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Let Me Go (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #6)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  6,596 Ratings  ·  735 Reviews
"[A] masterful blend of psychological suspense and straight-up gore, chronicling the twisted bond between police detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell."—Criminal Element

Detective Archie Sheridan just has to get through the next few days, then his birthday and Halloween will be over. But with escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, the inve
Paperback, 372 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published August 13th 2013)
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Mary Beth
May 01, 2017 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 350-series
Oh my gosh! I loved this series. This is the last hook in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell Series. It was so good. It dealt with so many fears. Imagine being led in the pitch black darkness in a tunnel with cobwebs all over it and spiders dropping on your forehead and not being able to get out of it because once you are there the door is locked where you were led. Another fear is snakes, lots of them. This one scared me and I don't scare easily. I just loved this book. Think of any fear a ...more

I think I'm done with this series.

It wasn't terrible. Cain does a decent job ratcheting up the suspense with her serial killer who may show up at any moment, foot chases around an old bootlegger's mansion, and the repeated kidnappings of the apparently not-very bright Susan who should really know better by now.

However, Gretchen, the anti-heroine of this series, is now just annoying. She's not only a doctor, but also a super-hacker to boot. Of course she is. Plus, she's the Mary Poppins of kil
Sep 18, 2013 Ash rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

That's all I have to say.

Let me elaborate:
I really have no idea why I subject myself to this series except I have some really annoying masochostic side to my personality. I believe Let Me Go is about Det. Archie Sheridan trying to protect Leo Reynolds cover when Leo's handler, Carl, is killed. Also, serial killer extraordinaire Gretchen Lowell is still on the run. It's also Archie's birthday. And Halloween.
There's also a serial killer on the loose.

This is just me simplifying the story. How m
This is a great series and must be read in order to fully understand the relationship between Archie and Gretchen. So many feelings of love, hate, mental addiction, repulsion, sympathy etc. are evoked by these characters. In this addition a small faction of untouchables mess with the wrong detective and boy did they underestimate his unknown guardian. Gretchen is the last thing they expected and the first thing they should have run for the hills from. Fast action thriller with the return of the ...more
Absolutely brilliant! Going to miss these characters. Hope there'll be another one at some stage in the future?!
Sharon Mccall
May 05, 2015 Sharon Mccall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
don't believe everything you read in the blurb. The back of this book stated this was the conclusion to this series so I dug in with great anticipation to see how Chelsea Cain would bring this strange affair between Archie and Gretchen to an end.

She didn't.

Reading a question on her page on Goodreads I discovered that she would be alternating between this series and her new books on Kick.

Don't get me wrong I really like this series but there are surely only so many times the woman can escape??

Oct 04, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
We revisit with Archie, Gretchen and the gang once more in this sixth installment of the series. Gretchen is still on the run after escaping from the psychiatric facility and manages to insert herself into Archie’s latest case. For Archie, investigating a drug kingpin is certainly not part of his recovery and he, somewhat predictably, lapses in his own narcotic rehab.

Despite that fact it has Hallowe’en and Archie’s birthday as main events, I didn’t find anything to celebrate about this book. Wit
Jul 08, 2013 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It happens to the best of mystery series authors: there comes a point when they simply seem to not know what to do with their characters. I appreciate that there is a special challenge for Cain because her two main characters are opposing forces (protagonist/antagonist, cop/serial killer). How to keep the cat & mouse game interesting over five novels? Unfortunately, Cain's sixth novel does not do much to advance the relationship or do something new with the characters.

Rather, Cain, seemingl
Feb 12, 2016 *TANYA* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
Simply an amazing series!!! I sincerely hope there are more books to come, hands down one of my favorite of all time.
Moira Russell

Janet Boyer
Jul 18, 2013 Janet Boyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I look forward to EVERY Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell book. They're delightfully twisted but, more importantly, full of likable, well-drawn characters. I can "see" them all in my head, in fact--Susan (she's got a skunk stripe in this one!), Henry, Archie's ex-wife, Debbie, etc.

LET ME GO continues where the last book left off: Gretchen has left Archie a dog and is on the run (yet again). But she comes back to Portland to celebrate Archie's birthday (Halloween), just as Archie heads to the seclu
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This most recent installment of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series is quite an entertaining read! It has been over a year since I last encountered these characters, but Cain skillfully inserts little reminders to make the events of the previous novels feel freshly experienced. It is quite easy to get swept back into her Portland! The book opens just before Halloween, with the Beauty Killer still on the loose, and heading for Portland just in time for Archie’s birthday. The plot moves qui ...more
Dec 11, 2014 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything I've come to expect from Archie, Gretchen, Susan, Henry, and all the others. There's some history revealed, and some progress made, and some promising hints for the future. As in previous books in this series, there is violence, gore, and sexual content. Since Chelsea Cains's next book is not part of this series, I wonder if she needed a break after this book. It must be difficult to write a book this intense. But I am looking forward to the next one, whenever it may be.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Oh this pains me to rate this 4 stars. I just didn't feel like it was Cains best, definitely not in this series. It lagged in some areas and I was so ready to throttle a couple of the characters by the time things started getting real good then... Its over! Gretchen, you are a naughty girl. Archie, I still love you. Susan, grow the fuck up. Henry, quit being a ball buster. I feel better now. :)
Everyone wants to wish Archie a happy birthday. His kids, his ex-wife and her new boyfriend have barely finished singing happy birthday to him when the festivities are interrupted. Archie is called in to investigate the dead body found in the bathroom of the The Gold Dust Meridian. Still wearing his party hat, Archie realizes the body is a DEA agent and the undercover contact for the son of one of the largest drug dealers in the Pacific Northwest. The son, Leo Reynolds, just happens to be the bo ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 24, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite female and there are only a slight few who can pull writing Crime and Serial Killer novels is authoress Chelsea Cain. From the first time , I picked up Book #1 in her Gretchen series - I was hooked. This is a series where I can say I love all the characters from Archie Sheridan - the Detective who though he won't admit it, still and always will have a thing for the serial killer Gretchen to his quiet but stand-up partner Henry and of course my all-time favourite character Su ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Jacqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
I was excited to read Chelsea Cain's latest thriller, "Let Me Go". Cain has a great reputation as a skillful writer in the thriller genre and has already published five Archie Sheridan novels. This could be a tremendous find for me (I read approximately two books a week so it takes a lot to keep me supplied). The first line was perfect--

"Archie Sheridan had a paper birthday hat on his head and six bullets in his front pocket."

