The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #4)

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He captured the Beauty Killer, one of the most deranged serial killers in the country. Now, Portland police detective Archie Sheridan faces a different kind of killer—a brutal rain season that has flooded the Willamette River, claiming ...

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Overview

“SCALPEL-SHARP…It grabs you like a deadly undertow and doesn’t let go.”

Parade magazine (Parade Picks)

He captured the Beauty Killer, one of the most deranged serial killers in the country. Now, Portland police detective Archie Sheridan faces a different kind of killer—a brutal rain season that has flooded the Willamette River, claiming several lives. As water levels rise, so does the fear. Because some of the victims didn’t drown—they were murdered.

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

Kirkus Reviews

The first body contains a rare poison. Three others prove to be murders as well. And with each gruesome discovery the medical examiner uncovers, Archie begins to realize he has not escaped his nightmares—even with his deadliest enemy behind bars. The flood has washed up old skeletons from the past. And a ruthless new serial killer rules the night…

“HEART-STOPPING.”Publishers Weekly (a Top 10 Mystery of the Year)

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Oregon detective Archie Sheridan and local journalist Susan Ward team up again in this extreme weather thriller. As heavy rains pound Portland, apparent drowning victims keep surfacing on the Willamette River. While others tremble before the steadily rising waters, the sleuth and reporter come to the harsh realization that a serial killer is loose and hiding behind nature's merciless torrents. Chelsea Cain's fourth Archie Sheridan mystery (Heartsick; Sweetheart; Evil at Heart) builds its intensity and suspense by rapid cuts between the ominous gathering flood and the dangerous manhunt. One of our most talented young mystery writers.

Zoe Slutzky
…the world that Cain creates is as dark and ominous as ever. The novel's greatest menace is the weather, which transforms Portland's familiar topography into something less than welcoming. Flooded and obscured by rain, the city becomes wild, unknowable…When the storm nearly levels its downtown, the sudden shifts in perspective are vertiginous, and thrilling. This is the mood that Cain has mastered: the dread of knowing something is off, but not being able to see it clearly. It is what presses her readers onward, pulses rising along with the waterline.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
If Cain's new crime novel is to be believed, you don't want to be in Portland, Ore., when the Willamette River rises over its banks. Spunky reporter Susan Ward and depressed police detective Archie Sheridan spend most of the book slogging through slush or swimming for their lives while on the track of a serial killer who uses incurable octopi toxin to dispatch his victims. Putting Archie's homicidal paramour Gretchen Lowell behind bars has allowed Cain to reinvigorate the series, which includes bringing the likable Susan to the fore. This not only makes for a snappier story, it takes advantage of Christina Delaine's inspired interpretation of the ditsy, self-effacing, surprisingly professional reporter and intuitive sleuth. Her sotto voce, monotone Archie is on the money, too. He sounds as if he's still a long way from recovering from the mental and physical damage caused by Lowell. Near the book's end, Susan is locked in the killer's basement with a dead policeman, up to her waist in river water stocked with the deadly mollusks. Author and narrator combine to make it a memorably chilling moment in one of the series' better entries. A Minotaur hardcover. (Mar.)
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“A suspenseful story of buried secrets and the tales that long-dead men can tell, The Night Season comes alive from Christina Delaine’s stellar narrative performance. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys listening to a good, spine-chilling mystery.” – The Midwest Book Review

“…Christine Delaine’s inspired interpretation of the ditsy, self-effacing, surprisingly professional reporter and intuitive sleuth. Her sotto voce, monotone Archie, is on the money, too. He sounds as if he’s still a long way from recovering from the mental and physical damage caused by Lowell.”–Publishers Weekly

“Christina Delaine’s expert portrayal of the lead female character is spot on…Delaine also does a credible job with the lead male character, Archie…He has been badly injured, and Delaine rises to the challenge of giving voice to his damaged throat and developing pneumonia…the overall tension, humor, and pathos remain strong.” – AudioFile Magazine

 Praise for the hardcover edition of The Night Season

“Superb…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…. Terrifying.”

Booklist (starred review)

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

Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Chelsea Cain

Evil at Heart

“She’s the most twisted—and most beautiful—serial killer on the planet, and she’s back.… It’s not to be missed.”

USA Today

“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

Sweetheart

“We’ve been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these two books shouldn’t work...but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain’s ferocious sense of humor.”

