gretchen lowell series #5
st. martin's press
Another grisly murder scene, another implausible connection to Gretchen Lowell and another opportunity for Susan to get in trouble somehow.
But there's something different. Archie is harder, more determined to break free from Gretchen's hold on him. He's stronger. Even Susan is different. While still remaining slightly scatterbrained and quite immature most times, of course. In fact, for much of the series I forget that Susan is a bone fide adult. But here something turns her into a grown up. The universe gives her something to protect.
This could be called Gretchen's origin story (if you were into comics like me). Archie is bound and determined to find out where she came from and what made her the way she is. Chelsea Cain's writing is unflinchingly gruesome as usual. There is no taboo. She drags Archie through one hell after the other, but he doesn't falter. Or at least not right away.
The only disappointing thing about this book is that I am finally caught up on the series and this book just came out this year. Best case scenario I've got 8 more months to wait until the next book.
It's going to be a long 8 months.