I would have sworn I have reviewed Chelsea Cain before this but for the life of me I can not find the review online or in my archives. That’s scary because the whole idea of the Reading Journal was so I would not forget the books I read. Now I remember the books, but am forgetting the reviews. What was the name of that new Alzheimer's drug?
OK, so let’s get to it. I thought I wrote the following line in the review that apparently I wrote in my head, but failed to get down on paper or blog, but it is still good now. One of the scariest places I can imagine in this world would be the inside of Chelsea Cain’s mind.
Here is the skinny. Cain has invented Gretchen Lowell, a blonde bombshell beautiful, sexy, sadistic, sick, dominatrix, psychopathic serial killer who has an uncanny ability to avoid capture and escape when captured. Archie Sheridan, a homicide detective on the Portland (OR) police department runs into Gretchen as he heads up the “Beauty Killer” task force.
In Heartsick, Archie is recuperating from the 10 days of torture that Gretchen put him through before being saved by his team. As Archie is trying to down his demons (drugs and Gretchen) he is also trying to track down another sick puppy who is snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland.
In Sweetheart, Archie is trying to solve a murder that looks eerily like Gretchen Lowell’s first murder, but he has trouble focusing as Gretchen escapes from prison.
In Evil at Heart, Gretchen is on the loose and Archie is on her trail, but has she broken her promise to Archie to stop killing? Read this one to find out what Archie had to promise.
In The Night Season, Archie is trying to find a serial killer who is praying on random people and leaving them dead in the river posing as drowning victims (but we know they are not)– at the same time Portland is flooding via the same river.
In Kill You Twice, Archie is investigating the grisly murders being performed in public places – victims are caught, skinned and hung – in places designed to be seen by the public. But wait, Gretchen Lowell claims to have inside info.
In Let Me Go, the latest in the series, Archie is asked to lend assistance in bringing down Portland’s biggest drug lord. Problem is, Drug Lord’s son is a narc and dating Archie’s friend Susan….and then at the big party that was supposed to produce the evidence…..grisly murders with a familiar ring are discovered.
Chelsea Cain has this down pat. Archie is interesting and amazing – and scary and sympathetic. Grethen is beautiful and mysterious and grisly and totally insane. Punk reporter Susan is tenacious and smart, but also naïve and downright too ignorant of her own safety. Fellow police detectives Henry Sobol (best friend) and Claire McCaskell (good friend,a couple with Henry) are funny, concerned, incredibly competent and caring.
These are great time wasting entertaining stories – gruesome and more than a bit disturbing. But if you are a sick puppy or a fan of sick puppies, these are for you. Oh, yeah, best if you read them in order. Needless to say, I adore Chelsea Cain. Not sure I want to meet her......