—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“The forces that conspired to make Cain’s Heartsick a bestselling page-turner last year have reunited in its sequel.... With her preternatural grasp of pacing and ability to create vivid characters with astonishing economy, Cain expertly drives her narrative.”

Los Angeles Times

Heartsick

“Steamy and perverse.”

The New York Times

Library Journal
Portland, OR, is shutting down owing to torrential rains and rising floodwaters, but Det. Archie Sheridan can't come in because the dead body count is rising quickly, too. Conventional wisdom says these are drowning victims, but when colleague Henry Sobol is felled by a toxin, we realize a serial killer has devised yet another exotic means of death. Intrepid journalist Susan Ward thinks the victims are tied to the historic floods of 1948, and when the clues fall into place, Archie realizes she's right again. Fighting the weather and a crafty killer means they have to win this one the hard way—by swimming. The team continues to be haunted by their nemesis Gretchen Lowell, the so-called Beauty Killer, but her influence is minimal in Cain's fourth Archie Sheridan novel (Heartsick; Sweetheart; Evil at Heart), and this brings a certain freshness to the story line. VERDICT Perfect for readers who want to mix true crime history with their contemporary serial killers, as in Lisa Black's Trail of Blood or Michael Harvey's The Third Rail. The pace is as relentless as the floodwaters engulfing Portland. Buy heavily and enjoy recommending this to new Cain fans. [150,000-copy first printing; library marketing.]—Teresa L. Jacobsen, Solano Cty. Lib., Fairfield, CA
Kirkus Reviews

Finally free, at least physically, of his former lover and crazed torturer, Gretchen Lowell, who's behind bars, Portland Detective Archie Sheridan vies with a slightly more mundane serial killer in Cain's latest installment in the series (Heartsick, 2007, etc.).

Where do you go as a mystery writer after your beautiful, smart, cruelly amusing main attraction has pulled out all psychotic stops in making your star detective's life an unrelieved hell? Inthis volume, Cain gives Gretchen a breather and replaces her with a largely unseen male menace. Accompanied by a nine-year-old boy who was stolen from his parents 18 months ago, this serial killer carries around small, blue-ringed octopuses in baggies, subjects his victims to their poisonous bites and tosses the corpses in the river. The killings begin after the discovery of a skeleton points back to the Vanport flood of 1948, which wiped out an entire public-housing project and claimed the lives of many residents who were tardily warned by authorities of the impending disaster. Sixty-two years later, with the overflowing Willamette River about to wreak havoc on Portland, two people close to the still-shaky Sheridan are touched by the octopus killer's evil: Henry Sobol, a fellow cop, and Susan Ward, a hungry crime columnist with wild hair. Compared to the Gretchen Lowell books, there's nothing else particularly wild aboutthis novel.But the story is deftly handled, the suspense is plentiful and Cain's evocation of the gloomy atmosphere and Portland setting is superb. Gretchen fans will be pleased when she shows up at the end and with a glance tells us we haven't seen the last of her, but this novel does an excellent job of killing time until then.

A strong and satisfying, if less extreme, outing from the new queen of serial-killer fiction.

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Meet the Author

Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of Evil at Heart, Sweetheart, and Heartsick. Both Heartsick and Sweetheart were listed in Stephen King’s Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly. Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was “the boogieman” of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer’s capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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Chapter One

Present day

Technically, the park was closed.

But Laura knew a place where the wire fence was split, and she had let the Aussies through and then climbed over behind them. It looked like a pond. There was, in fact, no place muddier in the winter in Portland, Oregon, than West Delta Dog Park, and that was saying something.

The dogs ran ahead of her in the standing water, splashing it behind them, already matted with wet dirt and dead grass. Occasionally they turned to look back at her, their warm breath condensing in the January air.

Laura wiped her nose with the back of her hand. It was a terrible day to be out. Her rain pants were slick with rain, her trail runners were soaked. She’d spent the early morning sandbagging downtown and her back ached. The stress fracture in her foot stung. Stay off it for six weeks, the doctors had said. As if.

The cloud cover hung so low that the tops of the trees seemed to brush it.

She loved this.

The worst weather, body aching. Nothing could keep her inside. Biking. Running. Walking the dogs. She was out there every day, no matter what. Not like all those poseurs who came out in the summer in their REI sun shirts and ran along the esplanade with their iPods and swinging elbows. Where were they in the dead of winter? At the gym, that’s where.

