Kill You Twice (Gretchen Lowell #5)
by Chelsea Cain
Summary: Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. Or can he? His latest case, involving a man who was mutilated and murdered in a public park in broad daylight, bears the stamp of an expert killer…and before long, Archie gets a message from Gretchen, who makes him an offer he can’t refuse.
Gretchen claims to have inside knowledge about the grisly Mount Tabor Park murder—and Archie can’t risk losing his only lead in the case. At least, that’s what he tells himself after he agrees to visit Gretchen…But the ties between Archie and Gretchen have always been stronger, deeper, and more complex than he’s willing to admit, even to himself. What game is Gretchen playing this time? And even more frightening, what long-hidden secrets from her past have been dredged up that someone would kill to protect?
Source: I purchased a paperback
Kill You Twice might be favorite book in the series so far!
Gretchen was locked away in a mental institution, slowly dropping hints and mysteries that Archie ignored. Through Susan, she was able to grab his attention and lead him to a puzzle even he couldn’t help but want to solve. Gretchen always maintained that she never killed the children she was accused of killing, though she had no issue with admitting guilt to most of her other alleged crimes. It always bothered Archie. Now, someone was killing adults with some of the same patterns and it was time for Archie to take a look at what Gretchen was trying to tell him.
I love how everyone evolved a little bit on the way to this book. Henry and Claire were doing their thing and being public about it after the events in the last book. Susan was still doing freelance work and refusing to return to her old job, while also trying to figure out things with Leo. Archie was even moving on in his own way, which was not something he had been doing before.
I liked that we got to see a little bit of Gretchen’s past and how she was still willing to help Archie and not just lie to him. Also, she continued to NOT kill him when she had moments where she probably could have. I didn’t see any of the twists coming, so I enjoyed the crazy puzzle of the novel.
I’m starting to get that whole anxiety about how there’s only one book left and I’m so afraid it won’t be enough because I love this series. It took me a bit to really get into it, but Chelsea Cain really has a knack for writing messed up characters, regardless of what it is that makes them so messed up. I highly recommend the series and I can’t wait to devour the last book.