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Kill You Twice (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #5)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  6,151 ratings  ·  673 reviews
Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell—the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed—is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life.

To this end, Archie throws hims
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lisa Morgan
another fantastic read by Chelsea Cain!!

This book was, again, outstanding! Cain tells a tale that leaves you guessing right to the very end. When you hit that last page, you will shake the book, looking for those pages you're sure are there because its just too soon for the book to be over.

Archie, Susan, Gretchen... I'm totally hanging out with these guys!

Wendy Darling
It's amazing how Chelsea Cain manages to create new stories that connect more dots to her previous novels, in a way that doesn't feel forced. This one was really good (and less far-fetched than the last one), with some genuine thrills and some glimpses of complexity in Gretchen's past.

We really need to stop seeing Susan bumble into the climax of each book and making a bad situation worse, though. And Archie...Archie's self-destructive thing is getting old. It's been 5 years, you know? Time for a
Moira Russell
Damn that was good! It got a little wobbly in the middle, and I didn't like the Climactic Showdown, but then there was a twist! and another twist! and another and another! and like the last 10% of the book is like a fucking corkscrew, it was great. Not anywhere as near as great as the first or second books were, better than the third (I just really didn't like Evil at Heart) and a huge, huge return to form after the horrible Night Season. Thank fucking God, it would break my heart (haha) if this ...more
Linda Crook
Like always, Chelsea Cain pulled me right in. The hand job in chapter four certainly caught my attention, and there was reference to a murder in Bellingham (Yay, local town makes good!), but it's Gretchen who makes this a page turner. She is so diabolically manipulative, with so many layers of subtlety, it's impossible to know her real motives. It's impossible to imagine what she might be setting into motion.

I was only able to put down "Kill You Twice" to go to bed last night because it got too
Portland author Chelsea Cain continues to plumb the darker pits of the Rose City with "Kill You Twice," her fifth book in this bloody series. For the fourth, "The Night Season," detective Archie Sheridan took a rare opportunity to pursue another serial killer besides the gorgeous psychiatrist/slasher Gretchen Lowell (then safely in police custody), but Cain refuses to stray too far from Lowell and her sadistic hold over Sheridan.

While "The Night Season" saw Portland inundadted with a near-Biblic
Finally, the long anticipated Origins of Gretchen Lowell… Kill You Twice unveils a glimpse at Gretchen’s past. Don’t expect every revelation about her to be divulged, but a few layers of the serial killer onion have been peeled back.

Imprisoned in a mental hospital, she reveals to old pal Detective Archie Sheridan that she has some insight into a new wave of serial killings in Portland. Of course, she successfully messes with Archie’s head, but she also displays a rare vulnerability that she stru
Not due to be published until mid-summer 2012 but can't wait, can't wait, can't wait...

And it definitely lived up to Cain's reputation as a top-notch suspense/thriller author. The fifth in the Sheridan/Lowell serial killer series is the best yet and Cain's continuing character development is superb along with the plot and settings (takes place in the area where I live). If you haven't read these, please start with the first book, HEARTSICK. For a "stand-alone", with Gretchen on the periphery of
After the ridiculousness of the fourth installment (The Night Season) of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, I admit to feeling a great deal of trepidation before beginning this fifth volume. But Cain has returned to what works in the series - namely investigating the Silence of the Lambs-esque relationship between the two title characters. While the plot isn’t difficult to predict, Cain manages to throw in a few surprises. And while the ending may stretch the limits of plausibility a bi ...more
In 2007, Chelsea Cain introduced the world to a love story unlike anything ever written before in HEARTSICK. Archie Sheridan a detective for the Portland Oregon police department was kidnapped and tortured by the devastatingly beautiful, charasmatic and ingeniously evil Gretchen Lowell...Archie survived his ordeal and walked away with a dark reminder, addicted to pain killers and a shape of a heart carved into his chest...and so the obsession began..
On August 7th, 2012 with the release of KILL
I’ve never been a big fan my mystery thrillers, but I’m beyond addicted to Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series. Chelsea publishes one book a year for this series and each and every time I get my hands on the latest book, it feels like it’s my birthday. The latest, Kill You Twice is the fifth book in this very addicting and at times disturbing series. The main protagonist, Portland detective, Archie Sheridan is still trying to get over his torture by the hands of Gretchen Lo ...more
Paul Pessolano
“Kill You Twice” by Chelsea Cain, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Poor Archie Sheridan he just can’t seem to get away from Gretchen Lowell. She has tortured him, literally, put him in a psychiatric ward, and ruined his marriage.

