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Evil at Heart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #3)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,321 Ratings  ·  869 Reviews
Chelsea Cain’s novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she’s more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer,
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published 2009 by Macmillan
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Dec 24, 2012 Marvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
While Heartsick was a nifty twist on the serial killer novel and Sweetheart was a good if predictable follow-up, the third installment of the Grechen Lowell series loses the excitement. Evil at Heart misses on many levels. Gretchen Lowell barely shows up, Archie Sheridan descends from tragic to pathetic and the author seems to be wingin' it through 80% of this novel. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the book is the author's choice to make an indictment of our society's habit of glorifying m ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
FINALLY Archie Sheridan gets his balls back. That should really be the subtitle to this book. Evil At Heart: Archie Sheridan Finds His Balls. And it seriously can't come sooner enough after the self induced torture fest that was Sweetheart. Jesus H, I've never wanted to punch a main character in the face more then I did through that entire novel. BUT THAT'S ANOTHER REVIEW ENTIRELY. Moving on.

I absolutely loved this. We see the (somehow, didn't think it was even possible to go further) darker si
Mar 02, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-fav
I'm addicted to this series!! Chelsea Cain is an amazing author!!
Jan 21, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it

This was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first two books in the series. The plot is too convoluted and too over-the-top with its many implausible twists. Sure this is fiction and I'm willing to "play along," at least most of the time, but the story-line was bordering on contrived and overtly so. The great characters are also on the verge of becoming caricatures

That said, I've still opted to bump this up to four stars because I think, despite its flaws, Cain manages to do some reall
Oct 02, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Evil at Heart is the third book by Chelsea Cain that showcases the barely forty year old homicide detective Archie Sheridan who fell victim to serial killer Gretchen Lowell. For two years Gretchen has been Archie’s everything. She has been in his thoughts, much like a drug that he craves everyday even though he knows if he has her, she will be the death of him. She almost killed him once, by holding him captive for ten days and torturing him in the worst ways imaginable to the human mind. Archie ...more
Tim The Enchanter
Well, I wrote an excellent review of this book but it seemed to disappear. I really hate rewriting reviews so I am going to write a mini review as I may never rewrite it.

This installment was below par for the series. These novels are character novels and very good character novels. This installment chose plot over character and it just did not work very well. Thankfully, it gets pulled together by the end and it ends on a high note. I expect better from Chelsea Cain and hope Archie and Gretchen
Titas (Emperor)
It has been 2 months since Gretchen disappeared after promising Archie that she won't kill any more. Archie is still in a mental patients' home to recover from his last encounter with Gretchen. The media is going crazier day by day with a serial killer loose again. And if this was not enough of a pandemonium, the killing starts again. The same spots of Gretchen's murders are again being decorated with bodies in a similar manner. Did Gretchen start again?

I am now disappointed with the series. The
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Sep 17, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my first Chelsea Cain novel and it won't be my last. I was completely pulled into this story. It had a great pace and some very good twists and turns. It was a little dark and creepy. I felt I couldn't look away, it was like glue. I don't think I could read too many of these in a row.

The characters were really well drawn. They also all possessed their own uniqueness and played well off each other. Some of their comments made me laugh out loud. Overall, I enjoyed this.
Apr 03, 2016 Maraia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so messed up, and yet I loved it even more than the first two in the series.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Won this book through first reads. I read this book in one afternoon. I would put it down and then wonder what was happening and have to pick it back up. I ended up liking it, however I think reading the first book of the series helped giving me insight to it. I haven't read the second book and will asap.
I would have liked more of Gretchen in this book. She barely makes an appearance. I wonder where Ms. Cain will go with this series..more of Archie and Gretchen or different characters? hmmm Can
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Well, Archie has to be the most flawed character I've ever read. Well, from what I read so far. I mean there's flawed and WTF how much can they handle/go through flawed. And this one, just wow.

Yeah there was a lot of WTF going on with this one. I mean yeah you have that in the last two books but in this one, just I kept thinking, what's going on and what just happened and of course, what is wrong with you book?

And yet, I kept reading, I wanted to know what Archie would do to solve this current c
Mar 15, 2016 Perri rated it liked it
The third book in the Heart series isn't as straight forward as the first two -but not the less exciting for that. In Evil at Heart we focus less on Gretchen and more on popular culture: people who are fascinated by serial killers, join fan clubs and even psychic/behavioral changes by the vulnerable. Since Cain's intended audience is most likely fascinated by Gretchen, I have to wonder if she's talking about us. Three and a half stars
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Just finished - I was held captivated & read Evil at Heart straight through...simply could not put this book down. My heart is still pounding, head spinning, & my mind is mush. Intense, intriguing, chilling suspense at its best! Every single time I thought I had finally figured it out, Cain jerked it away, twisted it around, & had me screaming OMG! My favorite of the series thus far...A Page Burner! Brilliant!
Carmaletta Hilton
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Jun 04, 2010 Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gretchen is still on the run, Archie is in the looney bin, after he tried to kill himself last time, Susan wants to write a book about Archie, and Henry just wants his friend back.

