The Night Season
By Chelsea Cain
(Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312619770, 352pp.)
Publication Date: November 29, 2011
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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 several lives. As water levels rise, so does the fear. Because some of the victims didn't drown--they were murdered.
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…
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.
High-octane…quick-paced…frightening…The world that Cain creates is as dark and ominous as ever….This is the mood that Cain has mastered: the dread of knowing that something is off…It is what presses her readers onward, pulses racing.
The Night Season 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 go.
The suspense is plentiful and Cain's evocation of the gloomy atmosphere and Portland setting is superb…excellent…the new queen of serial-killer fiction.
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 withough Gretchen on every page."--Publishers Weekly (A Top 10 Mystery of the Year)"Chelsea Cain has a scary talent for creating twisted characters…deliciously creepy.
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.
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.
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.
Remember the old debate about which is mightier, the pen or the scalpel? In Evil at Heart, both are in the same hands, and both cut all the way to the bone.
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.
The narrative bounces along with Cain's trademark mix of tight plotting, creepy characters, and body parts.
Cain continues to display her remarkable ability to probe the psyches of her characters... Popular entertainment--the kind that mixes crime, horror, and even a little black comedy--just doesn't get much better than this.
We've been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these books shouldn't work...but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain's ferocious sense of humor. The Portland (Ore.) setting is refreshing, too.
Sensual and engulfing…keeps us turning the pages.
Superb...With its brisk pacing, carefully metered violence and tortured hero, Cain's sophomore effort will leave readers desperate for more.
Cain's debut Heartsick had even the most jaded thriller fans sleeping with the lights on. She tells an equally frightening story in Sweetheart.
"Profoundly creepy and disturbing."
A sharp psychological inquiry into evil and obsession, as well as a deeply unhealthy love story.
Sweetheart is not afraid to explore damage too severe to be undone.
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.
"[Cain] pushes the form to an undeniably persuasive and irresistible guilty pleasure."
There are numerous thrills to be had.
Chelsea Cain is a rising star…Sweetheart reunites the characters of her terrific hit debut [and] advances the Archie-Gretchen relationship exotically and dramatically.
The writing style, combined with a Thomas Harris-like relish for human gore, translated into a remarkably fresh and exciting thriller that didn't miss the opportunities for laughs in the midst of the carnage.
A distinctive and disturbing novel that blurs the lines between suspense fiction and psychological suspense…Mystery fans who enjoy their whodunits decidedly creepy should thoroughly enjoy this fast-paced and downright gruesome psychological thriller.
Move over, Hannibal Lecter! Chelsea Cain's thriller boasts a wicked new serial murderer…one of the most seductive and original psychopaths since Hannibal…In addition to spiky characters, Cain has a crisp voice, a wicked sense of humor, and an imagination for all the horrors that can unfold in a locked basement…a profoundly creepy thriller.
Readers will feel Archie's exquisite pain, and they'll relate to the troubled young reporter…An excellent choice for mystery readers who like to be creeped out.
Thoroughly engaging… The journey to the end of Heartsick is more pleasure than pain.
It does the Hannibal Lecter genre proud. You'll find yourself waiting anxiously for the planned next book in the series.
Heartsick is a very different, and a very good, novel…The twisted tale of Archie and Gretchen is enough to hold any novel together, but Cain adds a perfectly detailed hunt to the mix…There are more books to come in this series. I can hardly wait.
One of the most original serial-killer thrillers to appear in several years…Throw out all your assumptions about the sameness of serial-killer novels; this one breaks the mold… The thriller of the year.
The book puts such an original spin on [serial-killer novels] that Cain might as well have invented a new genre… It deserves a wide audience.
Outstanding…[Lowell] is as memorable a villain as Hannibal Lecter…A vivid literary style lifts this well above the usual run of suspense novels.
Cain creates a cleverly contorted thriller plot and characters with memorable personalities.
Packed with razor-edged character studies, realistic dialogue and an unyielding plot, Heartsick is on of the year's freshest and most original mysteries…The brisk plot never lets up as Cain keeps the suspense level high. Heartsick is a superb police procedural.
A gory suspense piece that is absolutely impossible to put down… Stylistically, this is great stuff for true-crime readers and for those who enjoy Jan Burke's Irene Kelly series. Recommended.
Dark, distressing and disturbing, Heartsick is also a triumph of the human heart. Just pray you never meet Gretchen.
An excellent choice for mystery readers who like to be creeped out.
I'm looking forward to the next adventure of this unlikely pair.