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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chelsea Cain Narrator: Christina Delaine Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781427212047
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With the Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell locked away behind bars once again, Archie Sheridan—a Portland police detective and nearly one of her victims—can finally rest a little easier. Meanwhile, the rest of the city of Portland is in crisis. Heavy rains have flooded the Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the quickly rising waters. Or at least that's what they thought until the medical examiner discovers that the latest victim didn't drown: She was poisoned before she went into the water. Soon after, three of those drownings are also proven to be murders. Portland has a new serial killer on its hands, and Archie and his task force have a new case.

Reporter Susan Ward is chasing this story of a new serial killer with gusto, but she's also got another lead to follow for an entirely separate mystery: The flooding has unearthed a skeleton, a man who might have died more than sixty years ago, the last time Portland flooded this badly, when the water washed away an entire neighborhood and killed at least fifteen people.

With Archie following the bizarre trail of evidence and evil deeds to catch a killer and possibly regain his life, and Susan Ward close behind, Chelsea Cain—one of today's most talented suspense writers—launches the next installment of her bestselling series with an electric thriller.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A suspenseful story of buried secrets and the tales that long-dead men can tell, The Night Season comes alive from Christina Delaine's stellar narrative performance. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys listening to a good, spine-chilling mystery. The Midwest Book Review

  • …Christine Delaine's inspired interpretation of the ditsy, self-effacing, surprisingly professional reporter and intuitive sleuth. Her sotto voce, monotone Archie, is on the money, too. He sounds as if he's still a long way from recovering from the mental and physical damage caused by Lowell. Publishers Weekly
  • Christina Delaine's expert portrayal of the lead female character is spot on…Delaine also does a credible job with the lead male character, Archie…He has been badly injured, and Delaine rises to the challenge of giving voice to his damaged throat and developing pneumonia…the overall tension, humor, and pathos remain strong. AudioFile Magazine
  • Superb…Cain pinned readers to their seats with a unique mix of horror, black humor, and psychological tension. This time she adds another arrow to her narrative quiver: the interplay between landscape and mood…. Terrifying. Booklist (starred review)
  • Superb… [Cain is] the new queen of serial-killer fiction. Kirkus Reviews
  • She's the most twisted--and most beautiful--serial killer on the planet, and she's back.… It's not to be missed. USA Today on Evil at Heart
  • You have to hand it to Cain, who's made the serial-killer genre a thoroughly female-friendly experience.… [She] churns stomachs with a delicate touch. The New York Times Book Review on Evil at Heart
  • We've been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these two books shouldn't work...but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain's ferocious sense of humor. Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly on Sweetheart
  • The forces that conspired to make Cain's Heartsick a bestselling page-turner last year have reunited in its sequel.... With her preternatural grasp of pacing and ability to create vivid characters with astonishing economy, Cain expertly drives her narrative. Los Angeles Times on Sweetheart
  • Steamy and perverse. The New York Times on Heartsick

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/16/2014

    " It was kind of nice to have a little break from Gretchen, but that didn't mean that the book was any less interesting. Good plot and characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hpstrangelove | 2/7/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book, although with the lack of Gretchen Lowell in it, the series needs to be renamed Detective Archie instead. As much as I liked the Gretchen Lowell plot lines in the prior books, I think I liked this book even more because she wasn't in it. I was glad to see Susan, Henry, and Claire back too. I look forward to book 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 2/4/2014

    " Don't let this title fool you. The only way this is part of the Gretchen Lowell series is the fact that Detective Archie Sheridan and reporter Susan Ward are lead characters in the story. Gretchen is mentioned a few times and makes a brief appearance at the end, but this doesn't focus on her evil doings at all. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book. I just want to warn fans of the first three books that this doesn't pick up where the last left off like the others did; however, since it does include the two other interesting characters from the first books, this should still entertain those die-hard fans. I do hope we see more of Gretchen in the next novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Cross | 1/18/2014

    " Archie without Gretchen. Still a decent read. I was glad to see the Archie was functioning better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 1/15/2014

    " Well - as a Gretchen junkie - this was a bit of a disappointment - BUT - as a Chelsea novel - and all things Portland - it was still great. Moved here during the flood - so it really rang true for me with all the water... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 1/2/2014

