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Archie Sheridan hat Geburtstag, aber zum Feiern kommt er nicht. Ein verdeckter Ermittler aus seinem Team wurde erschossen aufgefunden, und die Spur führt zu Drogenlord Jack Reynolds. Auf einer Dinnerparty, die Reynolds auf seiner Privatinsel veranstaltet, soll Archie Beweise sammeln, doch die Nacht endet mit einer weiteren Leiche. Dieser Mord allerdings trägt eindeutig dieArchie Sheridan hat Geburtstag, aber zum Feiern kommt er nicht. Ein verdeckter Ermittler aus seinem Team wurde erschossen aufgefunden, und die Spur führt zu Drogenlord Jack Reynolds. Auf einer Dinnerparty, die Reynolds auf seiner Privatinsel veranstaltet, soll Archie Beweise sammeln, doch die Nacht endet mit einer weiteren Leiche. Dieser Mord allerdings trägt eindeutig die Handschrift der grausamen und wunderschönen Serienkillerin Gretchen Lowell, Archies alter Nemesis, die wieder aus dem Gefängnis entkommen ist …...

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Totengabe Reviews

  • Mary Beth
    2019-04-09 02:21

    Oh my gosh! I loved this series. This is the last hook in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell Series. It was so good. It dealt with so many fears. Imagine being led in the pitch black darkness in a tunnel with cobwebs all over it and spiders dropping on your forehead and not being able to get out of it because once you are there the door is locked where you were led. Another fear is snakes, lots of them. This one scared me and I don't scare easily. I just loved this book. Think of any fear and it is probably going to be in this book. This one I think is the best in the series. Mobster Jack Reynolds, knows how to throw a pre-Halloween party. The food and drink are endless; the attendees include 500 masked guests; security has been outsourced to a cadre of military contractors. Not only is Archie reluctantly in attendance, but the host, unaware that his son Leo is secretly working undercover for the DEA, virtually kidnaps Leo’s girlfriend, reporter Susan Ward, and has her driven to his private island for the party and coiffed and costumed by a helpful stripper when she arrives. The morning after the festivities, Archie wakes up in the mud and , Lisa Watson, is found slashed to death. Both disruptions strongly suggest the presence of Gretchen among the masked revelers, even though Archie assures Susan that “it’s been fourteen months since she killed recreationally.” And Gretchen remains offstage for most of this installment—allowing Archie free rein to celebrate his birthday in handcuffs as his downstairs neighbor Rachel entertains him with a lap dance—until Archie’s lover/nemesis/torturer turns up at the eleventh hour to end some lives, save others and complain, “Do I have to do everything myself?” The murder and its solution take a back seat to the continuing saga of Archie’s affair with the sociopath for whom his heart burns, all but literally. Archie will have to risk everything, and choose wisely whom to trust, if he and his loved ones are going to live through the night.Chelsea Cain has done it again! This is the 6th book in her amazingly gritty and jaw-dropping Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series. I recommend them to anyone who loves a little murder and mayhem in their fiction. But if you haven't read any of them yet make sure you start with the first book--HeartSick

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-11 01:24

    Eh.I think I'm done with this series.It wasn't terrible. Cain does a decent job ratcheting up the suspense with her serial killer who may show up at any moment, foot chases around an old bootlegger's mansion, and the repeated kidnappings of the apparently not-very bright Susan who should really know better by now.However, Gretchen, the anti-heroine of this series, is now just annoying. She's not only a doctor, but also a super-hacker to boot. Of course she is. Plus, she's the Mary Poppins of killing and escaping - practically perfect in every way. Her twisted relationship with cop Archie is boring. I get that the whole series hinges on the fact that he loves her in a tormented, Stockholm-syndrome way. But it's gone on for three books too long. She's killed I-don't-know-how-many innocent people, and poor, sad little Archie still can't kill her when the opportunity arises? I'm just not buying it at this point. Maybe I just don't really care for the suspend-all-disbelief nature of these sorts of thriller novels.If you don't ask any reasonable questions while reading this, it could be mindlessly entertaining, but, frankly, I'd skip it. There's better out there.*language, violence, sex