God, Laura hated those people.

Franklin glanced back at her, wagged his stubby tail, barked once, flattened his ears, and took off across the old road to the slough. It was their usual route. Penny, the puppy, stuck closer to Laura, zipping ahead ten feet and then circling back.

Laura heard it then. She had heard it all along, but it had faded to white noise, an ambient sound, like a jet passing overhead.

The Columbia Slough.

She knew it would be high. They’d had a ton of snow in December. Then it had warmed up and started to rain. That meant snowmelt from the mountains. Lots of it. The storm drains were backed up. The Willamette was near flood stage. The local news was live with it day and night; they were considering evacuating downtown. But that was the Willamette. Miles away.

As Laura rounded the corner, past the trees, where the old concrete pavilion sat sinking into the slough bank, she was aware of her mouth opening.

In the summer, the slough was still and flat, blanketed by algae so thick it looked solid enough to walk on. That slough was so stagnant that Laura was surprised anything could survive in it. That slough looked like a bucket of water that had been left on the back porch all summer.

This slough was alive. It moved like something angry and afraid, churning fast and high. Whitewater swept along the bank, pulling up debris and washing it downriver. Laura saw a branch get sucked into the water and lost sight of it in an instant as it was swallowed by the seething froth.

Franklin was up ahead, nosing along the old concrete pavilion at the slough’s bank. He whined and gave her a look.

She called his name and slapped her thigh. “Let’s get out of here,” she said.

He turned to come to her. He’d been a rescue dog. Her husband had found him on the Internet. He’d been kept in some barn in Idaho, given little food and no human comfort. It had taken them years to teach him to trust people. And it filled Laura with pride to know that he had turned into such a good dog.

Even with the noise of the slough, he’d heard her. He’d turned to come.

And that’s when it happened.

Did he slip? Did the slough rise up suddenly and take him? She didn’t know.

He was looking right at her, and in a second he was gone.

It took her a moment to move. And then she snapped into action.

Her dog was not going to die. Not like this. She ran. She didn’t think about the stress fracture. The sore back. The raging river. She ran to the edge of the bank, scanning the water for him, as Penny barked fiercely at her heels.

Her heart leapt. She saw him. A glimpse—a wet mound of fur struggling in froth. He was already moving down the river, but he was alive, his black nose just above water.

She had several options.

Maybe if Franklin hadn’t been looking her in the eye when it happened she would have considered more of them. She would have called for help, or run alongside the river, or tied a rope around her waist.

She knew what happened to people who went into water after pets.

They died.

But Laura had seen something in Franklin’s brown eyes. He’d looked right at her.

“Stay,” she said to Penny.

And she plunged into the cold water after him.

Laura’s first sensation, in the rushing dirty sludge, was of not being able to breathe. She’d been hit by a car once, on her bike. It was like that. Like having all the air forced out of you by an impact of steel and concrete. Laura forced herself to take a deep breath, filling her lungs, and she tried to orient herself. Her head was above water, her wet braid around her neck. She was already turned around, already ten feet away from Penny, fifteen, twenty. The roar of the slough was unrelenting. Twigs and branches snapped against Laura’s face in the current, stinging her skin. Penny stood barking at the shore, pawing at the ground. Until Laura couldn’t hear her anymore.

Where was Franklin?

Laura struggled to see him, but at water level all she could see was more water. She was fifty feet away from Penny now. Sixty. She couldn’t see. She couldn’t see the shore. Just the sky, dark clouds, above her.

Float.

Cold water survival. You lost heat swimming.

Just float.

She took a deep breath and lifted her hands, already numb, foreign, like they belonged to someone else, and she spread her arms and bobbed on her back, and let the current take her.

The current had taken Franklin.

It would take her to him.

Cold water filled her ears. They ached. Her teeth chattered, the sound lost in the roar of the slough. Her clothes felt heavy, filled with water, dragging her down.

And then she heard him.

Laura rolled over and used the last of her strength to fight her way through the current toward the whimper. He was there, caught against the roots of a fallen tree, the water trapping him. He saw her and his ears perked up, and his paws paddled in vain toward her.

She got to him.

She didn’t know how.

