by Chelsea Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was excited to read Chelsea Cain’s latest thriller, “Let Me Go (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell)“. Cain has a great reputation as a skillful writer in the thriller genre and has already published five Archie Sheridan novels. This could be a tremendous find for me (I read approximately two books a week so it takes a lot to keep me supplied). The first line was perfect–
“Archie Sheridan had a paper birthday hat on his head and six bullets in his front pocket.”
What’s not to like about a story that begins that way?
In a nutshell, this is about a detective named Archie Sheridan, a murderer named Gretchen Lowell, and an undercover operation that is starting to go bad. It’s become difficult for our hero, Archie, and his fellow police to tell if who they think are good guys are really good and if the bad guys are as bad as they seem. All very confusing because people are dying and others in the crosshairs are Archie’s friends. What makes it more intriguing is that Gretchen, who Archie put away after she captured and sliced him up, has escaped and is headed Archie’s way. She has a ‘thing’ for him. Sure, she might torture him to within inches of death, but she won’t kill him. Which in the end is what saves his life (I don’t think that gives anything away–you probably don’t think the hero of the series gets killed off).
In my experience, there aren’t a lot of series with such unique main characters. Archie is a detective and Gretchen is a brilliant, bombshell beautiful serial killer. Have you ever read a series like that before?
If that doesn’t get your attention, how about romance? Steamy romance, a lot of it for a thriller. To me, it was almost gratuitous, irrelevant to the plot, there to up the ratings and get readers to buy the book. You know that old saying about action stories–if the plot slows down, throw in a fight? Chelsea Cain throws in a lusty scene. If you like Danielle Steele, you’ll like this approach.
Distractions aside, the story is well plotted, characters well-developed, and the ending is macabre. That’s what earned the 4 stars.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, and a monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is editor of a K-8 technology curriculum and technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.