  • Ash
    2019-04-12 01:22

    Ugh.That's all I have to say.Let me elaborate:I really have no idea why I subject myself to this series except I have some really annoying masochostic side to my personality. I believe Let Me Go is about Det. Archie Sheridan trying to protect Leo Reynolds cover when Leo's handler, Carl, is killed. Also, serial killer extraordinaire Gretchen Lowell is still on the run. It's also Archie's birthday. And Halloween.There's also a serial killer on the loose.This is just me simplifying the story. How many times is Cain going to repeat the same old oddly sexual/torturous relationship between Archie and Gretchen? I am sorry but I am not buying Gretchen as the anti hero Cain wants her to be. Chick is a violent amoral serial killer. But apparently now, she's a capable hacker. Perhaps her name should be changed to Mary Sue.What was with all of the graphic sex scenes? They were not necessary.I hate it when characters are saying something totally right but their characters are totally horrible. Case in point: Susan. I really wish she will be killed off. The only positive aspect about Let Me Go is that is was ridiculously fast to read. I am cutting myself off from all future Archie/Gretchen novels until I get proof that it's the end and that everybody but Henry and Claire dies.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-04-21 02:24

    This is a great series and must be read in order to fully understand the relationship between Archie and Gretchen. So many feelings of love, hate, mental addiction, repulsion, sympathy etc. are evoked by these characters. In this addition a small faction of untouchables mess with the wrong detective and boy did they underestimate his unknown guardian. Gretchen is the last thing they expected and the first thing they should have run for the hills from. Fast action thriller with the return of the usual suspects. I think the best story in the series thus far. The rumors are spinning around a possible 7th book. Great narration

  • Petra
    2019-04-03 23:22

    Absolutely brilliant! Going to miss these characters. Hope there'll be another one at some stage in the future?!

  • Sharon Mccall
    2019-04-11 00:10

    don't believe everything you read in the blurb. The back of this book stated this was the conclusion to this series so I dug in with great anticipation to see how Chelsea Cain would bring this strange affair between Archie and Gretchen to an end. She didn't. Reading a question on her page on Goodreads I discovered that she would be alternating between this series and her new books on Kick.Don't get me wrong I really like this series but there are surely only so many times the woman can escape??Anyway to get back to the book at hand. Archie seems to have gotten clean and gotten his life back in order - he has a girlfriend and a dog, ok its Gretchen's dog but he has taken Ginger in and considers her his.Its not long before chaos returns to his life however when an undercover DEA agent turns up dead and thus leads us along the pathway that will bring Gretchen Lowell, serial killer back into his life with her own warped sense of a birthday gift.Anyone who has read any of these books know that Archie and Gretchen share a strange bond, basically they had a mad affair while he was working on the beauty killer case turns out she was the beauty killer and tried to kill him. You would think that being tortured would sour the relationship but there is something between them that we see still exists in this book. we also get to see a little more of how the relationship worked while they were working together on the case.Chelsea Cain has again produced an excellent story however as I said at the start of this review I was a little disappointed that this wasn't the final book and this I think affected how I read the book. I was still gripped from beginning to end and enjoyed the story and there were the usual twists and turns that you have no idea how things are going to end up.Definitely not a standalone book I would suggest if you are going to read this you start from the beginning as you need to understand the history of the characters from the start.

  • Christine
    2019-04-08 00:14

    We revisit with Archie, Gretchen and the gang once more in this sixth installment of the series. Gretchen is still on the run after escaping from the psychiatric facility and manages to insert herself into Archie’s latest case. For Archie, investigating a drug kingpin is certainly not part of his recovery and he, somewhat predictably, lapses in his own narcotic rehab.Despite that fact it has Hallowe’en and Archie’s birthday as main events, I didn’t find anything to celebrate about this book. With this installment I feel that Ms. Cain has run out of steam. When the series first started I found Gretchen Lowell shocking as a female serial killer who could put Hannibal Lector to shame. Susan was a quirky and fun, a bit of color in the drab world of police blue. Archie as the troubled abused and ineffective cop was a nice change from the go-get-‘em super cops in many other books. Now I am finding the characters tired and frequently annoying. Personally, I feel it’s time to end Gretchen’s reign of terror, give Susan and Archie a happily ever after ending and call it quits on the Beauty Killer series.

