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The Night Season (edition 2011)

by Chelsea Cain

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Title:The Night Season
Authors:Chelsea Cain
Info:Minotaur Books (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Attack of the blue ringed octopuses!!

I can understand the complaints regarding Chelsea Cain's The Night Season. If you're a fan of the character Gretchen Lowell, then you're going to absolutely hate this novel. Gretchen doesn't appear until the end at it was very brief. As well as it should.

The Night Season is a very different novel from the previous three "heart" series as is evident due to the lack of the word heart anywhere in the title. That should have been the first clue right there.

Essentially, it was about a man using blue ringed octopuses to kill people. Once one of the octopuses bites you, the poison would cause cardiac arrest. Then this man would watch his victim die. Drowing on dry land. In the midst, Portland is being bombarded by massive flooding and cops die and Henry almost dies...yet Susan still survives.

I mean, she does drown at one point and does get fired from her job but still, it's not enough.

Archie was the healthiest, emotionally, than in the previous three. That was nice. It was very smart and prudent for Cain to switch it up like that because Gretchen is such a Mary Sue. It's nauseating. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Attack of the blue ringed octopuses!!

I can understand the complaints regarding Chelsea Cain's The Night Season. If you're a fan of the character Gretchen Lowell, then you're going to absolutely hate this novel. Gretchen doesn't appear until the end at it was very brief. As well as it should.

The Night Season is a very different novel from the previous three "heart" series as is evident due to the lack of the word heart anywhere in the title. That should have been the first clue right there.

Essentially, it was about a man using blue ringed octopuses to kill people. Once one of the octopuses bites you, the poison would cause cardiac arrest. Then this man would watch his victim die. Drowing on dry land. In the midst, Portland is being bombarded by massive flooding and cops die and Henry almost dies...yet Susan still survives.

I mean, she does drown at one point and does get fired from her job but still, it's not enough.

Archie was the healthiest, emotionally, than in the previous three. That was nice. It was very smart and prudent for Cain to switch it up like that because Gretchen is such a Mary Sue. It's nauseating. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
Attack of the blue ringed octopuses!!

I can understand the complaints regarding Chelsea Cain's The Night Season. If you're a fan of the character Gretchen Lowell, then you're going to absolutely hate this novel. Gretchen doesn't appear until the end at it was very brief. As well as it should.

The Night Season is a very different novel from the previous three "heart" series as is evident due to the lack of the word heart anywhere in the title. That should have been the first clue right there.

Essentially, it was about a man using blue ringed octopuses to kill people. Once one of the octopuses bites you, the poison would cause cardiac arrest. Then this man would watch his victim die. Drowing on dry land. In the midst, Portland is being bombarded by massive flooding and cops die and Henry almost dies...yet Susan still survives.

I mean, she does drown at one point and does get fired from her job but still, it's not enough.

Archie was the healthiest, emotionally, than in the previous three. That was nice. It was very smart and prudent for Cain to switch it up like that because Gretchen is such a Mary Sue. It's nauseating. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
[Cross-posted to Knite Writes]

I’ve seen people complaining about Gretchen not being in this one, but I honestly think it was a breath of fresh air compared the weirdness of book three. Cain does a good job showing how Archie operates when Gretchen isn’t in the picture, which is something it’s been really hard to ascertain thus far given Gretchen’s overwhelming influence on him.

I think it was interesting to see some Archie development that wasn’t directly related to his connection with Gretchen, especially concerning his feelings toward Susan, his team, Henry, and the kidnapped boy. We got to dig a lot deeper into Archie’s sacrificial hero complex and thoughts about himself as a leader. It’s a side of him that has long been overshadowed by his obsessiveness toward Gretchen and her mind games with him.

Of course, the whole octopus thing still makes me laugh every time I think about it. Seriously? A unique murder weapon, sure, but it’s kind of ridiculous to think about using that thing to actually kill people. I kept trying to picture it. It was a little out there.

And yet, I still found this one more plausible than book three. Take that as you will. ( )
  TherinKnite | Dec 11, 2013 |
Huh. Not as good as the rest of the series. The science-y stuff made absolutely no sense to me, characters were obviously set up just so we'd feel something when they were killed off, and NO GRETCHEN for nearly the entirety of the book.

I understand the need to expand on Archie and Susan's relationship, but it's a shame that in order for that to happen, Gretchen had to be left out completely. ( )
  KateBond | Sep 20, 2013 |
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REMEMBER: DIKES ARE SAFE AT PRESENT. YOU WILL BE WARNED IF NECESSARY. YOU WILL HAVE TIME TO LEAVE. DON'T GET EXCITED. --Statement issued by the Housing Authority of Portland to the people of Vanport, Oregon, on May 30, 1948
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With the Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Archie Sheridan—a Portland police detective and nearly one of her victims—can finally rest a little easier. Meanwhile, the rest of the city of Portland is in crisis. Heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the quickly rising waters. Or at least that’s what they 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. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case.

Reporter Susan Ward is chasing this story of a new serial killer with gusto, but she’s also got another lead to follow for an entirely separate mystery: The flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died more than sixty years ago, the last time Portland flooded this badly, when the water washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least fifteen people.

With Archie following the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch a killer and possibly regain his life, and Susan Ward close behind, Chelsea Cain—one of today’s most talented suspense writers—launches the next installment of her bestselling series with an electric thriller.

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River levels are high in Portland when a woman walking her dog comes across the skeleton of a young black man, murdered over fifty years ago. Journalist, Susan Ward investigates. Meanwhile, Detective Archie Sheridan and his team have turned their attention to child-killer Ryan Motley, trained by the notorious Gretchen Lowell. The task force must pursue a series of mysterious clues from Gretchen, one of which leads to a Vanport flood survivor, who happens to be the grandfather of a murdered child. Then, when another child is found murdered, Archie's investigation takes on a new urgency.… (more)

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