This is an unforgettable debut serial killer-thriller from a major new talent - set to be one of the most talked-about launches of 2007. When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim - the very detective who was trying to hunt her down - she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after 10 days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan on the brink of death and hand herself in? No one else will ever know what happened between Gretchen and Archie, and even with his tormentor serving life Archie remains both obsessed and driven by a mysterious, terrifying dynamic that was born during his time alone with her. One thing is clear - Archie does not believe he was ever truly freed. Two years on Archie, shadowed by vulnerable, naive young reporter Susan Ward, must lead a new hunt for the 'after school killer', and he knows that one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. But are there links between these brutal deaths and Gretchen's own unthinkable past? And will this only give Gretchen an invitation to play puppeteer once more?
In turns shocking and touching, this startling, compulsive debut introduces a complex psychopathic killer who will haunt your every waking hour long after you finish the last page...
Chelsea Cain is a humour columnist for The Oregonian and reviews for the New York Times Book Review. She has written for a wide variety of publications and is the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, published by Bloomsbury US. Chelsea is currently writing her second Gretchen Lowell thriller, Sweetheart. She lives in Portland, Oregon.