  • Robyn
    2019-04-08 02:08

    It happens to the best of mystery series authors: there comes a point when they simply seem to not know what to do with their characters. I appreciate that there is a special challenge for Cain because her two main characters are opposing forces (protagonist/antagonist, cop/serial killer). How to keep the cat & mouse game interesting over five novels? Unfortunately, Cain's sixth novel does not do much to advance the relationship or do something new with the characters. Rather, Cain, seemingly at a loss for compelling new plot, fills up pages with gratuitous gore and sex. At times, it read like a gory, horror movie with a side of porn. One of the things I liked most about the earlier books in Cain's series is the dynamic between the cop and the serial killer. Without giving away too much of the earlier books (because they are worth reading), the damaged hero cop Archie Sheridan has numerous opportunities to capture or kill serial killer Gretchen Lowell, yet he never does. This despite her violence and torture of him personally. Seriously, it's a very twisted relationship, but Cain made it work previously. Now, however, I just want to slap Archie for his carnal weaknesses and professional weaknesses. And that feeling comes from Cain not doing enough to keep the characters and the central relationship with the serial killer new and fresh. The cat & mouse game can only go on for so long before it gets stale. And stale is what Let Me Go is. Plus, it took me until the sixth novel to realize that Cain has not done much to develop the ancillary characters. There are numerous secondary characters that revolve around the central cop/killer relationship, but they are thinly drawn and have never grown over the series. The possible exception to this is Susan Ward, the young reporter who's been in the middle of the action for better or worse since the first book. But even her character has become less of a foil and more of a deus ex machina figure--a means to an end, rather than a legitimate force. I hope Cain steps it up in the next installment and finds a way to do something new and different with the characters and series. Otherwise, this may be the last Gretchen Lowell book I read.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-04-19 01:07

    Simply an amazing series!!! I sincerely hope there are more books to come, hands down one of my favorite of all time.

  • Moira Russell
    2019-04-01 03:22


  • Janet Boyer
    2019-04-19 04:09

    I look forward to EVERY Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell book. They're delightfully twisted but, more importantly, full of likable, well-drawn characters. I can "see" them all in my head, in fact--Susan (she's got a skunk stripe in this one!), Henry, Archie's ex-wife, Debbie, etc.LET ME GO continues where the last book left off: Gretchen has left Archie a dog and is on the run (yet again). But she comes back to Portland to celebrate Archie's birthday (Halloween), just as Archie heads to the secluded island of drug dealer Jack Reynolds (dad of Leo, Susan's boyfriend who happens to be undercover DEA).We discover that Archie's girlfriend Rachel is more than meets the eye (no surprise), and, as always, there's a high body count and lots of blood in this book.My only criticism is that the whole "Gretchen-on-the-loose-and-able-to-kill-a-dozen-men-with-just-a-scalpel" is running thin. And, the fact that Susan got in a car ALONE, without police protection, is just unthinkable (it wasn't that long ago that she saw Pearl slaughtered in her bathroom. The gal MUST have PTSD!).If you enjoy the Archie/Gretchen series, you'll like this latest long as you suspend some belief.

  • Danielle
    2019-04-12 04:08

    I picked up "Heartsick" on a whim one day in the bookstore, and LOVED it. I was so excited when I found out there were sequels. I got each of them as soon as I could, and tried to ignore how strained the storylines started getting ... And now we've gotten to this point, where Gretchen is now apparently Felicity from "Arrow" - she can hack security systems, computers, and even old cars! And she and Archie go crimefighting together!Then we get to the most stunningly egregious part, the part where I actually questioned my sanity in sticking with this series ... the only reason that Chump Sheridan didn't die from being shot IN THE EXACT SAME PLACE that she stuck him with a scalpel was ... because she removed his spleen when she was torturing him back in the events preceding "Heartsick". That's right, ladies and gents, Gretchen Lowell SAVED Archie Sheridan by torturing him years earlier! She's really not so bad! /eyeroll into infinityAt that point, I decided that I'm not running to pick up any more of these ... if there are any more, which I really hope there aren't. I also think it's ridiculous that Susan's apparent only romance choices are the drug lord's son (who's screwed up) or Archie (who I had sympathy for in the first couple books but at this point I'm just yelling WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU at the book) and jesus Susan come on. There is no way you should be considering Archie even remotely acceptable romance material. This book was severely disappointing. I was interested in the series for Gretchen Lowell, and how Archie handled that entire mess in his life, not for Mary Sue Lowell And Her Perfect Adventures Of Why She's So Great. At this point, it's almost like Cain has run out of gas for "shocking" (ooh how edgy, we'll have them hook up at a crime scene that's SHOCKING) and so we just have to trot out more and more things that make Archie practically impossible to sympathize with.I picked up "Heartsick" again, wondering if maybe I was giving it too much of a rosy glow because of how long ago I read it, but no, I'm flying through it again, and it's actually interesting ... unlike this book, which felt like a total slog, and by the time I realized I was sick of it, I was so far into it that I may as well finish it.

