The Night Season by Chelsea Cain
Genre: Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Series: #4 in the Archie and Gretchen series
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: 2011
Source: Gift from a friend
The Short Version:
The river is rising in Portland and so is the body count as Detective Archie Sheridan hunts a seiral killer.
Why I Read It:
I have been a fan of Chelsea Cain since she wrote a column for our local paper and have continued to be a fan of her novels
Rivers are rising in Portland and so is the body count. A series of recent drowning deaths is determined to be something far more sinister. Archie Sheridan will always carry the physical and emotional scars of his years hunting Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell. Even though she’s locked away, Archie will never be totally free of her bur right now he’s after a new serial killer while the city is in crisis due to the rising floodwaters.
Reporter Susan Ward is not only following the story of Archie’s current case, she’s also on the possible trail of a murderer from years ago. The rushing floodwaters have washed out an old skeleton that might date from the 1948 flood that washed away a town north of Portland.
With Archie’s partner out of commission, Susan and Archie pursue the leads as they try to track down a killer and battle the weather at the same time.
In all honesty I was glad to see Gretchen have nearly no presence in this installment in the series. She’s always a part of Archie and she is mentioned yet she does remain offstage (well as offstage as Gretchen can)
“She’s not crazy. She just likes killing people.”
The killer in this one isn’t Gretchen but the killer is pretty darn twisted. Interestingly enough I just happened to read two books in a row with similar methods of killing the victims. That was an odd coincidence.
The story this time brings in some real Portland area history with the Vanport flood of 1948. I would like Chelsea Cain’s books anyway but the fact that she uses familiar local settings and now history add to the fun.
This book, while it has plenty of psychologically twisted stuff going on isn’t nearly as bloody and gruesome as others in the series. It could easily be read as a standalone.