Kill you twice : [an Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell novel] / Chelsea Cain.
Booklist Reviews 2012 May #1
*Starred Review* In The Night Season (2011), Cain proved that she could write a superb thriller without the presence of her signature character, the "Beauty Killer," Gretchen Lowell, who wreaked havoc through the first three novels in the series that costars Portland, Oregon, police detective Archie Sheridan. Well, Gretchen is back, and she's better—and badder—than ever. Archie is healing, slowly, from all the wounds, physical and psychological, that Gretchen has inflicted upon him, and Gretchen is safely ensconced in the Oregon State Mental Hospital (well, safely may be a stretch). Then Archie gets a call from Gretchen's psychiatrist with a message that the killer Archie is hunting is after Gretchen's child. A child? Gretchen? This is news, to be sure, and though Archie is reluctant to believe anything that pours from the Beauty Killer's ruby-red lips, he realizes, as he digs into the case, that he's rummaging about in the early life of Gretchen Lowell. Every time we start to wonder if Cain has gone as far as she can go with the Gretchen-Archie danse macabre, she surprises us with something utterly fresh and compelling. By telling the story of how Gretchen came to be the Beauty Killer, but telling it in the context of a present-day murder with ties to the past—and making plenty of room for the series' stellar cast of supporting characters, reporter Susan Ward and her wacky mother, Bliss, among them—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 building tension as we wait for the narrative to burst into overdrive once again. Masterful on every level. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cain hits the road for this one, with a national author tour supported by, well, everything the modern world has got to offer; 150,000 first printing. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2012 June #2
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[Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2012 June #3
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.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC