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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
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Hardcover, 326 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Laura Longoria I am addicted to these books! The first one I read was Kick! I just had to read her other novels! Suspenseful and difficult to put down! I almost miss…moreI am addicted to these books! The first one I read was Kick! I just had to read her other novels! Suspenseful and difficult to put down! I almost missed my metro stop I was so engrossed! Soon I will be caught up with all of Cain's books and craving more!(less)
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Mary Beth
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell Series. I think this is the best one out of the series so far!

Gretchen claims over 200 murder victims, but how could she have killed Jake Kelly, the philanthropist who volunteered at the Life Works Center for Young Women? Yet the corpse, bashed, skinned, hanged from a tree on Mount Tabor and decorated with a lily, certainly seems like more of her handiwork. So does the body of PR flak Gabby Meester, taken from her car and set afir
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Erin
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, june-2018
4.5 Stars

Five books down.

One to go!

After 5 books we finally learned a little bit about Gretchen's background and I think Chelsea Cain is for some reason trying to soften Gretchen up. Which is unnecessary because the reason most of us readers love her is because she's a pure and unapologetic psychopath.

I think its a testament to how excellent a writer Chelsea Cain is that I'm still all in on the series. I love to read series but I also usually lose interest at around book 4 or if its a tv serie
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I know people seem to enjoy the series as it goes on but I just don't get it. Gretchen has killed over two hundred people,she's been put in prison, escaped put back in prison and since I have not read the past few books I'm going to hazard a guess and assume she escaped again because this time she is in a mental facility. Every time she escapes she kills someone, at what time do they say enough is enough. How can I skip two books and the same thing that happened in the first two is the same thin ...more
✨Susan✨
All of the usual suspect are back in this 5Th book in the series, which is one series you should definitely start at the beginning. Gretchen is in an insane asylum and Archie is now tracking a serial killer who is leaving her heart signature at the murder scenes. I really liked this addition because we learn about Gretchens past. Archie is finally getting a grip on himself around her and is actually getting a type of revenge. Twists and turns made this a great read. I had a slight problem with t ...more
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
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*TANYA*
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
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!!
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man! I didn’t think she could surpass the first 1 or 2, but I think this may be the best of the series so far! & now there’s only 1 left..😔 I’m excited but feel that feeling in my stomach. I hope all my “people” end up well..
(The audiobook was GREAT! They’ve all been good but I think with this 1 hearing them really added something to this story.)
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Lisa Morgan
Dec 15, 2011 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!

Beverly Duffy
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popsugar-2018
Love this series. So glad Gretchen is back and damaged so we think. Started off a little slow then halfway through it kicked into gear. I couldn’t put it down. Ready for the next book.
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
Scott
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, portland, fiction
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
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Linda Crook
Aug 08, 2012 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
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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 bel
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Julie
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vine, own, 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
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Robin
Dec 19, 2011 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
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Barry
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kill You Twice is the fifth in the series following the serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, known as the Beauty Killer, because, not surprisingly, of her great beauty and Detective Archie Sheridan, her pursuer and love interest.

Cain, as is her habit, starts off with a horrifyingly brutal murder followed by another which have some of the earmarks of a Beauty Killer killing. But she is safely institutionalized under extremely secure circumstances including heavy duty meds, leather constraints and loc
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Oct 19, 2012 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
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
Dec 29, 2014 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.

Yeah
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Shaun
Jun 04, 2015 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.
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Victoria
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
Donna
Nov 27, 2014 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
Brenda
Dec 11, 2014 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.
Jessie
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
This edition to The Archie Sheridan & Grechen Lowell series has to be the most twisted story yet! Cain tied in so many things from her previous books that had me going "OH MY GOD!" I was shocked multiple times with this one and the book kept me guessing. ...more
Katie(babs)
Feb 20, 2012 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
Michael
Det. Archie Sheridan is still recovering from his last encounter with serial killer Gretchen Lowell.

As the story begins, Archie is at Mount Tabor Park. His unit are examining the body of Jack Kelly who was murdered, tied by his wrists to a tree and appeared to have been skinned from the neck down.

Archie's men are concerned about Archie and he admits to still being weak. He was almost killed by Gretchen who is now at Oregon State Mental Hospital. Then Archie gets a call grom Gretchen's shrink. S
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Jimmmunchel
Jul 25, 2012 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
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Beth
I'm o b s e s s e s e d with these two.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: June 10th 2020


"Life was a series of near misses. Car accidents dodged by quick reflexes. Railings that broke falls. Antibiotics. Seat belts. Helmets. We should all be dead a hundred times over."


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Lindsey Gandhi
Hands down the best book in the series. Oooohhh Gretchen, how I missed your psychotic self in the last book. Glad to have you back to your wicked ways!!!
Tonya
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Woooow. I had a feeling something weird was going on in this one, but I really didn't have a clue how weird. There were a couple of reveals that had my mouth hanging open. I want to rush to the next one, but I'm going to wait awhile and savor it.
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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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