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by Chelsea Cain
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Will not be buying any more of this series. It's just not my kind of mystery/suspense. ( )
Aechie Sherridan was lead detective hunting serial killer Gretchen Lowell only to be caught by her first. Gretchen holds Archie for ten days torturing him and leaving Archie a drug addicted and psycological mess. Gretchen lets Archie go calling 911 and turning herself in. Susan,a newspaper reporter, is assigned to do a story on Archie and winds up tangeled in Archie and Gretchen's sick prison love. Archie comes out of medical retirement to hunt down a new serial killer. The three story lines in the book, Archie-Gretchen,Susan and the new serial killer almost remind the reader of Silence of the Lambs. A well written detective thriller if you don't mind a little gore.
Wow! This book was an awesome read!
A small backstory:
Detective Archie Sheridan has his own personal demons to contend with as he tries to solve a case of young women disappearing and being murdered. While he is on the hunt for the killer, he has to relive another case he worked on that included a psycho serial killer, Gretchen Lowell who is now in prison.
That case took a lot out of him as he spent a few years on it trying to catch Gretchen and he also had to endure some torture, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally along the way. He is still enduring the emotional and mental state as he still is wrapped up with Gretchen. He can't seem to break free from her as he still takes the time to go see her in prison, which makes the book more intriguing as it gives the book more depth of just what Archie went through as he hunted her down.
A reporter, Susan, wants to do a feature article on Archie and what he went through to capture Gretchen, so she kind of tags along with him while he tries to solve the murder case of the young women. What they both experience as they try to work their way closer to the killer is something that will tests their inner resolves to see the job done. They both have to come to grips with their own demons from the past to get through to the closing chapter of their present lives.
There are many twists and turns along the way throughout the whole book. Very gripping, suspenseful, and in some parts of the book twisted! Also there are a few characters to get attached to in this book and the book moves along at a great pace along with an opening bang in the first chapter.
A small warning for readers: There is some torture and gore in this book, so if you cannot handle it then this book might not be for you, but for those of you that like those kind of books, then by all means pick this one up as you will not be disappointed! Five "gripping" stars!
Parts were slow but overall a good read. I did not figure out all the connections before they happened . The characters are likeable and I would say the suspense moderate. I enjoyed figuring out the cop Archie and hope to see Susan the reporter in future books.
I had these books for years but donated them when we moved. What was I thinking!!? So, listened to this on audio which was excellent! It's definitely not for the faint of heart, especially when it flashes back to when Gretchen had kidnapped the lead detective, Archie Sheridan! On to book 2! I will think twice before donating any of my books that I haven't read!
Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, and then mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away, while Archie is in prison of another kind-- addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to reveal the whereabouts of more of her victims.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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