She got to him and wrapped her arms around his neck. He could have fought her. Animals did that. Panicked. But he didn’t. He went limp. He went limp into her arms, and she was able to use the tree as leverage and push her heels into the silt at the bottom of the slough, and she managed to somehow inch them both to the muddy riverbank.

She collapsed beside him in the mud, still holding on to him, still not letting him go. Her heart was pounding. They were soaked. Franklin whined and licked her face.

They’d made it.

She rolled onto her back, almost giddy. They were alive. She’d like to see one of those fair- weather esplanade runners survive something like this.

Franklin shook the water from his mangy coat and Laura turned away, lifting a hand over her face. “Hey, boy,” she said. “Easy.”

He growled, his upper lip tightening. He was looking at something behind her.

“What?” she said.

Franklin’s eyes narrowed, still focused over Laura’s shoulder.

She shivered. Whether it was from cold or fear, she didn’t know.

Laura turned around.

In the mud of the bank, partially exposed, was a human skeleton.

NIGHT SEASON Copyright © 2011 by Chelsea Cain

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Great

    I cannot wait until the new ones come out. I love this author. Especially the ones about gretchen lowell. Shes evil! Hurry please!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Missing the usual bite!

    Chelsea Cain has always been able to enrapture me with her characters. Their personalities, dialogue, and rationales. Here, it seems to lack a bunch of that. The lack of Gretchen Lowell in this is somewhat like Silence Of The Lambs without Hannibal Lecter. While there is a villain, it just doesn't compare. I felt there just wasn't enough to this book. Not enough Archie and Susan. While what was there I enjoyed, it just didn't live up to the previous books. The antagonist here was without any real charisma or interest. His motivation and especially his weapon of choice weren't interesting. I don't want it to seem that I didn't like this book, it just doesn't compare favorably to the previous three books. With all that I still have faith that the next time I read about Archie and Susan I will be pleased.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Enjoyable mystery

    Heavy rains have caused the Williamette River in Portland, Oregon to flood the city. Det. Archie Sheridan has just learned that one of the recent drowning victims actually died from poisoning before going into the rising water.

    When the medical examiner discovers that more of the presumed drowning victims actually met the same fate, Sheridan finds himself in a search for a serial killer. The killer is using a very unusual way to harm his victims, a deadly toxin from an exotic octopus sting.

    Sheridan heroically rescues a young boy from the floodwaters, only to have the boy disappear from the hospital. As Sheridan races against time to find the killer, he believes the child is tied into the case. Having lost her day job, reporter Susan Ward follows Archie throughout the investigation. It's obvious that there is an attraction between Sheridan and Ward, but since I haven't read any of Cain's other novels, it's hard to tell what the connection is.

    The murder weapon in Ms. Cain's novel was just a little too far-fetched to be believable. However, THE NIGHT SEASON is a well written light mystery and I liked that Cain incorporated the true story of the Vanport Flood on Memorial Day in 1948. Lynn Kimmerle

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    great book

    I was a little worried that a book without Gretchen would be lacking but that is not the case. She is still there due to the fact that Archie carries her with him always. Susan may have a little too much access to the police world but she is fun as a character. Over all this book kept my attention and continues the story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2011

    Would not recommend.

    Seriously, this was a disappointment. All other books have been great reads.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Cephalopod chat rooms?  I like this book, but not as much as the

    Cephalopod chat rooms? 
    I like this book, but not as much as the previous three, and for one very big reason. The “star” of these stories, Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, is relegated to background status while Archie and Susan are off investigating a new case. Not that the story isn’t interesting, or that the twists and turns aren’t there (in fact I really like the way the town was flooding through the whole narrative), it’s just that I miss Gretchen in this one. I’m not sure what that says about me, but this feels like more of a side story than a direct sequel to Evil at Heart. It’s worth reading though, It’s not like you were going to skip this one and go right to book five were you?

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    The Night Season - Not my Favorite of the Series To see a more

    The Night Season - Not my Favorite of the Series

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    The Night Season was not my favorite book in the Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell series, however, it wasn't a horrible book by any stretch of the imagination! 




    Chelsea Cain quickly became my go-to author when I needed a really good head screwing and am craving a psychological thriller! She is phenomenal at writing totally off-the-wall plots that leaves you sitting back and wondering who the heck can come up with this stuff!! I've always been amazed at her detail and ability to leave you on the edge of your seat and keep your head shaking throughout the entire book, and The Night Season is no different!




