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KILL YOU TWICE, the fifth in Chelsea Cain’s horrifying thriller series, might well be the best entry yet.

Cain is best known for creating the psychosexual serial killer Gretchen Lowell. But in KILL YOU TWICE — as in the other books in the series — Cain’s magic is in the all-too-human characters of Archie Sheridan, the tortured cop, and Susan Ward, the hilariously flawed journalist. The evolution of Archie’s serial killer task force has been great fun to watch as well. Cain has built a solid foundation in these characters.

No wonder the fx channel is preparing a TV pilot based on her novels.

Like the other entries in the series — HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART and THE NIGHT SEASON — Portland, Oregon, comes alive in this novel. Cain, a former columnist for The Oregonian, does a great job of detailing the city and its keep-it-weird inhabitants.

Note: This shockingly frank story is not for everyone. I flew to Ohio earlier this month next to a woman who turned a sickly ashen color when I mentioned that the tall blonde sitting three seats over was “that” Chelsea Cain. The woman wasn’t afraid of flying. She was afraid of Chelsea.

Full disclosure: Chelsea Cain is a writer for Minotaur Books, so we have the same publisher. Also, at a party this month in Cleveland, I’m relatively sure we were flirting with the same Englishman. Which is a post for another day.

 

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