[a Thriller]

Book - 2007
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Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him...and tortured him...and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night--and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case...until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer--one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can't do, this time, is save Archie's life.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312947156
Branch Call Number: CAIN
Characteristics: 326 p


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Nov 15, 2017

I give this 5 stars! A great read, one I could not put down. I have read this and the second in the series, which was equally as good and am now on the 3rd. Great characters, easy read and a very twisted and evil villain.

Dec 13, 2016

**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. Gretchen Lowell, beautiful, seductive and as creepy as hell, a serial killer extreme torturer, who tortured her last victim -Detective Archie Sheridan and after 10 days decided to turn herself in and save him.

He's not a perfect protagonist, he's got principles, but he's also addicted to Vicodin for the pain, his marriage is a shambles...and he visits Gretchen every Sunday in the maximum security prison.

Great read, not for everyone, but I sure enjoyed this thriller.

Feb 25, 2016

I did not like this book at all. with 30 pages to go I almost gave up. But I did finish it and I am SO glad I did.

Plot, brutally boring and dull in terms of the current unknown killer through the book. The flashbacks to Archie and Gretchen were the best parts and really stood out from the rest of the book.

Characters, Archie and Susan were great, not much development but still strong. Everyone else boring and forgettable. Yawn.

Gretchen is the most insanely creepy serial killer I've read. Cringe worthy and spine tingling and every other twisted adjective are completely deserved. Really enjoyed all her scenes.
It really wasn't until the second last chapter that everything picked up which was a great lead into the second book.

Marlowe Jan 09, 2016

The first installment in Cain's Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, this is a solid detective thriller. Cain offers the classic serial killer vs. time hardened detective, with enough background events to complicate things. The necessary side kick is found in a female newspaper writer, and of course drama ensues. A quick, entertaining, but often gruesome read.

Dec 02, 2015

Book 1

Sep 06, 2015

Decent book. A very easy read. Enjoyed it. Most of the book wasn't THAT graphic. A few pages might rattle a tender heart. Recommended.

Aug 24, 2014

I decided to read this book series since I heard they might be making a tv series out of it. A great book it draws you in. Gretchen is the female verison of Dexter

Apr 14, 2013

Love thrillers and this one didn't disappoint. Just could not put the book down.

Jul 16, 2012

Alright novel. I felt like the story lacked some depth. Didn't make me want to read the sequels.

Jun 27, 2012

Good thriller. Graphic at times.

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