Heartsick - Archie and Gretchen, Bk 1 Author:Chelsea Cain A Living Nightmare — Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him -- and tortured him -- and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night -- and the reason... more » why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.
A Deadly Obsession
Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case -- until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer -- one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can't do, this time, is save Archie's life.« less
Wow, this was a twisted take on the serial killer theme. By page 28 I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Gretchen kills, and enjoys every minute of it. It's up to Archie, who she used as a pin cushion for ten days, to figure out who is killing young girls in the area without loosing his final thread of normalcy. What does Susan, the reporter with hot pink hair, have to do with any of it? Read it and find out! You won't be sorry!
Seriously, if you love thrillers, and ESPECIALLY thrillers about serial killers, then you DON'T want to miss HEARTSICK.
I don't know how Ms. Cain came up with the character of Gretchen Lowell (actually, I probably don't WANT to know!), but she has to be the most twisted killer I've ever come across. You may have thought Hannibal Lecter was the king of serial killers -- but that crazy man doesn't hold a candle to the chilling Ms. Lowell.
Trust me. Get the book. It's that good. Just don't read it while you're home alone, or when there's a threat of a power outage, or when you're eating dinner.
Heartsick was announced as compareable to "Silence of The Lambs" and it keeps what the publisher promised.
Archie Sheridan is a disturbed cop. After surviving 10 days at the mercy of a female serial killer, trying to kill him slowly, his life and mind are all messed up. Two years after his torture heÂ´s still depending on pills and canÂ´t to forget what happened and what his secret feelings are.
Back into law enforcement heÂ´s dealing with a serial killer again until everything makes one huge picture and finally sets him free from his obsession.
I couldnÂ´t completely compare Heartsick with Silence of The Lambs. The story might have similarities but doesnÂ´t focus on the conversations between offender and victim.
IÂ´ve heard this is the new beginning of a series and I will definitely follow it.
This book was seriously scary. The setup leads you to believe that it will be a Silence of the Lambs knock off (indeed the author subtly pokes fun at that at one point), but this is actually a refreshing change from the usual emotionally damaged cop/psychopath theme. The stories and characters are intertwined in ways that will keep surprising you until the end of the book.
The tone of this book is very dark and ominous. Be forewarned that there are graphic descriptions of violence and torture - do not read if you have a weak stomach!
At first this story seemed like there should have been one before, but as you read you will get caught up with flashbacks. It's very graphic. I wasn't sure if I liked it until I read the next book (Sweetheart) then the story came together for me.I am looking forward to the next in the series. Very unusual storyline.
THIS IS BY FAR ONE OF MY FAVORIE BOOKS! THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO MAIN CHARACTERS IS AMAZING,SICK AND TWISTED AND MAKES FOR A VERY GOOD READ! YOU WON'T WANT IT TO END AND YOU WILL BE EXHAUSTED WHEN IT DOES!!