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The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #4)

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A CITY ON FLOOD ALERT
A KILLER ON THE RAMPAGE


Heavy rains have burst the banks of the Willamette River; several people have died in the furiously rising waters...but the latest victim didn't drown. She was killed before she went into the water. Soon, other victims are found, and Police Detective Archie Sheridan realises that Portland has a new serial killer on its hands.

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Paperback, 388 pages
Published 2011 by Pan Books
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
I really enjoy this series. I have to say though, I was a little disappointed that Gretchen Lowell only had a three minute part in this one. This is book 4 in the series and is very different from the others in the series For starters the title of the book doesn't have the word heart in it. I loved to read about the relationship of Gretchen and Archie but in this one you have the relationship of Susan and Archie. Susan is one crazy chick and I really like her a lot.

A Portland river, the Willemet
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Erin
Chelsea Cain somehow makes a story about a massive flood interesting. The Night Season is the 4th book in the Archie Sheridan series but unlike the first 3 this book does not revolve around Archie's twisted relationship with beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell, in fact Gretchen is almost completely absent from this book(hence the lower rating).

The Night Season is still an above average mystery/ thriller but its just not what I'd become accustomed to reading in this series. It wasn't dark an
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Emily
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A lot of people on amazon seem to take issue with this book because it only has about four seconds of Gretchen and the rest is spent on an actual plot and actual crime solving during a massive Katrina style flood in Portland. Personally, by this point, I'm pretty damn glad to have a break from the psychosis that is Gretchen Lowell and the abominably annoying relationship she has with Archie Sheridan.

I thought this story was great. It has a lot more Susan being awesome, and Archie has finally fi
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Flannery
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like This Series But Can't Skip An Installment
Uuuuuugh. Say every book was a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece would be a different part of the book--each character, the plot, the setting, the pacing, description, you get the point. At the end of the book, you should be able to sit back and enjoy the completed masterpiece and how the pieces all fit together perfectly. Oh man, this book is like that person that comes up to you when you are doing a puzzle and then just dumps all the pieces out. (THE EDGE PIECES FIRST, MORON! IT'S A SYSTEM!) I hate th ...more
Petra
Not really a Gretchen story as she only puts in an appearance right at the end. Missed her, but nevertheless enjoyed this one because I like Archie and Susan. Quite different plotwise but it all came together in the end. Clever.
Robin
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
March 2011 publication.

I hate to tease you but Chelsea Cain has outdone herself on this fourth entry in the Gretchen Lowell (aka Beauty Queen) series although Gretchen appears mainly in spirit.

Portland is in the midst of one of Oregon's rainiest seasons with the Willamette River threatening to go over the seawall and flood downtown. In the meantime bodies are turning up with bizarre wounds of which have never been seen before (the method of killing is definitely inventive). Portland homicide det
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✨Susan✨
Love this series.
*TANYA*
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I can't believe how brilliant this author is, another fantastic book to this series.
Moira Russell
PERFECT SICKBED READING JUST ARRIVED THANK YOU MARY.

***

Not to sound super-bitchy, but if I'd known this book would feature Gretchen Lowell only once for a moment near the very end, I wouldn't've pre-ordered it at full price. It's not bad -- there's also less Archie, really, but a lot of Susan, and some good subsidiary characters too. But let's face it, the real charge in these books is the sick connection between the Beauty Killer and her captive/captor, and without that, I was stuck thinking "W
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Janet
Not on a par with previous two books. All that water!!! Review to come.
Shaun
This is a tough one to rate. If you're still reading this series, you may be like me in that you were hooked in book one and two by the Archie/Gretchen dynamic. Book three featured Gretchen but somehow failed to live up to its predecessors. Book four, in which Gretchen is out of sight though not completely out of mind, also fell short of the initial two books.

Interestingly, while many people who didn't like this book found Gretchen's absence to be the problem, I don't agree. I honestly felt we n
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Richard
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chelsea-cain
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WendyB
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ha-tbr-2018
I enjoy watching the friendship between Archie and Susan grow. Nothing romantic, just the way they've grown to respect and worry about each other.
A creepy villian and some strange dark humor make this well worth reading even if Gretchen isn't in the horror mix.
Josh
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, read_2011
With notorious Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell on the peripheral, Chelsea Cain's 'The Night Season' is a shade or two lighter than the previous series installments. Focused predominately on the quirky journalist, Susan as she attempts to uncover a string of murders seemingly linked to a present day flooding of the Willamette river in Portland and a disastrous flood that wiped out a community in 1948, 'The Night Season' is more a by-the-book police procedural than manic serial killer thriller.

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Courtney
I'm not going to lie. I adore Chelsea Cain and it's almost impossible for me to put her Archie & Gretchen series down, but I was disappointed with #4. Not enough action, not enough blood-and-guts, not enough Gretchen, not enough evil. If that makes me a bloodthirsty psychopath, so be it. I have seriously high expectations of Cain and they were not met with this book, though I confess I was able to smash through it in a matter of hours, more or less.

What I will praise is the development of Su
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Janie Johnson
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This was a great read, it is book #4 and probably is now my favorite so far in the Heartsick series. I did not think that was even possible. Our beauty killer is absent for the most part and it brought the book back into a more believable reality.

I must say that I think Susan is probably my favorite character in the series at this point. She has grown so much from being the spoiled brat we first met. Archie is finally acting like a true hero, and our splendid cast of characters have grown by le
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
When it comes to series, you take a little break from the main villain sometimes. It can be a good thing or it can not. The case with the 4th book in the series, it was a nice change of pace.

