Detective Archie Sheridan is about to receive a birthday present from the last person he ever wants to see again: Gretchen Lowell.
The investigation into Jack Reynolds’s drug enterprise is heating up and has Archie heading off to attend a masked Halloween party on Jack Reynolds’s island, where Susan is a reluctant guest. But the next morning one of the guests is found murdered, and Archie quickly realizes that nothing is what it seems. Only one thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and she’s been closer than anyone thinks. On Halloween Eve, with time running out, 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.
4 out of 5 stars
I have been eagerly anticipating the new book in this series, as the last book was so very good. I was not disappointed.
Gretchen espaced from the mental hospital at the end of the last book, and you know since she’s obsessed with Archie, she will find him. This book centers around Jack Reynolds, really. Jack has Susan “kidnapped” and brough to his island for a Halloween party. At this party, someone dies and everyone assumes Gretchen is responsible.
There is a side story of Archie hooking up with his neighbor, Rachel, who is younger than Susan (it’s pretty funny when Susan meets her), that was pretty twisted. Henry and Claire are prevelant in this book, as is Claire’s pregnancy. Leo and Susan’s relationship gets tested in this book, too.
It is truly a testament to Chelsea Cain as an author that she can make me feel empathy for a truly psychopathic serial killer, but that’s exactly what she does with Gretchen. it’s very obvious that she cares greatly for Archie, which she shows in this book. Gretchen is such a well written character, and I’m guessing that Ms. Cain has done some serious research to write someone so incredibly twisted.
There are some flashbacks of some pretty intense sexual encounters between them, that you don’t know are flashbacks or not.
I won’t go into detail, as it would be a spoiler, but I was VERY happy with the way this book ended. That’s all I can say.