LOVE a serial killer is a mystery to me. I cannot wait for more of Archie and Gretchen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT.....JUST LOST A FAN...REALLY????AGAIN

    I read the first one, could not put it down...second one, just a good, great buildup of the characters...by the third, it became kinda of really??? you want us to buy that even in fiction??? fourth was great because she was barely there and you got into the other characters more. I found the first four to be very VERY interesting, and could not wait for the next. but at 12.99??? sorry, just lost a fan. The end was so unbelievly ridiculous and hmmmm can you say..BEEN THERE...DONE THAT FOUR OTHER TIMES...sorry, but with the economy, the amount of authors, I think my money is better spent on NOT reading the same thing over and over. I made that mistake with the Eve Duncan Series....never again. If you can't keep it fresh and your characters interesting WITHOUT the unbelievable ridiculous cling to the same thing...I think it best for someone to move on and since you did in book four but returned to the same in book five, I guess it should be me.

    SPOILER ALERT....do not read if you have not read the book. T

    We are to believe that in such a short time she went from becoming this haggish female to suddenly looking like her darling self. We are to believe that she could literally AGAIN get free from someplace...I know because they didnt learn the first time right? Because she hadnt already done that, killed them again and gotten away??? Really...the place is surrounded by SWAT, FBI and every cop in the county and Archie is right there with the blast, but she gets away???? come on...she is not the invisible woman and

    YOU LOST A FAN and our book club will end your series here.

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