Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life.
To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree. It’s the work of a killer bold and clever enough to torture his victim for hours on a sunny summer morning in a big public park and yet leave no trace.
And then Archie gets a message he can’t ignore - Gretchen claims to have inside knowledge about this grisly murder. Archie finally agrees to visit Gretchen, because he can’t risk losing his only lead in the case. At least, that’s what he tells himself.... But the ties between Archie and Gretchen have always been stronger, deeper, and more complex than he’s willing to admit, even to himself. What game is she playing this time? And even more frightening, what long-hidden secrets from Gretchen’s past have been dredged up that someone would kill to protect?
At once terrifying and magnetic, “Beauty Killer” Gretchen Lowell returns with a vengeance in Kill You Twice, Chelsea Cain’s latest razor-sharp psychological thriller.
©2012 Verite Inc. (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I bought Cain's initial Gretchen & Archie offerings because the author is a Portland resident and stages her novels in our fair city. I'd hoped for improvement in the first few but found them average at best.
"Kill You Twice" is a huge step above Cain's first writing. I don't know if it's a new editor or just experience but I found the drama and excitement of this book far superior to her first novels.
This is a series that relies heavily on the previous novels-it doesn't stand alone well. I hate to say that I'd suggest reading the first average police serial killer stories just to get to this one but it's almost necessary.
Christina Delaine is a new narrator and does a good job. I liked the original narrators take on mad-woman Gretchen a bit better than Delaine's but all in all, this is a good match of author and reader.
The story is tense and not nearly as predictable as the original couple of books and though Gretchen is a part of the plot, she's not the main focus as she was previously. The story arc is tight, the dialogue well written and all of the Portland names are pronounced correctly..something that is important to those of us who live here.
I look forward to Cain's next offering and consider this book a credit well spent.
If like me, you've enjoyed this series but felt a profound lack of Gretchen in 'The Night Season' the 4th & last book, you'll be happy to find her central to the plot of this latest installment. The tidbits we learn about her past help fill in how the beauty killer came to be, and Archie is as complex & brilliantly troubled as always.
Classic Cain! Colorful characters, gory serial murders, and a little sexy stuff. Archie is one of my favorite protagonist. I want so badly to save him from his torment but he just keeps jumping right back in! Still, ya gotta love him
I think so. I've become accustomed to letting someone else ready these stories to me so the performance is very important. If the performance is bad it lessens the effectiveness of the story. I think Christina Delaine did a good job.
Gretchen, of course. She's scary.
can't wait for the next one
I cannot finish this book, the narrator seems to be whispering to herself. It's irritating. Why, oh why did they not get McCormick to narrate? I have to get the print version because I enjoy the series.
Wish I had checked who was the narrator and read the reviews for book 4. I jumped to book 5; sounded more interesting than book 4.
Gave the story a 3 because I did not finish.
The fifth installment in the series held my attention nearly as well as the first, with tight plotting and lots of plausible but unseen twists, dangerous trips into the dark corners of the human psyche and wonderfully flawed but lovable characters. Narration was crisp with little "voice" confusion. Kept my attention. Left me wanting more.
Both, a little.
Some of the plot explanations were distractingly repetitious, but the "unpacking" of scenes, and of what has gone before were delicious. Strong characters and accessible prose. Great escape read.
prefers the darker side of fiction
awesome. excellent writing and characters. don't let the cheesy title fool you. this ride is worth twice the price of admission.
This entry in the series really went even deeper into Archie, Gretchen, Susan, and Henry. Once again, I was gripped and kept looking forward to my commute to find out more. I love how the narrator voices Archie especially - almost flat, reserved to an extraordinary degree - and still somehow it expresses so much about Archie that I kept forgetting he was being voiced by the same person as everything else, and a woman to boot!! I recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed Archie and Gretchen so far.
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