Gretchen now finds herself in a psychiatric ward and still trying to manipulate Archie’s life.

Archie is called out on another brutal murder that has all the markings of Gretchen but everyone knows she cannot be the murderer. A man is found in a well
Chelsea Cain may well be one of the better mystery writers out there that gets way too little exposure. The Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series (this is book 5) are some of the best serial killer - detective novels around. Each novel stands on its own yet still part of the fabric of the bigger universe that Cain is creating.
In the beginning of this installment Detective Archie Sheridan is still in recovery but off of the pain killer addiction that had plagued him in the prior novels. Pain kil
Kill You Twice, the fifth book in Chelsea Cain’s Gretchen Lowell series, is sure to keep readers up all night. This series of gory, fast-paced thrillers follows Portland detective Archie Sheridan who was kidnapped and tortured for 10 days by Dr. Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer. Gretchen is both terrifyingly violent and undeniably magnetic. Even now, years after the attack, the two of them have a strange bond. No matter how hard Archie tries to stay away from Gretchen, he will never truly esca ...more
This series is so creepy, you can't help but love to hate Gretchen. She is such a master manipulator and manages to mind f$ck everyone she comes in contact with. There is no one she has messed up more than Archie. It is this train wreck that is the big appeal of these books. You look forward to seeing each of them play the other. Every time you think Archie manages to come out on top Gretchen has a sneaky card to play.

What I really liked about this one was how different Gretchen is for most of t
There is a serial killer on the loose. The killer is leaving a trail of chopped up bodies. Detective Archie Sheridan is on the case. He is joined by his partner, Henry and reporter, Susan, who Archie saved in The Night Season.

Archie receives a phone call from Gretchen's doctor. Gretchen is a patient in the Oregon State Mental Hospital. Her doctor says that Gretchen states she has a daughter and Archie needs to save her. At first Archie believes this is another of Gretchen's tricks but he can no
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My opinion: Although I enjoyed the latest release in the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell saga, it wasn't as twisted as I have seen Chelsea Cain or this series go. I have literally had moments where, due to the "graphicness", my face was crunched in pain thinking of the pain the victims were going through. Gotta say I love a twisted sister!

On that note thought, Ms. Cain's characters continue to be strongly written with a rockin' storyline and she adds som
My husband worked at a psychiatric hospital for convicted felons, so I find it highly implausible whenever Gretchen escapes. I don't know about Oregon, but it would never happen in New York. With that being said, I still very much enjoy reading Chelsea Cain's Archie Sheridan series. This book went fast; I just couldn't stop reading. Susan and Henry are wonderful characters, and Archie keeps getting stronger and stronger.
This fifth installment is where you really find out about Gretchen Lowell's past. Archie is trying to track another serial killer and finds that her past may be exactly what he needs. Henry and Susan are back to make sure that Archie doesn't go too far to the edge. This is a fast paced action packed book about everything from Archie's love life to his uncovering out Gretchen's past. It brings more depth to Gretchen and definitely more with Henry and Susan. I really enjoyed how the serial killer ...more
Archie, Archie, Archie...tsk, tsk. Another great installment from the deliciously twisted mind of Chelsea Cain. I have a warm heart for the setting of this series and like how she calls out specific places in Portland.
This is my favorite Gretchen Lowell story. Crazy, violent plot that kept you guessing and Archie was more likeable. Lots of Susan and she's my favorite character. In fact, I think I liked all the characters better in this book.

I categorized Kill You Twice as romance, but I use the term extremely loosely. Much of the "romance" amounts to a booty call. And the religion is twisted and ugly, not pure and inspirational.

