My rating: 4.5/5.0
I have read Chelsea Cain's Gretchen Lowell series since book one and have enjoyed it. It's creepy and gory and great suspense and if you like all of those things then you will like this book.
About the book:
Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she’s more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers weekly and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre kind of fan club, which celebrates the number of days she’s been free.
Archie Sheridan hunted her for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a détente of sorts---Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen’s trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?
Archie has been in treatment now after his last escape from Gretchen Lowell and Gretchen is on the run after escaping prison. Now a series of murders that appear like some of Gretchen's early murders are occurring around Portland. Henry is on the case and Susan is looking for a good story. Archie just wants to be free from Gretchen once and for all, or does he?
This was honestly a wild ride. I have read each book as they came out, so I was a little foggy on what happened in the previous books, but Ms. Cain does a great job summarizing vital parts of previous books so I was able to keep up well with what was going on in this book. After I got about 50 pages in, this was hard to put down and I was still trying to figure out who did what on the last page. This is one of those suspense thrillers that stays with you for awhile. I highly recommend this series if you like suspense thrillers and have a strong stomach.
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