    This is the first book of Cain's that the narrator, Christine Delaine has read, and I must admit that at first, she wasn't my favorite narrator. I think the change in narrator compared to what I had been used to in the first books of the series, was the first dramatic difference in me liking this book less than I did the others. I don't think that this narrator did a bad job, I just think that the original narrator, Carolyn McCormick, was such a fantastic fit for this series, that I had a hard time adjusting mid-series! I think it was just big shoes for Ms. Delaine to fill!




    The plot of this book wasn't as exciting to me as the others and I did find myself having a hard time following it throughout the first part of the book. Once I got through a little of the book, it did seem to pick up and I didn't have as hard of a time finishing it as I originally thought I was going to! 




    Cain has created an awesome ensemble of characters in this series and I really enjoy following them throughout the different books and learning what happens to each character as they go. Each book is a character building book, and we get to really get up close and personal with Susan in The Night Season, as well as getting to learn more about Archie and his relationship with Gretchen! We also learn more about Archie's co-workers, Henry and Claire! 




    Overall, this book does not deter me one bit from continuing on in this series, so I am very interested to see what else Chelsea Cain comes up with in Kill You Twice! As with every series that a person reads, I am sure there is one book or another that you do not favor, and this was my book of this series! I can't wait to see what else Cain has in store for her readers!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Where is she

    Not as good as the first two but a thrill

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Love all of her books

    Another good read. Intriguing and a nice change from her other books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Highly Recommend!!!!

    Wonderful! Couldn't put the book down the whole time I was reading it!!!!!

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    great,fast read

    i'd forgotten i'd already read it (had bought the hardcover) but read it again anyway, as it was that good. love the mystery and evil vs good stuff that plagues each of her stories. waiting for the next one.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Some might like it, others wont

    If you picked this book up to read more on Gretchen, you won’t find much about her. She is mentioned but not until literally, the last pages of the book. Anyhow, I thought this was a nice break away from Gretchen (you can only drag her out for how many books?) and focuses on a much different serial killer. I really enjoyed reading about this new mystery killer, but the setting and the floods add to an already dark and sinister setting. The floods themselves do add more action and suspense (especially towards the end) so I thought this was a nice addition to an already dark setting. The pace of this plot was really good, and the short chapters makes the reading go much faster than usual. I like how there are no lulls in the plot. Although the sub plot with Susan Ward is not as interesting, it’s still related to the main storyline and provides more background information that is important to understanding the plot. There are quite a few moments of total suspense and thrills. The ending and the revealing of the killer had a lot of action sequences, and as mentioned before, the floods add more to the action and suspense. There was one particular moment in the book where I feared for a character (not going to reveal, am trying to keep this spoiler free!). The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the way the killer killed his victims. It’s a little far fetched and perhaps to some readers, they might find it silly. It’s different, and I have not read anything like this. Although I found it a little unbelievable, it’s still interesting and still worth reading. I’m glad there’s a break from Gretchen. For a moment I thought this Gretchen thing might drag and just might make the series go downhill. It may disappoint some readers, but this plot was well done, the characters are consistent, and I think it’s worth the read. With a tiny cliffhanger ending, I am curious to find out what happens next to Archie and Susan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    MISSED GRETCHEN, BUT STLL A GREAT READ!!

    I thought that the lack of Gretchen in this book would make it less of a read than the last three in this series. Gretchen still lies behind the scenes in everything that is Archie. I am glad to see that she will be coming back as a major player in the next installment, but this story worked well with her more behind the scenes. It was more of an Archie story and where he is in his stage of recovery from his time with Gretchen. It was still a fast exciting read for me.

    LOVE THIS AUTHOR, LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!! SPD

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    The Excellence Continues!

    I've read all of the previous Gretchen Lowell books, and this one did not disappoint. I am eagerly awaiting the next one.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Disappointed!!!

    Wrote the author because the first, second and third books were so engrossing that I couldnt put them down. They are DEFINITELY the kind of intense books that thrill lovers are looking for!!!!!! Was waiting for the same intensity with this one and was severly let down....:( I've been all around town touting how marvelous of a writer Chelsea Cain is and I will still do so, but can you please, please, please come out with another tortuous, intense, captivating book that we all crave?

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

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    Great new begining-thank you!

    Thank God the Beauty Killer is behind bars-I couldn't take a fourth book of Archie being ravaged.

