“Really good. Gretchen is just evil personified. I like Archie and think he'd be good for Susan and vice versa, but he has some serious issues to overcome first.”Beth T. wrote this review Monday, August 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book have been waiting a long time and it did not disappoint!!!”Lisa C wrote this review Saturday, August 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The protagonist Archie Sheridan is a homicide detective that works for the Portland, Oregon police department. Archie pays a visit to Gretchen Lowell who is serving time at a psychiatric hospital for her previous unnerving, horrific, and painful murders that she committed in her past. Archie describes Gretchen as a woman with such stunning beauty and eyes that are passionately blue. Archie knows the type of torture that Gretchen can wield as he was a recipient of one of her bloody rampages. During his visit with Gretchen he is told of a man that he needs to find in order to put an end to some of latest slayings that have occurred to the innocent people of Portland. Archie is not sure what to make of Gretchen's statements ... could she really know who is behind these slayings or is this just another way to further satisfy her mentally deranged mind. The one thing Archie knows for sure he is that Portland is much safer now that Gretchen is locked away in a psychiatric hospital and he now has the time to bring justice to whoever is behind the latest slayings.
I will say up front that this audio book by Macmillan Audio really brought the character's to life. Christina Delaine, Macmillan's Audio Book narrator, was able to narrate the dialog of these characters in way that I felt sometimes they were breathing on my neck ... that was a bone chilling experience. Her tone of voice is one that really allowed me to experience the overall end product of this novel. I saw the following excerpt on Macmillan's web page concerning her bio:
Christina Delaine is an accomplished stage and voiceover actress. Onstage, she has performed at The Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theater and Peterborough Players. Notably, she has also acted in JEWTOPIA, the longest running comedy in off-Broadway history and the title role in ANTIGONE at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theater. A voice over artist and audio book narrator, Christina has voiced scores of commercials as well as the works of several New York Times Best Sellers, including Chelsea Cain and Erica Spindler, and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. She recently completed work on the film "WHO KILLED CHANDRA LEVY?"
The plot of Chelsea Cain's novel flows sequentially forward at a very effective and brisk pace. There were times that I felt I couldn't turn the audio off because the ongoing plot was so alluring and captivating.The characters are complex, fully developed, and as mentioned earlier I swear some were breathing on my neck.
So what could of been done better or differently about this audio book?
I always try to find something that could of been done differently or better; however, it is very difficult to name anything major that I would like to change. I like the fact the ending wasn't predictable and also the ending came when I wasn't expecting it. The ending tied up all the lose ends of the plot in a very satisfying conclusion, but Chelsea Cain leaves enough wiggle room in the ending of this novel for another novel to be written. The one caution that I will give all readers and listeners of this novel is listener beware -- this novel is full of some very detailed horrific torture and death descriptions. There is also a fair amount of sexual activities that are also detailed in this novel. Most thriller type novels that are written today delve into at least one of these areas if not both areas. I am only bringing this up in my review because a reader and or listener needs to be informed that this material is for adults only and not written for the faint of heart. My personal opinion is that this writing could have been as compelling with maybe not as much of the details of some of crime scenes and the sexual encounters. I am not lowering my rating of this novel because the writer added this a fair amount of adult material to the novel, but I did feel it was more than I was expecting.
Who should read this novel or listen to this novel?
Anyone that likes fast paced thrillers with well developed characters will want to pick this one up. I understand that Chelsea Cain has several novels in this series and if you are a follower of her novels this one will be a must read. One final note that I will plug again is the narrator of this novel ... if you haven't listened to any narrations done by Christina Delaine then this would be the perfect time to witness a superb narration ... you will love the way she brings breathable life from the text of this superbly written novel.
Anyway a good novel and well worth the 4.5 rating out of 5 that I am giving this one.
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“????”Lisa P wrote this review Wednesday, August 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, but not great 4th book in the series. Author tended to be overly gory in this one, but the story and characters are well done.”leecoke wrote this review Tuesday, August 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“We slowly but surely are getting more information on Gretchen. I enjoyed the book but a tiny part of me wants Archie to move on from Gretchen more than he seems to have so far. Kind of interested in finding out more about Rachel and what direction Ms. Cain will go with her. I'm hoping Rachel is in the next book - there are several ways that character can go.”Grandma Mary wrote this review Tuesday, August 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well, the gang is all back, that is, everyone who survived the first four books! I know I've written this before, but I love, love, LOVE the Gretchen Lowell character! This book picks up three months after the last, as Portland cleans up from the big ol' flood. The story has lots of twists and turns, action, and suspense and it reads just like the first three of the series, which I loved (#4 was a big disappointment for me)! I really liked that we got to learn more about Gretchen's background and I also enjoy that we have so much more to know! I can't wait for #6!!!”Donald Stahl-Ricco wrote this review Monday, August 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this book was not bad and it's starting to become unoriginal. It's beginning to sound the same. ”Jill wrote this review Tuesday, August 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No