Sep 06, 12
Read in September, 2012
This is an amazing thriller, with some of the creepiest torture scenes, both physical and psychological, that I have ever read. I'm pretty jaded, but there's one scene in particular in this book that really got to me, and I've read my share of "twisted serial killer" books. Gretchen Lowell is right up there with Hannibal Lecter in the diabolical department, and though the idea of these characters going on for 4 (and counting?) more books would normally be a turn-off (I hate authors who can't end a story...I'm talking to you, Frank Herbert), I'm dying to see what else we can learn about Gretchen and her sick, sick relationship with Detective Archie Sheridan. What really makes this book a success is that, though it's quite a page-turner, aspiring to the fluidity of Michael Connelly, and, at his best, Stephen King, Cain is extremely adept at characterization, building complex personalities you really want to know more about. And it's got some extremely funny stuff in it. It reminded me of Gillian Flynn's morbid and sardonic first novel, Sharp Objects. Though ti took me about four years to get around to this once I put it on my Amazon wish list, it was well worth the wait. Highly, highly recommended!