    This Chelsea Cain book takes a look at another serial killer and gives her hero Archie Sheridan another purpose in life. The same quirky characters are in this book and you develop feelings for each of them without feeling the pull from the past 3 storylines. It was easy for me to fall in love with Susan Ward, the reporter who tags along in every book. She just can't leave well enough alone and it always gets her in trouble. She's a smart cookie though and we pull for her the entire time.

    Thank you Chelsea for not carving Archie up again. Good read. Fast paced with plenty of suspense.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    3 1/2 Stars -- Enjoyable But Much Less Intense Than The Other Books In The Series!

    The city of Portland, OR is in crisis, as heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River and several people have drowned in the rising waters. Or, at least that's what was thought until the medical examiner discovers that the latest victim didn't drown. She was poisoned before she went into the water. Soon after, three of those drownings are also proven to be murders. As a result, Portland has a new killer on its hands, and Detective Archie Sheridan, the protagonist from Cain's first three books, and his task force have a new case. The Night Season also brings back Reporter Susan Ward who is chasing the story of the new serial killer, as well as another lead for an entirely separate mystery.

    Prior to reading the latest installment from Chelsea Cain, I was hoping she would be able to provide at least the same level of intense drama as in her earlier books. Unfortunately, while The Night Season is fast-paced, provides a good amount of excitement and (for the most part)interesting main characters, it, for me, lacked the fever pitch that made me unable to put down the earlier books. Despite its various scenes of excitement, the book's story line and characters never captivated me enough to put reading it above most other things I had to do. Mainly, this is due to my becoming increasingly annoyed with Reporter Susan Ward, who displays an unbelievable amount of stupidity -- okay, maybe I should say naivete -- for a person that is considered to be a respected and experienced crime reporter. This is also due to the motivations of the murderer not being made important enough for me to care a lot about, and of the method chosen for committing the murders being both over the top and somewhat gimmicky.

    Overall, despite what I view as its flaws, The Night Season is fairly entertaining and enjoyable. It is not, however, a book that I'd recommend that you rush out to read. Maybe, get it from the library or wait for it to come out in paperback.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    WORST BOOK I'VE EVER READ

    I recently started reading mrs cains books.over the past month. I've read all her books. needless to say that I felt her lastest book "The night season" was a hugh disappointment.what the hell a seven yearold could have done a better job,and probably has. really, a octopus? tiny keys? a kidnapping? only to bring gretchen lowell in at the end. Mrs. cain should thank all the people-total three pages- for even letting her write this piece of crap . I read anywere from twenty to thirty books a month. this HAS TO BE THE WORST BOOK I'VE EVER READ. IF POSSIBLE I WOULD GO BACK TO THE BOOKSTORE AND DEMAND MY MONEY BACK.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    Fast Paced and interesting

    Review: I really enjoyed this book. Wow, it grabbed me right from the start and just kept hold. It is a few books along in a series(4th) but I had no problem catching up to what was going on and the relationships between the characters.

    The detective is recovering from a brutal beating and hostage situation from one of the previous books, the reporter is struggling with her feelings for him and with the book she is writing. She's also quite quirky and many on the police force and her own colleagues find her a bit over the top and pushy. I found her funny and a bit scary (eating the Jolly Ranch from the table, really?) The other characters add a level of believability, but still are secondary to the ongoing story. Even the long time detective friends and partners are just part of the scenery in this story.

    This story moved fast, just like the flooding river. It started in 1949 and then ended in the present. I enjoyed the way the past introduced the problems in the future and the guilt of those who knew the truth. I've been to Portland several times and this was a fun reminder of the area. Of course I have only been there when it isn't flooding and icy cold (just in the sunny summer).

    The book was dark with the theme and with the rain soaked streets and people. The murder weapon was unique and different. It really kept my attention and I didn't put it down. I would suggest this and her other titles to anyone who loves a good police procedural murder mystery.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Enjoyable

    I love Archie, Susan and Gretchen. Susan made Night Season. I missed Gretchen in this novel. I wish she could have been more than just a comic book air bubble here.

    Night Season is a good book not as much gore as in the other novels but was happy to see Archie getting stronger. Can't wait to see what Chelsea does with Archie and Susan. Looking forward to new hair colors by Susan in the next book, which I can't wait to read.

    If your new to this series start at the beginning, Heartsick. You won't be sorry!

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