  • Christina
    2019-04-14 05:13

    Chelsea Cain writes a decent story, but I was able to read this in one day, between loads of laundry and a complete cleaning of my home. I find Chelsea Cain's books have less and less depth to them, and it's getting easier to finish her books quickly because they're so simple. I find the dialogue between characters to be fairly immature. I think of it as though I'm watching a really cheesy movie. Claire has no place in this series, I just find her character mind-numbingly boring. Although I normally dislike Susan, I find it endearing that she and Archie are getting closer. The ending had the worst resolution of any story. The beginning 'mystery' of who/why someone killed Carl was really unsatisfying. I had to re-read the short paragraph to see if I understood what was occurring. I mean, really? I had to read through gratuitous sex scenes which sometimes took up half a page (stop using the word 'cock', it's horrific), but we couldn't delve deeper into the reason why Carl was killed? It was seriously glossed over in a couple of lines. I get the feeling this story was written purely to make a quick buck. Left me wanting more, yet less at the exact same time.

  • Victoria
    2019-03-28 06:18

    This most recent installment of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series is quite an entertaining read! It has been over a year since I last encountered these characters, but Cain skillfully inserts little reminders to make the events of the previous novels feel freshly experienced. It is quite easy to get swept back into her Portland! The book opens just before Halloween, with the Beauty Killer still on the loose, and heading for Portland just in time for Archie’s birthday. The plot moves quickly, with the excitement amping up as each chapter flies by. The body count is plenty high here - and there are plenty of scenes between Archie and Gretchen. Though the last novel, Kill You Twice, explores Gretchen’s past, in this one, Cain instead provides a rather gritty look into the early relationship of Archie and Gretchen. Other series regulars appear - Susan, the funky hair-dyed journalist and Henry, Archie’s partner - and play significant roles. It is a solidly exciting addition to the series. And, as always, it leaves you quite eager to see where the series will go next! These characters - even the villains - are always interesting and Cain takes them in some surprising plots! I hope the wait isn’t too long!

  • Brenda
    2019-04-17 04:10

    This book has everything I've come to expect from Archie, Gretchen, Susan, Henry, and all the others. There's some history revealed, and some progress made, and some promising hints for the future. As in previous books in this series, there is violence, gore, and sexual content. Since Chelsea Cains's next book is not part of this series, I wonder if she needed a break after this book. It must be difficult to write a book this intense. But I am looking forward to the next one, whenever it may be.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-04-16 23:03

    Oh this pains me to rate this 4 stars. I just didn't feel like it was Cains best, definitely not in this series. It lagged in some areas and I was so ready to throttle a couple of the characters by the time things started getting real good then... Its over! Gretchen, you are a naughty girl. Archie, I still love you. Susan, grow the fuck up. Henry, quit being a ball buster. I feel better now. :)

  • Fin
    2019-04-23 01:06

    Major spoilers here so be warned.So there's a scene in this book where Gretchen, armed with a scalpel, takes on an entire security team of former special forces personnel who have transitioned to become mercenaries and she kills all of them.Are you kidding me?I laughed out loud at the utter absurdity of the whole thing.The more I think about this book, the more I've come to the conclusion that it's a freaking mess of an effort.Chelsea Cain had an interesting idea for a story and wrote Heartsick.It true modern capitalist style, the opportunity to make a profit means that she was contracted to write sequels of that first effort.It's crystal clear that she doesn't have any new stories for these characters that are worth telling. This series has become Awful....dreadful really.

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-03-30 06:18

    Chelsea Cain blows my freaking mind.

  • Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
    2019-04-16 04:15

    Everyone wants to wish Archie a happy birthday. His kids, his ex-wife and her new boyfriend have barely finished singing happy birthday to him when the festivities are interrupted. Archie is called in to investigate the dead body found in the bathroom of the The Gold Dust Meridian. Still wearing his party hat, Archie realizes the body is a DEA agent and the undercover contact for the son of one of the largest drug dealers in the Pacific Northwest. The son, Leo Reynolds, just happens to be the boyfriend of Archie’s reporter friend Susan. There goes the party.The DEA have been working to bust Leo’s father, Jack Reynolds, for years and Leo tells Archie he is close to getting some big names for them. Then, Leo disappears. Susan is frantic, or pissed, she can’t decide which, when she is invited to an exclusive masquerade party at Jack Reynolds’ island home. Archie is also invited and attends, but wakes up the next morning in the mud with a concussion, still wearing his tuxedo, remembering very little, and a dead body has turned up in the lake near Reynolds’ islandThat was some party.Footage from the security cameras shows what happened that night and it shouldn’t surprise any reader of the Chelsea Cain series: Gretchen is back. And she is just as psychotic as we remember. But, was she responsible for the dead girl in the lake? Archie knows Gretchen’s handiwork when he sees it, and this doesn’t have her usual tortured and slashed-to-death motif. Just seeing on Gretchen on the security footage stimulates Archie’s constant and sub-therapeutic cravings for her. Their mutual obsession for one another is toxic. Archie’s marriage was destroyed, and after Gretchen tortured him in her basement for ten days he was left a scarred man with an addiction for pills…and Gretchen. In a few flashbacks to their sexual interludes before she was arrested for the Beauty Killer murders, the reader sees that Gretchen is in charge and she likes it kinky.Oh, and Gretchen has a major surprise for Archie on his birthdayI really enjoyed this book in the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series. Archie is emotionally flayed wide open for the reader. All his flaws and weaknesses come to light and he takes responsibility for them, especially to his wife and co-workers. And Gretchen, the urban Ninja, always three steps ahead of Archie and a total sociopath, appears to recognize the change in Archie. But is it something she will tolerate for very long? Don’t be silly, darling. The party is just getting started.

  • PaulaPhillips
    2019-04-01 01:23

    One of my favourite female and there are only a slight few who can pull writing Crime and Serial Killer novels is authoress Chelsea Cain. From the first time , I picked up Book #1 in her Gretchen series - I was hooked. This is a series where I can say I love all the characters from Archie Sheridan - the Detective who though he won't admit it, still and always will have a thing for the serial killer Gretchen to his quiet but stand-up partner Henry and of course my all-time favourite character Susan with her journalistic skills, manic panic dyed hair and funky outfits. In Let Me Go, we read that Gretchen once again has escaped from the aslyum and is on the run and we all know where she is headed - anywhere where she can get her hands on Archie. Meanwhile , an undercover DEA agent Carl has been found murdered and now Susan's boyfriend Leo's cover in his family's business might be compromised. Can Susan afford to lose Leo too or will it be too much to handle as she is still reeling from the murder of Pearl ? Let Me Go takes us to an isolated island where Leo's father is holding a masquerade ball - the perfect set-up to lure those out especially Gretchen Lowell who wants to get her hands this Halloween on Archie and give him a birthday present he will never forget. When not one body but two turn up dead , has Gretchen started killing again or is there a new serial killer on the loose ? Compared to the other books in the series , I didn't find this one as enjoyable and it could be because either it has been a while since I last read one of her books and her last one which exposed Gretchen's past was AMAZING and this one was less Gretchen Killing than we are used to in her past five novels. However, if you are a fan and have read the previous five books then you won't want to miss out on "Let Me Go" by Chelsea Cain.Find out in Book #6 of the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series to see whether this will be the "final" chapter for Gretchen Lowell - Beauty Killer.

