Synopsis: With serial killer Gretchen Lowell locked up, Archie Sheridan can concentrate on more pressing issues, like the Willamette River threatening to overflow its banks, in Cain's fine fourth thriller to feature the Portland, Ore., detective. When a body turns up at an amusement park, Archie thinks it's just another drowning, until the coroner finds a puncture wound. The case becomes a murder investigation when similar marks are found on other recent victims thought to have succumbed to the Willamette's rising waters. Meanwhile, reporter Susan Ward is writing a piece on a skeleton uncovered at the site of what was once Vanport, a town destroyed by a flood in 1948. She tags along with Archie's team as they try to pinpoint not only the killer's motive but also his bizarre toxin.
Gretchen is in jail, Archie and Susan are on the trail of a new serial killer, and Portland is flooding! A major character is poisoned. A major character drowns. And a major character gets hypothermia. So there is a lot of derring-do.
This is a good book for those of you who are new to the series. You can read it without having read the other three, and there is less gore in this one. Gretchen fans, do not be alarmed. She's in this book. Just a little. And she'll be back in book five when the stabbing continues. This book also features a lot of good tips that may save you from drowning at some point in the future. An excellent investment in your safety!
About the Author: Chelsea Cain's first three novels featuring Archie Sheridan -- Heartsick, Sweetheart, and Evil at Heart -- 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, Chelsea was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
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Review: Ok, I admit, I have not read any of Cain's books prior to this one. She's right though, you do not have to have read the prior 3 books to enjoy this book. Like Cain, I began reading Stephen King books when I was pretty young. Only Cujo gave me the willies, but then we had a St Bernard that lived down the street from my grandparents, who delighted in coming up and literally licking you til you fell over and he could stand on top of you, so it was understandable!
This was a very fast paced book and I would highly recommend getting the first 3 books and then this one, as they would be perfect for pool-side reading on Easter or summer vacation! The books slams you into the characters lives and takes you on a ride from the get go! The addition of the flood brings an unique historical context and plot development device that I admit I have never read before! I would very much say Cain is like Stephen King, but the lighter, funnier version! You'll enjoy this book, if you like mystery spiked with some horror!
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes, free of charge, from FSB Associates! No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.
- ISBN-10: 0312619766
- ISBN-13: 978-0312619763