Books by Chelsea Cain

ONE KICK by Chelsea Cain
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An unsettling, near-perfect effort by Cain (Let Me Go, 2013, etc.) that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next installment."
Abducted by a child pornography ring when she was 6 and held captive for five years, Kick Lannigan, 21, has turned herself into a lean, mean fighting machine. When a boy named Adam is reported missing, she springs into action to save him. Read full book review >
LET ME GO by Chelsea Cain
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Considerably less intense than Kill You Twice (2012) and its predecessors. Perverse and kinky things still happen, but there's quite a bit of downtime in between."
A sixth case for the spiciest salt-and-pepper duo in the genre: Portland homicide detective Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell, the homicidal psychologist who's unsurprisingly escaped from a psychiatric hospital. Read full book review >
KILL YOU TWICE by Chelsea Cain
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Cain's abiding determination to outdo the suspense, plot twists and gore of each previous outing is both perverse and awe-inspiring."
A fourth match—a fifth, if you count The Night Season (2011), in which she's limited to a cameo—between Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, and Archie Sheridan, the Portland cop who alternates between locking her up and having sex with her. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT SEASON by Chelsea Cain
Released: March 1, 2011

"A strong and satisfying, if less extreme, outing from the new queen of serial-killer fiction."
Finally free, at least physically, of his former lover and crazed torturer, Gretchen Lowell, who's behind bars, Portland Detective Archie Sheridan vies with a slightly more mundane serial killer in Cain's latest installment in the series (Heartsick, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
EVIL AT HEART by Chelsea Cain
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Archie wallows in victimhood and Gretchen is a mindless, robotic monster. Is loathsomeness as good a sales driver as sex? Clearly, Cain's publisher has decided to bet it is."
Detective Archie Sheridan (Sweetheart, 2008, etc.) continues his danse macabre with serial killer Gretchen Lowell in what might well be the year's most repellent novel. Read full book review >
SWEETHEART by Chelsea Cain
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"Gretchen requires heavily engineered suspension of disbelief, but there are numerous thrills to be had and, underneath the Grand Guignol, there's a perfectly normal detective story."
The seductive force of the murderess who tortured and maimed him continues to complicate the workaday life of a hard-used policeman in Portland, Ore. Read full book review >
HEARTSICK by Chelsea Cain
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Despite obvious red herrings, Cain (Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, 2005) creates a cleverly contorted thriller plot and characters with memorable personalities."
A detective, emotionally damaged after his own kidnapping, pursues a serial killer of young girls in Portland, Ore. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"Fans of the teen detective genre will like the clever but tame co-mingling by Cain (Dharma Girl, not reviewed, etc.) of series heroes from Drew up to Encyclopedia Brown (but no sign of Harriet the Spy)."
A stocking-stuffer tell-all by the "real" Nancy Drew follows the sleuth decade by decade. Read full book review >