  • Jacqui
    2019-04-10 00:25

    I was excited to read Chelsea Cain's latest thriller, "Let Me Go". Cain has a great reputation as a skillful writer in the thriller genre and has already published five Archie Sheridan novels. This could be a tremendous find for me (I read approximately two books a week so it takes a lot to keep me supplied). The first line was perfect-- "Archie Sheridan had a paper birthday hat on his head and six bullets in his front pocket."What's not to like about a story that begins that way?In a nutshell, this is about a detective named Archie Sheridan, a murderer named Gretchen Lowell, and an undercover operation that is starting to go bad. It's become difficult for our hero, Archie, and his fellow police to tell if who they think are good guys are really good and if the bad guys are as bad as they seem. All very confusing because people are dying and others in the crosshairs are Archie's friends. What makes it more intriguing is that Gretchen, who Archie put away after she captured and sliced him up, has escaped and is headed Archie's way. She has a 'thing' for him. Sure, she might torture him to within inches of death, but she won't kill him. Which in the end is what saves his life (I don't think that gives anything away--you probably don't think the hero of the series gets killed off).In my experience, there aren't a lot of series with such unique main characters. Archie is a detective and Gretchen is a brilliant, bombshell beautiful serial killer. Have you ever read a series like that before?If that doesn't get your attention, how about romance? Steamy romance, a lot of it for a thriller. To me, it was almost gratuitous, irrelevant to the plot, there to up the ratings and get readers to buy the book. You know that old saying about action stories--if the plot slows down, throw in a fight? Chelsea Cain throws in a lusty scene. If you like Danielle Steele, you'll like this approach.Distractions aside, the story is well plotted, characters well-developed, and the ending is macabre. That's what earned the 4 stars.

  • Courtney
    2019-03-26 05:28

    Is the this serial killer detective series a dirty little pleasure? Or just a pleasure? I'm not sure, but I continue to enjoy these books.Each features a compelling cast of recurring characters, most centrally Detective Archie Sheridan, murder police who spent most of his career hunting one serial killer; Gretchen Lowell, the genius killer, several times captured, several times escaped; Susan Ward, the journalist with crazy hair and a nose for news. It's set in Portland, and Chelsea Cain makes the city another important character."Let Me Go" is not the strongest book in this series. It seems like it has a lot of exciting things happening one after the other rather than a conflict, climax and resolution. And the exciting things that happen are pretty familiar at this point. Gretchen Lowell has escaped again! Archie Sheridan has conflicted feelings about his obligations to track her down again! Gretchen is a super genius capable of outsmarting everyone again! Even worse, Susan Ward gets to do less in this book. Usually, Susan spends most of her time investigating, solving mysteries that the cops can't unravel, navigating her career in the changing world of journalism, and using her quick thinking to get out of tough situations. This time around, Susan tips off other reporters instead of trying to sell a story herself, runs to the police for help rather than try to solve the mystery on her own, gets repeatedly kidnapped, and barely shows any spark. Normally she's my favorite character, but this time around she had about as much autonomy as a warm washcloth.That's not to say I'm giving up on Chelsea Cain. I love how she gets inside Archie's head. I love the way she writes her characters. I love her Portland. I just hope she gives me even more to love when her next installment comes out.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-04-15 00:28

    Another triumph from Chelsea! Let Me Go takes disturbing to higher level regarding this f'ed up relationship Gretchen and Archie have. We see through flashbacks when Gretchen and Archie were lovers and how Archie's guilt weighed on him even then. Also Archie was very close to engaging in some kinky sex with Gretchen, but it didn't get that far because she decided to torture him, which I can't fathom why she ended up doing that. Gretchen loves and is protective of Archie in her own loony tunes way, which makes you squirm because she equals pain with love. And since she loves Archie above all, she will continue to stalk and harm him until they're both dead. He can't quit Gretchen, and because of that, I can see him becoming her puppet even more. He's basically given up on denying his sick fascination with her and it shows. Archie is becoming more resigned to Gretchen than ever before, but there is still something about him you sympathize with. He goes through so much WTF's here that I can't understand why he's not in a padded cell. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Archie. I really see Susan ending up as his savior. It's great where Chelsea is taking this duo.As for Gretchen, she's super villain extraordinaire and always comes out smelling like roses. It's really implausible how she keeps escaping law enforcement and keeps on killing. Also the new crime in this one is a bit over the top and not believable, but I still enjoyed it.Also the dark comedic factor is high here also, especially the lines that spew from Susan, as well as words of wisdom from Archie. This is total crack reading. I hope this series has as many books as JD Robb's In Death series.

  • Chris
    2019-04-09 05:05

    Archie Sheridan would just like to get his birthday and Halloween over with but the murder of a DEA agent send him to a masquerade party on an island owned by Jack Reynolds, international drug lord. Archie is supposed to find Leo, Jack's son, to assess if his cover has been blown or if he can continue working with the DEA to bring down his father's business. Archie finds Leo - and a whole lot of trouble. When a camera captures serial killer Gretchen Lowell easily crossing the Canadian border back into the states, Archie knows his troubles have just begun. The last few books in this series have been good but failed to reach the level of eerie tension achieved in Heartsick and Sweetheart. Chelsea Cain nails it in Let Me Go, using graphic sexuality and violence to ferment the visceral unease exemplified by Gretchen and to remind the reader that our hero also has some serious character flaws. With this book, Cain adds a new dimension to Gretchen's skills, creating a different and compelling layer to her relationships with Archie and the other series characters. Well-plotted and unsettling, with complicated, evolving characters - an extremely satisfying thriller!

