The Night Season is Chelsea Cain's fourth thriller in her best-selling series and the first not to feature serial killer, Gretchen Lowell in a starring role. Fear ye not though because Archie Sheridan and his team, including intrepid reporter Susan Ward, are all back for another outing in this, her most ambitious novel yet, which deviates away from her normal, established pattern to bring something fresh and new to the table.
It is the rainy season and the streets of Portland are in panic as floods threaten to wash away much of the older regions of the town. But the floods have brought out not just the Emergency Services but also the remains of a skeleton who died sometime around the last time Portland flooded. Susan thinks she has story. Her Editor not so much. And then it becomes apparent that a spate of recent drownings were in fact actually murdered! How are these two stories related, if at all? Susan becomes determined as always to find out but at what cost to her and her friends?
This is another great thriller from awesome author, Chelsea Cain! I love the alternative murder weapon used in this story (which I will not reveal but suffice to say, it is a doozy!) and the fact that Chelsea has added a unique and innovative touch to what so could easily have become just your average-run-of-the-mill crime thriller without the usual guest apperance of Beauty Killer, Gretchen.
As always, Chelsea keeps you on your toes throughout and, despite this getting some negative reviews from fans on Amazon, I actually like this more BECAUSE it concentrates on something other than Gretchen Lowell, whom we have come to expect in every Archie Sheridan thriller so far. It is good to see that Archie can, in fact, survive on his own merits without Gretchen and does not need her to carry a plot and this is easily one of the best thrillers I have read in months and definitely right up there with her previous novels to date!
Comes highly recommended!