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 bit, it will definitely leave you anxious for the sixth book. What a cliffhanger!
Some of Gretchen’s backstory is filled in here, though it seems like readers will have to look to future volumes for the rest of it - only one chapter is closed here. It’s a fast and fun read and MUCH stronger than the previous book in the series.