Let Me Go
By Chelsea Cain
(Minotaur Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312619824, 384pp.)
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
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"[A] masterful blend of psychological suspense and straight-up gore, chronicling the twisted bond between police detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell."--Criminal Element
Detective Archie Sheridan just has to get through the next few days, then his birthday and Halloween will be over. But with escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, the investigation into the murder of a DEA agent demanding his attention, and journalist Susan Ward showing up at his apartment needing a favor, it's going to be a long weekend.
"Grabs you like a deadly undertow and doesn't let you go."--Parade magazine
Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball on a private island owned by Jack Reynolds, a notorious local drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on painkillers, a guest is dead, and Archie quickly realizes that little is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie's nemesis and sometime lover has something special in mind for the birthday boy. Now, on Halloween Eve, with time running out and the life of someone close to Archie on the line, Archie knows his only chance is to give Gretchen exactly what she wants. But Gretchen will prove more horrifying, and unpredictable, than Archie ever could have imagined…in Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain.
"Gretchen Lowell isn't just the most fascinating villain…to appear in crime fiction in many, many years; she's also becoming a multifaceted character capable of engendering a much wider range of emotions than one would expect of somebody who enjoys carving up spleens."--Booklist (starred review)
Chelsea Cain's five novels featuring Archie Sheridan--Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, and Kill You Twice--have all been New York Times bestsellers. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, and several nonfiction titles, she was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
PRAISE FOR CHELSEA CAIN
and her bestselling thrillers
LET ME GO "Another masterful blend of psychological suspense and straight-up gore, chronicling the twisted bond between police detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell."
Gretchen Lowell isn't just the most fascinating villain (and certainly the most appealing serial killer) to appear in crime fiction in many, many years; she's also becoming a multifaceted character capable of engendering a much wider range of emotions than one would expect of somebody who enjoys carving up spleens…The legion of fans who can't get enough of the Beauty Killer will be lining up for more.
Cain's novel 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 you go.
Kill YOU twice
[Chelsea Cain] creates stories that are razor-sharp in their delivery and heart stopping in their presentation. . . Kill You Twice is one of her best efforts.
"Masterful on every level."
The fifth novel to feature Portland detective Archie Sheridan and his nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, delivers the shocks.
[Chelsea Cain] wields her words like the sharpest of blades, carving away at reality to create unimaginable horrors. . .Cain writes tense narrative that crackles like the air in a summer thunderstorm, rife with danger.
"Cain's talent for gory detail, wry humor, and expertly braiding together plotlines into a fine mesh is a fresh spark of life. Kill You Twice is a taut thriller that will delight and rattle fans and newcomers alike."
THE NIGHT SEASON
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.
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.