I did take a little break from it, not in the mood to read it. Then came back to it and liked it enough. I mean there's a little bit more Susan, with her reporter driven personality and ever changing hair dye with each book. I was okay with that. About time she got character development, well, more so in thi
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Kristin
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of Chelsea Cain's books in this series, and this one is no different.
I know that Gretchen was a main character in the other books, but I really liked that she wasn't in this one (at least not as much as the others). I actually enjoyed just reading about Archie and Susan and the issues at hand.. and I would have to say that the issues were definitely different and made the story even more enjoyable!
I look forward to the next two books, I just wish that they would keep going aft
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Angela
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How timely for me/ I live in Louisville KY and for the past couple of weeks we have had rain, rain, and more rain so the Ohio River has flooded. Many riverfront properties are underwater. And lo and behold this book is about FLOODs in Portland, OR. One in 1948 and one in 2017. Gretchen is in jail awaiting her trial so she for once is not the star bad guy. Octopuses and kidnapped child, skeleton from the 40's and so many other factors are included.
Katie(babs)
Ever since Chelsea Cain arrived on the scene four years ago with her Gretchen Lowell series, I’ve been hooked. For those who may not be aware, Gretchen isn't the protagonist, but the villain, and one who has made quite an impression as amoral serial killer obsessed with Portland, Oregon detective Archie Sheridan who knew her on more intimate terms. Some would say that Archie was a willing victim because he allowed himself to be placed in the situation where she tortured and mutilated him, but he ...more
Chris
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

This is one of those series that I keep in my back catalog. It's the kind of book you read when there isn't anything else you want to read and you need a filler. The first book Heartsick was really good and it was my first Advanced Reader copy I had ever gotten. The story was really good and I liked the characters. As the series has gone on I have sort of fallen out of love with these books yet I keep going.

This is the first book in the series that doesn't ha
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Cheryl
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Famous female serial killer, Gretchen Lowell has been arrested for the second time. It does not look good for Gretchen this time. Meanwhile, Archie has been seeing a psychiatrist and been staying off the prescription medications for a while now. Archie is actually communicating and working with his co-workers again.

Susan Ward works as a reporter for The Herald. Now that anyone is counting but she and Archie have saved each other’s lives a few too many times. You could almost call Susan and Arch
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Jeremy Hurd-McKenney
There is an abrupt change in tone in this fourth installment of the Archie Sheridan series, and it doesn't work at all for me. Cain trades in yucks for yuks, and frankly, it sucks. Instead of a late night scare fest, all I got was a tepid script for a police procedural. Perhaps if this had been a standalone novel featuring new characters that were not already well-established, this style of novel would have worked better; with these characters living in the world Cain has already built for them, ...more
Randy
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chelsea Cain's story here, like her previous books, is gripping, tense and populated with memorable, if odd, characters. But The Night Season was something of a disappointment for me. Yes, like others, I missed Gretchen and her psycholgical drama with Archie, but my bigger concern in this book is a plot that failed to convince me to suspend my disbelief. For example, the serial killer uses a tiny, rare octopus to kill his victims--randomly, it appears. Why would he choose such a weird and danger ...more
Wendell
Let’s start with this: What Chelsea Cain knows about marine biology would fill a toothpaste cap (the travel size) with room left over for a small cephalopod. (Oh, Lord, I hope I haven’t spoiled things for you already.) In fact, the killer’s weapon of choice in this neuron-snuffing annoyance of a snooze-inducing hack job is blatantly ripped off from Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, a novel that was, itself, no miracle of accuracy. Actual research was apparently too, like, boring for Cain and als ...more
Amy
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this next book in one of my favorite series right now. I was worried this one wouldn't be great since I didn't think the previous book in the series was as strong as 1 & 2. I'm hoping that #3 was just an anomaly! If this book is any indication, I think that might be correct!

Although Gretchen Lowell is not really more than a quick mention in this book, her influence permeates every page due to her lasting impact on Archie. I love Archie and Susan so this book really gave Chels
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Victoria
This fourth installment of the Gretchen Lowell/Archie Sheridan series has little in common with the previous three books. First of all, Gretchen plays only a small role. And while this may bother some, it does lend some needed credibility to the series as a whole. Unfortunately, the murder weapon that Cain has her latest killer use completely destroys any of that newly built credibility in its utter ridiculousness (not to mention the fact that instantaneous death is not an actual biological real ...more
➸ Gwen de Sade
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Sorry to everyone who met me for a coffee the last few weeks, because all I do is fangirling about this series and especially to those who are reading this because of me and aren't hyperventilating all the time :D

That being said:




..because this book is awesome as well! I get that people are missing Gretchen in this book but the book itself as a mystery is enthralling and very well-done, I really enjoyed it.

What is it that Cain does so well? Hmm, for me, it's definitely the characters. I adored e
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Bridget
It is incredibly misleading to call this book "Gretchen Lowell #4" as Gretchen is basically not in the book except in a couple of passing comments made by other characters. In a way though, I actually liked this book better than #3 because I found Gretchen's power over Archie a little ridiculous and overdone, and so this was actually a nice breather. Susan continues to be one of the most annoying characters of all time though, and her stupidity runs rampant throughout the entire book.

I did enjo
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Elvan
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more of a police procedural than the previous books in this series and I think I enjoyed this less Gretchen and more Susan approach. I wish the author would continue with case solving by clues and interviews which don't always pan out instead of the pure psychological thrillers she has written. This one was just as tension filled but felt more like a real case would evolve.
If Portland floods as much and as often as this book indicates, I think I will remain inland. Archie is put through th
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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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