Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain
Let Me Go by Chelsea Cain is the 6th in the Detective Archie Sheridan/Serial Killer Gretchen Lowell series.
This series is rather unique in that the detective and killer have a rather scary relationship. During Archie’s investigation of the Beauty Killer, Gretchen insinuated herself into the case, and took him as a lover (which didn’t do much for his marriage). When it turned out that Gretchen was the Beauty Killer, things got really strange. She kidnapped and gruesomely tortured Archie, removed his spleen, had him drink bleach, carved a heart into his chest, in addition to some more mundane techniques. Then she saved his life. (That was all in the first book). He was left a “touch” broken. But he continues to chase her, and she keeps saving his life (while getting a few “digs” in – literally).
In this one, we celebrate both Halloween and Archie’s birthday, and it appears everyone has a gift for him, whether he wants them or not. Gretchen is still on the loose. But Archie has other problems. When a DEA officer is found dead, it seems that Leo’s undercover operation may have been compromised. If so, he’ll be the next to die. His father is hosting a masquerade party on his island, which is actually a cover for a new drug deal with the Russians. Archie is going to this party to get Leo out. Unknown to both of them, Susan has been dragged to the party too, as leverage against Leo. The next morning, Archie wakes up with a concussion, a dead body surfaces near the island, and Gretchen is back. Oh, is she back, and there is video to prove it.
While Archie is a little “tied up” with Rachel, Susan is kidnapped – again.
I really enjoyed this one. Who am I kidding, I love them all. Chelsea Cain has created characters with flaws. Major flaws. This is what makes you love them. The dynamics between Archie and Gretchen is obsessive, kinky, and fun, while being rather scary and just wrong. But Archie’s heart is truly in the right place, and he is starting to show his feelings for Susan, who is just a “little” off-beat, and lovable. Chelsea Cain puts in just the right amount of humor to keep things from getting too dark. Great series!
Hoping for a 7th.
Re-Read: December 2016
Favorite Quotes from Let Me Go:
“But people in masks were always assholes. It was a scientific law. Give someone anonymity and all social niceties break down. The Internet had proven that.”
“You can’t wait for life to fall into place, sweetie,” Bliss said, squeezing Susan’s head between her hands. “Don’t worry about the direction. Just move.”
“He couldn’t fight the truth anymore. He was too worn-out. “She can find me anytime. She is there. Even when I think I’m alone. She’ll never let me go.”
“I’ve had a really bad day,” she said to Jack. “Your party sucked. I think my boyfriend and I are breaking up. I got taken hostage by a serial killer. I have spiders in my hair. And you’re being a pig-headed asshole. I’m telling you,” she added, with a glance over her shoulder at Razor Burn, “if someone points a gun at me again, or threatens me in any way, I’m going to lose it.”
About the Author: Chelsea Cain started out writing humor books, and contributed articles to the Portland newspapers, before devoting her time to writing full-time. In addition to this NY Times Best-Selling Archie & Gretchen Series, she is writing a Kick Lannigan series as well as writing the Mockingbird Comic Book for Marvel. The abusive response to her comic book has led her to abandon Twitter (October 2016). She lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.