I met Chelsea Cain years ago when her Nancy Drew parody, “Confessions of a Teen Sleuth,” was published. Like her, it was clever, knowing and funny.
Since that time, she has become a NY Times best-seller with her series about Gretchen Lowell, the Beauty Killer, set in and around Portland. Gretchen is gorgeous and deeply disturbed, a serial killer and sadist. Her love/victim is Portland police detective Archie Sheridan, with whom she has shared intimacy and torture. All the same to her.
Her latest, “Let Me Go,” is partly set on an island in Lake Oswego, in a Gatsby-esque mansion. There is a lavish Halloween party going on. People wearing costumes and masks can be anyone, right? Even Gretchen.
Let Me Go
by Chelsea Cain
Minotaur Books, 2013