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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #4) by Chelsea Cain {Audio}

The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #4) by Chelsea Cain
My Rating:  3 of 5 Stars

Title:  The Night Season
Author:  Chelsea Cain
Narrator:  Christina Delaine
Length:  Unabridged; 8 hours, 45 minutes
Publisher:  MacMillan Audio
Published:  March 1, 2011
Genres:  Fiction; Mystery

My Rating:  ✮✮✮

Synopsis:  
With the Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Archie Sheridan—a Portland police detective and nearly one of her victims—can finally rest a little easier. Meanwhile, the rest of the city of Portland is in crisis. Heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the quickly rising waters. Or at least that’s what they thought until the medical examiner discovers that the latest victim didn’t drown: She was poisoned before she went into the water.
Soon after, three of those drownings are also proven to be murders. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case.
Reporter Susan Ward is chasing this story of a new serial killer with gusto, but she’s also got another lead to follow for an entirely separate mystery: The flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died more than 60 years ago, the last time Portland flooded this badly, when the water washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least fifteen people. With Archie following the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch a killer and possibly regain his life, and Susan Ward close behind, Chelsea Cain—one of today’s most talented suspense writers—launches the next installment of her best-selling series with an electric thriller.

©2011 Verite Inc. (P)2011 Audio Renaissance
My Review:

The Night Season was not my favorite book in the Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell series, however, it wasn't a horrible book by any stretch of the imagination!  
Chelsea Cain quickly became my go-to author when I needed a really good head screwing and am craving a psychological thriller!  She is phenomenal at writing totally off-the-wall plots that leaves you sitting back and wondering who the heck can come up with this stuff!!  I've always been amazed at her detail and ability to leave you on the edge of your seat and keep your head shaking throughout the entire book, and The Night Season is no different!
This is the first book of Cain's that the narrator, Christine Delaine has read, and I must admit that at first, she wasn't my favorite narrator.  I think the change in narrator compared to what I had been used to in the first books of the series, was the first dramatic difference in me liking this book less than I did the others. I don't think that this narrator did a bad job, I just think that the original narrator, Carolyn McCormick, was such a fantastic fit for this series, that I had a hard time adjusting mid-series!  I think it was just big shoes for Ms. Delaine to fill!
The plot of this book wasn't as exciting to me as the others and I did find myself having a hard time following it throughout the first part of the book.  Once I got through a little of the book, it did seem to pick up and I didn't have as hard of a time finishing it as I originally thought I was going to!  
Cain has created an awesome ensemble of characters in this series and I really enjoy following them throughout the different books and learning what happens to each character as they go.  Each book is a character building book, and we get to really get up close and personal with Susan in The Night Season, as well as getting to learn more about Archie and his relationship with Gretchen!  We also learn more about Archie's co-workers, Henry and Claire!  
Overall, this book does not deter me one bit from continuing on in this series, so I am very interested to see what else Chelsea Cain comes up with in Kill You Twice!  As with every series that a person reads, I am sure there is one book or another that you do not favor, and this was my book of this series!  I can't wait to see what else Cain has in store for her readers!!

Would I Recommend This Title to Others?
This is not my favorite of this series, however, it wasn't a horrible book!  If you enjoy this series, I would say absolutely, read it!

Stand Alone or Part of a Series:
Part of a Series

  • Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #4


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