Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain
Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain is the 5th in the Detective Archie Sheridan and Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell Series. Although it could be done, I would not try to read this as a stand-alone novel. There is too much history between the characters.
Archie is still recovering from Gretchen’s sadistic kidnapping as well as the recent Portland flood. He is just happy that Gretchen is still under lock and key in the Oregon State Hospital. He is in his own apartment and has a new neighbour who peaks his interest, probably because she looks so much like Gretchen. (I don’t trust her).
When Gretchen’s psychiatrist calls to try and convince Archie that Gretchen says it is important that he comes to see her because her daughter is in danger, Archie doesn’t fall for it. So Gretchen calls reporter Susan Ward. She is there in a heartbeat — anything for an exclusive story, and she gets Gretchen telling her of the first man she used her scalpel on, and Susan got it all on tape. Susan also got information that leads her to a mysterious flash drive that Archie has been holding. She is not, of course, going to leave that alone.
Meanwhile, Archie is investigating two burnt bodies, which seem to tie back to the story Gretchen told Susan. Could an old accomplice of Gretchen’s be responsible? And then there is the re-appearance of Pearl who had once tasered Archie, and whose boyfriend had inserted a needle through Susan’s face. Has Pearl really changed?
Chelsea Cain keeps this series going with some characters you love and some you hate, and most you want to kick in the butt at one point or another. The interactions are wonderful, the dynamic between Archie and Gretchen is scary, and Susan’s Mom is priceless. We finally learn a little something about Gretchen’s past!
Another great read! Just love this series
Re-Read: October 2016
Favorite Quotes from Kill You Twice:
“That woman was always very good at not seeing what was in front of her. In my experience, people who lie to themselves long enough don’t even know when they’re blind.”
“She deserves to die. If we kill one person, one criminal in the history of the world, it should be her.” Susan paused, reconsidering. “And Hitler. Her, and Hitler”.