* Archie is clean
* Henry is back on the job
* Henry and Claire are starting t
Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain is another fast-paced thriller from the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series. When a gruesome murder scene is discovered in a park in east Portland, detective Sheridan is left with few leads, at least until the infamous serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, who has been imprisoned in a psych hospital, makes contact with him. The connections between Archie and Gretchen are many, as readers will have come to know from the previous novels in this series, and Cain has ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Chelsea Cain writes thrillers with a twist. Her latest book Kill You Twice is the fifth book in the Archie Sehridan/Gretchen Lowell series. No, they're not a pair of detectives. Rather, Archie is a Portland detective and Gretchen...Well Gretchen is a serial killer with no fixed address. Except she does now - she's securly locked away in a psych ward.

Archie and Gretchen have a complicated relationship. He's the one who put her away, but he still finds himself attracted to her despite the fact tha
Ray Palen
Over the course of four novels author Chelsea Cain has done something thrilling and unique with the serial killer genre. She broke tradition by making the serial killer and villain of the series --- gasp --- a female!

Gretchen Lowell is the female counter-part of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter, complete with the genius-level I.Q. and near indestructible make-up. She has targeted, among others, Detective Archie Sheridan. Much like the afore-mentioned Hannibal Lecter and his ‘muse’ Clarice Starling
Gloria Feit
Archie Sheridan, a detective at the Major Case Task Force in Portland, Oregon, for years had headed what was termed the Beauty Killer Task Force, dedicated to tracking down and bringing to justice a megalomaniac serial killer whose victims were tortured and killed in gruesome ways, graphically described. Their target, Gretchen Lowell, a stunning blonde who claims she had killed more than two hundred people, almost claimed Archie as one of her victims, but despite slowly torturing him over a 10-d ...more
Archie Sheridan has been living a Gretchen Lowell free life while she is locked in a mental institution. For years after she tortured him, almost killed him, and then saved him, Archie's life has revolved around her and been basically ruined as a result. Now, he no longer pops Vicodin like they were candy and has begun to move on and heal emotionally away from her manipulation. He throws himself into solving a new case involving a serial killer who tortures the victims and leaves them in very pu ...more
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I started Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan books at book 3 (entitled Evil at Heart) and have slowly caught up. I was really looking forward to this latest release which is now the fifth in the series. Archie Sheridan is a character that I am now all too familiar with. He is a Detective who worked on the Beauty Killer Task Force which meant tracking down and catching Gretchen Lowell. For those of you that haven’t read the series, you may need to start at the beginning to get a real idea of how the ...more
C.H. Valentino
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Linda Fast
I received Kill You Twice by Chealsea Cain free from Goodreads First Reads. This is one of the most intense thrillers I have ever read and once I started to read, I just couldn't put the book down.
Although I had not read any of the previous books I easily followed the storyline of what had occurred to some degree.
Detective Archie Sheridan was almost murdered by Gretchen who the papers nicknamed the Beauty Killer. Gretchen who is locked away in a mental hospital wants to meet with Archie, she say
Det. Archie Sheridan is still recovering from his last encounter with serial killer Gretchen Lowell.

As the story begins, Archie is at Mount Tabor Park. His unit are examining the body of Jack Kelly who was murdered, tied by his wrists to a tree and appeared to have been skinned from the neck down.

Archie's men are concerned about Archie and he admits to still being weak. He was almost killed by Gretchen who is now at Oregon State Mental Hospital. Then Archie gets a call grom Gretchen's shrink. S
Mo Shah
Gretchen Lowell and Archie are BACK. This one holds up to any of the other ones, including the first one. The Gretchen/Archie relationship is fascinating as hell, and Gretchen is no less deadly in custody.

It's hard not to think of Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling when reading these books, but I actually find that I'm enjoying Cain's take a bit more. Archie is a damaged person, and Cain doesn't really attempt to whitewash it.

The one character that I tend to find somewhat tedious is Susan Wa
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Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her next book One Kick (August, 2014) will be the first in her Kick Lannigan thriller series. Her book Heartsick was named one of the best 100 thrillers ever written by NPR, and Heartsick and Sweetheart were na ...more
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“Lovely chatting with you, darling, but I've got to run. Face it, you're always more content when you're chasing me than when you have me locked up. I think we're going to have a lot of fun.” 9 likes
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