Chelsea Cain's third thriller to feature the serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, is the best yet. This time round, the story brings Henry Sobol and Susan Ward a little more into the fold, though it will come as no surprise that Archie Sheridan has another scary ride.
The mainline story seems to unfold in the traditional way, with Archie still facing his demons and the reporter - sorry, journalist - Susan Ward, hoping to get an interview with him. But body parts and corpses turn up and clues do suggest that Lowell is back in business. But is she?
Thankfully, Sheridan sets out to track down the killer and, although it's a little coincidental, Susan, too, is brought into the hunt. From that point, the story is fast-paced; there's scarcely a page without absorbing action and it's a book that just demands you read on - and on.
I don't want to spoil the storyline but there is definitely a host of red herrings before Archie - and Susan - finally have to face the grim outcome of their investigation. And it's not pretty. Chelsea Cain is able to deliver blood and gore in abundance in ways that wil shock most of us and yet we still have to reach the end to see where we go from that point.
Fans, myself included, will be delighted. New readers will certainly not be disappointed with the style and flair she puts into her novels. Oh dear, another year to wait now for her next book.