    " These books by Chelsea Cain are such guilty pleasures for me, and this one did not disappoint. I don't like to put spoilers in online reviews, so I'll just write here that the method the serial killer in this book uses to kill the victims is unique. Almost comically improbable, except that I've worked in customer service so I've learned to put nothing past us humans. Archie has come a long way when this book opens. He's off prescription pills and still the keen detective with a knack for playing the hero. However, sporting raspberry-colored hair in this installment, Susan steals the show. Perhaps I relate to her adept use of Google to track down minute details, her smart-ass sense of humor, or her ability to survive regardless of the circumstances. In any case, she's a character I want to know more about and I'm always rooting for her. Definitely a page-turner that is almost Gretchen-free. A refreshing change of pace and allows Cain to let the reader get to know her other main characters better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/24/2013

    " A disapointment in the series. Definitely wanted more of Gretchen and less of Roy, but Cain can certainly still write. Looking forward to the fifth installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Kovacich | 12/24/2013

    " It was pretty good, but only because I loved all the references to Portland, OR. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daena | 12/23/2013

    " "You like fish, Elroy?" he called. "I like fish." He tried to think of names of fish, and could only come up with the ones he liked to eat. "Salmon. Halibut. Black cod. Filet o'."--page 217 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 catherine james | 12/9/2013

    " My favorite of the Gretchen Lowell series thus far - probably because it featured less than a full page of the aforementioned. *snerk* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 11/25/2013

    " Love this series! Cannot wait till the next one!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Mcallister | 11/15/2013

    " Knd of addicting based in Portland Murder mytery. Not well writen but fun to read because you can picture it all here. If you don't mond serial killers in Ptown! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 10/9/2013

    " very different from the first three, but still good.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dreamer | 7/25/2013

    " Best one yet! Kind of funny that I find the best of the Gretchen Lowell books to be the one that contains the least of her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Pinkston | 12/29/2012

    " Love Archie Sheridan. And even though Gretchen Lowell isn't part of the main story, it's another great installment in a great series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 11/17/2012

    " Not as good as the first few in the series; not enough Gretchen in the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 9/3/2012

    " Chelsea Cain did it again with her amazing writing about Grethen Lowell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Foreman | 7/15/2012

    " 3-1/2 stars. Really like this series and this one's good, although some grammatical errors in the copy I read. I'd definitely recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernie | 6/12/2012

    " I generally like her books, her writing style, and her pacing. I gave her one star less this time around because the choice of weapon, while creative, was a bit silly. It was hard to take seriously. Had she changed the weapon, I think this book would have been a winner! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharrie | 4/11/2012

    " Good suspense book. I kind of liked not having Gretchen as the main character in this book. Overall, the book kept my attention and I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 12/23/2011

    " Very enjoyable reading. Easy smooth book. Nice story, reads well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 12/21/2011

    " I LOVE these books. This books was all about Archie and Susan with a very short appearance by Gretchen Lowell. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann M. | 8/1/2011

    " Not much Gretchen Lowell in this book, but plenty of Archie and Susan! This series always has me on the edge of my seat and this book was no exception. I could not put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamlyn | 6/22/2011

    " Nice change of pace with a whole new murder-mystery story for Archie, Susan and Henry to work on. One of the most original murder weapons I think I've ever read about. Good back-story, and the weather was like a whole other character in the story. Look forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Feuerzeug | 6/21/2011

    " I would have liked more gore, but it was still a good read and Chelsea Cain promises in the acknowledgements to insert more of ye olde splatter in her novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/21/2011

    " Liked the characters and the dialog. Loved the continuous rain, which reflected the plot. Portland doesn't sound easy to live in though! Too wet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 6/15/2011

    " I was really excited to continue this series - this one isn't living up though - pretty choppy - I'm going to stick it out, hopefully it will come around once some questions get answered.

    Stupid storyline and Gretchen wasn't even in it - disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 6/14/2011

    " While I am glad Gretchen wasn't the focus of the book, I don't know how crazy I was about Susan's "voice." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 6/13/2011

    " Wasn't as good as the previous books in the series to me. Something about the idea of an octopus as a weapon, just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 6/7/2011

    " I think her first three where better reads. This was a little far fetched. Looks like there is a 5th on the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 keri. | 5/30/2011

    " OH ARCHIE. OH SUSAN! a Gretchen Lowell book without Gretchen Lowell is SURPRISINGLY AWESOME. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/29/2011

    " favorite part: press conference. "the victims are being poisoned. the weapon is an octopus." "

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About the Author
Author Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her Portland-based thrillers have been published in twenty-four languages, recommended on the TODAY show, appeared in episodes of HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Castle, been named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.” Born in Iowa and raised in Bellingham, Washington, she now lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Christina Delaine is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished stage actress. Her theater credits include Jewtopia, the longest-running comedy in Off-Broadway history, and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and Kentucky Repertory Theatre. She holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.