The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

75%

8 Critic Reviews

Near the book's end, Susan is locked in the killer's basement with a dead policeman...Author and narrator combine to make it a memorably chilling moment in one of the series' better entries. A Minotaur hardcover.
-Publishers Weekly

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 sixty 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 bestselling series with an electric thriller.

 

About Chelsea Cain

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CHELSEA CAIN'S first four novels featuring Archie Sheridan have all been New York Times bestsellers. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, and several nonfiction titles, she was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Night Season
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Good
on Feb 25 2011

When the storm nearly levels its downtown, the sudden shifts in perspective are vertiginous, and thrilling. This is the mood that Cain has mastered...It is what presses her readers onward, pulses rising along with the waterline.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 02 2011

Near the book's end, Susan is locked in the killer's basement with a dead policeman...Author and narrator combine to make it a memorably chilling moment in one of the series' better entries. A Minotaur hardcover.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Nov 04 2011

Cain is so good that there is a mystery you won't even realize is a mystery until the very end. The book answers the question of whether or not she can write a thriller...And she can do so without breaking a sweat, at least to all appearances.

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The Washington Post

Below average
on Mar 21 2011

Unfortunately, I meandered into Chelsea Cain's "The Night Season" and didn't have the good sense to quit reading before the most inane murderer I've ever encountered in mystery fiction was exposed.

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Huntington News

Good
on Mar 06 2011

This is a well-plotted thriller and fans of Cain will enjoy it, as will those of other police procedural thrillers from the likes of Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch) and John Sandford (Lucas Davenport) to name just two writers...

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Shine from Yahoo

Good
on Feb 27 2011

ndeed, the setting and mood define the novel as much as the characters...the author adds several well-fitted twists toward the close. And her efforts to maintain the reader's attention, come hell or high water, are nothing short of laudable.

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True Crime Book Reviews

Good
on Mar 11 2011

Chelsea Cain has a wicked imagination and she puts it to work with The Night Season. creating one of the most page-turning suspense thrillers on bookshelves today.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good

Cain has written a very good thriller...Tightly plotted, THE NIGHT SEASON demonstrates that Cain has more to write about than Gretchen Lowell, and she does it well.

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