With the Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Archie Sheridan—a Portland police detective and nearly one of her victims—can finally rest a little easier. Meanwhile, the rest of the city of Portland is in crisis. Heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the quickly rising waters. Or at least that’s what they thought until the medical examiner discovers that the latest victim didn’t drown: She was poisoned before she went into the water.
Soon after, three of those drownings are also proven to be murders. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case.
Reporter Susan Ward is chasing this story of a new serial killer with gusto, but she’s also got another lead to follow for an entirely separate mystery: The flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died more than 60 years ago, the last time Portland flooded this badly, when the water washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least fifteen people. With Archie following the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch a killer and possibly regain his life, and Susan Ward close behind, Chelsea Cain—one of today’s most talented suspense writers—launches the next installment of her best-selling series with an electric thriller.
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There is no Gretchen in this book. And to those who have read the first 3 that will be disappointing. But most disappointing is that they changed narrators and I personally didn't love the new one. I am looking forward to the next installment and hope that she writes Gretchen in to the story line. Still worth listening to though!
Following the Archie Sheridan storyline has been a roller-coaster ride. This hiatus from the Gretchen Lowell aspect has been a nice change, and I really enjoyed the suspense build up from a weather catastrophe perspective rather than serial killer spree (although, of course, there is that).
My one criticism of this audiobook is that at an (ahem) ebb in the story telling, the narrator quietens her voice so much that I had a hard time hearing what was going on. I understand there needs to be nuance and modulation of speech, but it did irritate me.
Otherwise, enjoyed the story and narration. Looking forward to the next step in Gretchen's storyline.
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Just wasn't the same narrator as the 1st 3 books so made it hard to believe characters.....story line was weak
I couldn't even finish listening. The reader read with such a monotone that I kept losing interest. I'm pretty sure it isn't the story since I've loved Chelsea Cain's other books.
Not with same narrator.
I am not sure where the author went with this story. Other than a few mentions of the Beauty Killer and a brief appearance by Gretchen in the final chapter, this book doesn't really follow the series. Yes it has Archie, Susan and Henry (well barely Henry) but Gretchen didn't even fit into this book at all. Maybe something will tie it in once I read the next book. As for the narrator, yeesh she sounded bored reading the book. What the heck happened to Carolyn McCormick? She was great. This narrator's voice was monotone through much of the story and her characterizations of the people in the stories was not as good as McCormick. Hope the next story is better.
I have listened to this series so many times and it still shocks me how my heart pounds with each twisted story. This particular book always makes me want to vomit because of the details .
The narrator of the prose is wonderful. The story is classic Chelsea Cain. Couldn't wait to read the next book.....
The plot was a good CC story.
She is a wonderful narrator. She is melodic and almost hypnotic. She is the best of the best.....
Another great book by Chelsea Cain. I can't wait for the next book in the series
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