  • Magpie67
    2019-04-01 05:32

    Stunning book in the series or the hunt for Gretchen Lowell. So many angles to keep track of that Gretchen seemed like she was in the background, when in reality she was always right in front of the investigation. I loved that the time frame was Halloween, an easy way for her to travel incognito. And I knew the neighbor was up to no good from the last book. I sensed that evil was afoot. Trust no one Archie..... Great book! Susan was at the top of her game as usual, her mother, the hippie was a hoot, Henry and Gwen as a couple expecting... I love! Chelsea has the knack to create a story and do a sleight of hand impression with her words. A magician, a seer, a born storyteller. I'm in sensory overload from this title and I'm seeking other dark books to read. So far in the gruesome section Fear Nothing and The Bone Thief are winning!

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-04-03 00:22

    It has to be amazingly difficult to write a book where the main character has a lust, hate relationship with a serial killer and yet this character is flawed but likable. Archie has, to say the least terrible and strange tastes in women. Although I love the character of Susan, she has her weirdness and quirks as well. Rachel, his new lust/love interest is very weird too. It is these relationships and characters as well as the steady Henry and Leo, of the mob boss persuasion, that keeps these novels so interesting. The plots are almost background, material for the characters to do whatever the author wants these characters to do.So yes, there is plenty of violence, some of it graphic. There is a police investigation and the murder of an undercover DEA agent, but as usual there is Archie and Gretchen always in the background, though not a prevalent in this one and of course Susan, trying to figure everything out. Another good and fascinating character study from Cain.

  • Holly
    2019-03-30 06:32

    I received this book through a goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Let me first say that I absolutely love this series by Chelsea Cain. I was hooked from book one, Heartsick. Even though this series is very graphic, from the death scenes to the sex, I can't help be riveted by them. They truly are one of a kind. However, the sixth book in this saga of Archie & Gretchen, I was left a little disappointed. This definitely is my least favorite one. Some parts were a little repetitive, maybe just needs edited a little better. I thought the story was a bit on the thin side. I want to know more about Gretchen and I thought this book would explore that more since we were left a little glimpse in the last book. I don't want to give details but the story just didn't captivate me like they usually do. The book was just enough to keep me wanting more but I do hope the next book is better and with more Gretchen details.

  • Niki Ganong
    2019-03-29 05:26

    SPOILERS AHEADSet in rainy Portland on Halloween, Chelsea Cain once again includes recognizable locales and scenery in her latest thriller. She artfully describes places we've been and streets we've strolled. Cain knows the Northwest. Would that she handled these characters that we've known for five books now with even a smidgen of the same familiarity. What a shame that the character who once played a trusty side-kick is side-lined into being the helpless girlfriend. The author also sees fit to completely incapacitate our hero in the final acts! In the end she let's the killer go (again) insuring that she will be able to provide her publisher with another book. Good luck finding readers after this soggy mess.

  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    2019-04-10 05:04

    Kill You Twice was 5 stars - Let Me Go is 500 stars! I can't say enough about the intensity of this book. A bomb going off could not have made me put this book down. This series must be read in way around that. But it's worth it. I was hooked by the first book and found quite a few WT* moments in the first few...mess with your mind scenes. But these last two books are OMG reads...I didn't think it was possible to raise the stakes, intensity, or emotional turmoil any higher - Man, was I wrong! Kill You Twice & Let Me Go were must read straight through books...No One is safe is these books. The emotional entanglements are twisted, characters are not who they seem, the death toll is mounting. Shock after shock will rock you. Chelsea Cain - You Rock!

  • Kate Bond
    2019-03-26 00:33

    This series is so, so good.Archie FINALLY makes some emotional progress, and in a way that feels really natural and satisfying.Susan is still adorable, and she still fucks everything up every step of the way. Her hair is dyed black and white like a skunk's in this one.Gretchen is in this one, and in a really fun way, although she seems to be able to do pretty much anything. She's like Batman or MacGyver or something.