What's not to like about a story that begins that way?

In a nutshell,
Is the this serial killer detective series a dirty little pleasure? Or just a pleasure? I'm not sure, but I continue to enjoy these books.

Each features a compelling cast of recurring characters, most centrally Detective Archie Sheridan, murder police who spent most of his career hunting one serial killer; Gretchen Lowell, the genius killer, several times captured, several times escaped; Susan Ward, the journalist with crazy hair and a nose for news. It's set in Portland, and Chelsea Cain makes t
Aug 24, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Archie Sheridan would just like to get his birthday and Halloween over with but the murder of a DEA agent send him to a masquerade party on an island owned by Jack Reynolds, international drug lord. Archie is supposed to find Leo, Jack's son, to assess if his cover has been blown or if he can continue working with the DEA to bring down his father's business. Archie finds Leo - and a whole lot of trouble.

When a camera captures serial killer Gretchen Lowell easily crossing the Canadian border bac
Stunning book in the series or the hunt for Gretchen Lowell. So many angles to keep track of that Gretchen seemed like she was in the background, when in reality she was always right in front of the investigation. I loved that the time frame was Halloween, an easy way for her to travel incognito. And I knew the neighbor was up to no good from the last book. I sensed that evil was afoot. Trust no one Archie..... Great book! Susan was at the top of her game as usual, her mother, the hippie was a h ...more
Diane S ☔
Sep 04, 2013 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has to be amazingly difficult to write a book where the main character has a lust, hate relationship with a serial killer and yet this character is flawed but likable. Archie has, to say the least terrible and strange tastes in women. Although I love the character of Susan, she has her weirdness and quirks as well. Rachel, his new lust/love interest is very weird too. It is these relationships and characters as well as the steady Henry and Leo, of the mob boss persuasion, that keeps these nov ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Fin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crap, thrillers
Major spoilers here so be warned.

So there's a scene in this book where Gretchen, armed with a scalpel, takes on an entire security team of former special forces personnel who have transitioned to become mercenaries and she kills all of them.

Are you kidding me?

I laughed out loud at the utter absurdity of the whole thing.

The more I think about this book, the more I've come to the conclusion that it's a freaking mess of an effort.

Chelsea Cain had an interesting idea for a story and wrote Heartsick.
Kate Bond
Jul 09, 2013 Kate Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-favorites
This series is so, so good.

Archie FINALLY makes some emotional progress, and in a way that feels really natural and satisfying.

Susan is still adorable, and she still fucks everything up every step of the way. Her hair is dyed black and white like a skunk's in this one.

Gretchen is in this one, and in a really fun way, although she seems to be able to do pretty much anything. She's like Batman or MacGyver or something.
Sabrina Kammer
Zum Inhalt möchte ich nicht zu viel sagen, da es sich um den 6. Teil der Gretchen-Lowell Reihe handelt und ich euch nicht unnötig spoilern möchte.

Mir hat die Geschichte wieder gut gefallen - aber es gab so ein paar Kritikpunkte, die mir weniger zugesagt haben.
Zuerst die Tatsache, dass Gretchen erneut aus dem Gefängnis fliehen konnte. Ich kann mir schon vorstellen, dass es ihr einmal gelingt. Aber mehr als einmal? Besonders, da sie eine berüchtigte Serienmörderin ist und daher unter strengerer Be
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Um, wow. Just wow. Yeah that's about how I feel about this one. When you're caught up with a series, its nice to take a break from said series now and then. And yeah, this installment in the Gretchen and Archie series was just...weird. I mean weird weird. More so than the other books. Well I guess a tie with book 3? I don't know if that's saying something or not but you get the idea.

You'd think after this, Archie and Susan especially should take a vacation or something. Also I'll say it again, b
Sep 01, 2013 Marcie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A previous book, in this series of six thus far, had a slow beginning as well. The first half of the book has a lot of balls in the air -- this Halloween masquerade party thrown by Leo's drug lord dad, various unrelated dead bodies, sexual scenes for Archie with four different women, Susan bouncing between Leo and Archie, various possible villains, a big chunk of narrative missing when Archie blanks out at the party...plot and character chaos.

But the point is: Halloween is homicide detective Arc
Jul 11, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archie Sheridan has an upcoming birthday. What better way to celebrate than with friends and family. Only Archie has to work. He acts as recon to find out if Susan’s boyfriend and undercover agent, Leo is alive. Archie attends Jack Reynold’s masquerade party on All Hallow’s Eve. This night will be sure to bring out all of the crazies. The biggest crazy of them all…Gretchen. She is back.

Let Me Go is the latest Gretchen and Archie novel. Gretchen is still on the loose after escaping the mental hos
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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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“I've had a really bad day," she said to Jack. "Your party sucked. I think my boyfriend and I are breaking up. I got taken hostage by a serial killer. I have spiders in my hair. And you're being a pig-headed asshole. I'm telling you," she added, with a glance over her shoulder at Razor Burn, "if someone points a gun at me again, or threatens me in any way, I'm going to lose it.” 6 likes
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