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

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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 July 12th 2008)
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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
Lisa Morgan
Aug 22, 2012 Lisa Morgan rated it it was amazing
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!

Feb 24, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-fav
I'm on a HUGE book high from this one!! I don't think I've ever been on such a "high" from a book before. I'm speechless from this book it's brilliant. I finally got Gretchen's background. I doubted Archie's sense of duty for a moment. My emotions and feelings were all over the place with this one. I don't know how the author tied everything in from previous books to this one but it was amazing how everything just came together. The best book of the series so far. Freaking amazing book!!
Jul 20, 2012 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, fiction, portland
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
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
Oct 16, 2013 Linda Crook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012, read-2013
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
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

Kill You Twice by Chelsea CainChelsea Cain is a roller-coaster read. The action is fast with many twists and turns. And Cain never stops the ride until the very last word.

The Beauty Killer, Gretchen Lowell is all tucked in at a pysch hospital and Archie finally has a chance to heal. The new neighbor may contribute to his well being too, that is if he'll let her. But Rachel may be not what she claims to be. In fact, no one, but Archie, Susan, Henry, and Claire, is whom the readers belie
Jun 01, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, vine, fiction
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
Jun 18, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
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
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Dec 29, 2014 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it it was amazing
When I was looking for something to read, this appeared as a suggestion. It sounded interesting and so I begun reading the series from the beginning and really liked it.

And from there, I started liking the characters, the story, the fast paced and wondered how the mystery was going to be solved at the end.

Also as to who I imagine for Archie and Gretchen. Not sure exactly but Sean Bean comes to mind and Katie McGrath. I don't know that's just me. Just who I thought of while reading the books.

Jan 21, 2016 Shaun rated it it was amazing
So after two disappointing installments, Ms. Cain manages to get back to what she does best, her characters and their relationships.

After reading book four, I was seriously considering giving up. In my opinion, in both books three and four she failed to develop her supporting cast and further develop interesting subplots, something that needed to happen. After all, the relationship between Archie and Gretchen can only take this series so far. Luckily, in book five that is exactly what she does.
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
Jul 25, 2012 Jimmmunchel rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2012 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
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
Nov 28, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Chelsea Cain pulls off dark, creepy, damaged, and psycho really well. She strongly nails those vibes in her books, including this one. I liked this book. Archie is trying to make progress, even though I haven't seen much change. But just the fact he wants to move on and loathes his weaknesses creates great tension. I like the other characters too because they are vital in the story and they don't feel like they were placed in there to cover a hole. They feel like they are an integral part of the ...more
Azia Willis
I remember randomly picking Heartsick from a list of recommendations on my nook a few years ago, not expecting much.

It turns out, it was an excellent read. Fast-paced, thrilling, suspenseful, original, dark, disturbing, and all around entertaining. I continued with the series, caught up with Archie Sheridan and his horrific connection with the woman who tried to kill him, Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Queen Killer.

As a victim of Stockholm syndrome, Archie both loved and hated the woman who poure
Dec 16, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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.
Paul Pessolano
Aug 18, 2012 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
“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
Aug 28, 2012 Albert rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2012 Darcy rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
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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Nov 16, 2012 Best Crime Books & More rated it it was amazing
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
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Aug 28, 2012 C.H. Valentino rated it really liked it
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Mo Shah
May 13, 2013 Mo Shah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Oct 06, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it

Another great read by Cain! The twists and turns in this one are so good too. I must say that Susan continues to annoy me and I don't understand how they thought Pearl would be safe at her house. I knew from the instant Pearl showed up that the killer was going to find her. Susan just remains annoying and does the same stupid moves in every book since #3. I LOVE that we finally begin to learn about Gretchen's history and I am itching to know more! The pieces that Cain gave us were so good and I
Oct 19, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 19, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
It's my fault I'm not rating this book higher. I should never have started this series with the 5th book. Most of the book I found myself trying to play catch up. This is definitely a series you want to read in order. But now I am intrigued and want to go back and start with book one. It sounds like a pretty good series. I'll probably even change my rating on this book once I read the other books and get the entire back story to all the characters.
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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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