She certainly doesn’t look like Gretchen Lowell, the sadistic monster at the center of Chelsea Cain’s “Heartsick.” Blond Gretchen’s eyes are. In this outstanding thriller, the first in a new series, Cain (Confessions of a Teen Sleuth) puts a fresh spin on a scenario familiar to fans of. An unforgettable serial killer-thriller from a major new talent.

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I found myself not giving a rats ass about the current killing spree The fact is, chelsfa is violence or descriptions of violence in most every chapter. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all.

chelses That’s why this book made it onto my “favorite series firsts” shelf – it was freaking amazing! What’s worse is an author I used to respect, Chuck Palinuk Fight Club praised it as being “the most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter” With a woman as the serial killer made it all the more interesting.

I just wasn’t that excited. This has potential, except that it’s blatantly ripped off of House.

There are other sexualized elements but nothing is graphic or explicit. I’m purchasing the next book right now. I wish I had a grade lower than 1.

As they appear to be related, Archie Sheridan is called out of a medical leave to lead a taskforce to solve this crime. The Gretchen Lowell, Archie Sheridan relationship was more interesting. There was a problem adding your email address. When you’re all alone in the dark. It was published on September 4,and was an instant New York Times bestseller. Other changes are suprivilous or different forms of plagiarism.

Here’s the plot to Heartsick: Published September 4th by Minotaur Books first published Added by 9 of our members.

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See all 3 questions about Heartsick…. She tortures him for ten days, cutting his skin, then seduces him. Excellent story and writing, reading the whole series and loving it. The reader inside of me won out, or maybe Gretchen has ahold of me as well You’ll think about me tonight, won’t you?

In fact, I thought all the characters were multi-layered and interesting, which is what earned this a fifth star. Fans of well-written thrillers.

I just read Kill You Twice and now just started the first one and it’s been bugging me. In the story, a series of young girls have been murdered. As the current serial killer investigation team rushes to find the new murderer, Archie allows a young reporter, Susan Ward, to shadow him and write exclusives on the “hero cop” who has returned addicted, as Susan soon learns to the force.

Having retired after the incident, Graham is called back into duty to catch a new serial killer with Lecter’s help, as Lecter feels he has a special connection to Graham.

She’s in prison now and he is hooked on pills, lost his marriage and sees Gretchen every Sunday in prison. Sep 30, Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing.

Archie Sheridan becomes one of her victims. View all 4 comments. If that’s all there was too it, then it wouldn’t be worth heartsic. There are multiple murder and the descriptions of the condition of the bodies is at time explicit.

The detail of this are not immediately clear. I am simply giving approximations. And while this new serial killer is nowhere as bad as Gretchen, the killer is just as screwed up in the head as she heqrtsick.

Layla Torres I have only read Heartsick, but it mentions very vaguely why she was called the Beauty Killer. Cain uses description as a crutch and Heartsick is a poorer book because of it. Macmillan Digital Audio Availability: But the actual mystery, neartsick case Archie is currently working on in the book, I found extremely weak and obvious. This is how this book begins! The New York Times.

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But it’s definitely strange and a coincidence that she just so happened to be a beauty herself. As he hunts this new killer named “The After School Killer” because he kidnaps 15 year old brunettes as they make their way home chelses school, he is joined by eager but self conscious reporter Susan Ward who has been assigned to write a puff piece about him.

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

We ask Cain what it was like spending time with her new creation. Heartsick had one of those gripping and exciting sounding blurbs. Archie Sheridan was a detective who was happily married and daddy to a little boy and little girl. I’m dumber for having read this.

Chelsea Cain

He spent a decade trying to find and capture the Beauty Killer who killed people. Archie realizes almost too late that Gretchen has actually been setting her own trap, and Chelssa is the intended victim.

The chilling Gretchen Lowell sits behind bars in a maximum security prison, but every Sunday Archie goes to visit her and in a sick and symbiotic relationship, Gretchen reveals the location of more of the bodies she dumped years past while continuing to torture Archie mentally.