The world has gone crazy with Gretchen watching, sighting, and building up an industry around this one very crazy woman. Archie is doing good in the mental hospital, he thinks the world is safe with their deal she won't kill if he doesn't kill himself. But suddenly bodies start turning up, ones with ties to Gretchen an
Jul 22, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
It would be easy to compare Chelsea Cain's series featuring serial killer Gretchen Lowell to the best-selling series by Robert Harris featuring the unforgettable Hannibal Lecter. Both series have catapulted their respective authors to immense fame and respect within the publishing community and while Harris has the fame, Cain's series about Lowell is showing signs of having better legs for a long-run of stories. Or, at the very least, that Cain has some kind of plan and something new to say in t ...more
Evil at Heart is the third book by Chelsea Cain that showcases the barely forty year old homicide detective Archie Sheridan who fell victim to serial killer Gretchen Lowell. For two years Gretchen has been Archie’s everything. She has been in his thoughts, much like a drug that he craves everyday even though he knows if he has her, she will be the death of him. She almost killed him once, by holding him captive for ten days and torturing him in the worst ways imaginable to the human mind. Archie ...more
Michele Shimp
Feb 22, 2011 Michele Shimp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early, 2009
I am a big fan of murder mystery series, thrillers, serial killers (in books), interesting and flawed detectives... basically the entire murder mystery genre. It's always been my favorite type of book and I've read a bunch of them. So when I say that this Heartsick series by Chelsea Cain has jumped to the top of the list of favorites, know that it bypassed quite a few great books![return][return]I received Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. When I realized ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Gary rated it liked it
The 3rd book in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series by author Chelsea Cain. I had previously read the first 2 books in the series and enjoyed them but to be honest I found this one less entertaining. Maybe the story has worn thin or maybe it was simply that the main character featured a lot less in this novel. This series needs to be read in order to fully appreciate and I am willing to give this series another chance with the 4th book.
Amanda Steinhoff
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Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Oh, Gretchen. How your lies and manipulation have my own head spinning. I can't get enough of this series. :)
Kelly McCoy
Gretchen is still on the loose and Archie is taking some much needed mental health time. He’s kicked his Vicodin habit but is staying in Providence’s psych ward. When body parts are found in a rest stop toilet, Henry thinks Gretchen is to blame. However, it’s not quite her style and she did promise Archie she wouldn’t kill anyone. She may be a mass murderer but she’s not a liar. The city and the world are obsessed with serial killers. Gretchen’s face is all over Portland and you can even buy Run ...more
Drew Constance
Jul 21, 2012 Drew Constance rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.

Thoughts/ Review:
By now I am pretty sure anyone who knows me, knows that I have fallen head over heels for Chelsea Cain and her Gretchen Lowell series. So it is no damn surprise that I had to pick up the third and the fourth installment at my local library [and order them online for my own collection] as soon as I could. And yet while I am still uncertain about why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the previous installments I admit that I am still a fan and will continue reading the
Bree T
Jan 14, 2011 Bree T rated it liked it
The third installment of Cain’s ‘Beauty Killer’ series, thrillers featuring female serial killer Gretchen Lowell and the cop trying to bring her down (more than once) Archie Sheridan. Evil at Heart follows Heartsick and Sweetheart and we pick up a couple of months after the conclusion of Sweetheart. This review will have **Spoilers** for Sweetheart because it’s almost impossible to talk about Evil at Heart without referencing what happened at the conclusion of the last book.

So when we open, Arch
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
This third installment of Chelsea Cain's Gretchen Lowell Beauty Killer series has Archie Sheridan safely ensconced in a hospital psych ward. His latest injury from the infamous Beauty Killer has healed and he's off Oxcy. He can leave the ward any time, but chooses not to, even refusing to see Herald reporter, Susan Ward, who saved his life. But a gruesome discovery a rest stop changes everything: he no longer feels safe. Gretchen Lowell is back. She has broken her promise to him; she is killing ...more
I loved this! I didn't realised when I picked this from Amazon Vine that
it was the 3rd book in a series and when it arrived I did wonder if it would be OK as a stand alone read. I needent have worried, it's fine on its own although it has now made me want to race out and buy the first two in the series.

The series is about a sexy, female serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, who in this 3rd book has escpaped from jail shortly before a new spree of killings begin. Police are not only trying to work out
May 31, 2010 Brendan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries, fast-reads
The third book in this series seems hurriedly written and probably would have benefited by being more carefully edited. As the series has progressed, I have found myself liking Susan Ward less and less. She increasingly makes foolish "only-in-horror-movies" choices that seem especially unlikely for someone who has been in life-threatening situations with serial killers twice in the past six months. Plus I never find her one-liners funny and don't know why she insists on making them in front of k ...more
Aug 30, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evil at Heart is the third book in this wildly popular series featuring serial killer, Gretchen Lowell and detective Archie Sheridan. In Sweetheart, Gretchen promised Archie as he was dying for the second time that she would not kill anymore people. Archie held her to that promise.

Flash forward to the present. Gretchen is gone but not forgotten. Besides, who could ever forget the beautiful, sinister Gretchen Lowell? She is on almost every magazine cover, on the lips of very person in Portland a
Jan 27, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
Since I read all three of the Gretchen Lowell books in about 3 days, I am going to review them as one.

On the one hand I am totally fascinated by these books. I freaking love Gretchen Lowell in the exact way that the rest of the dummies in the society in this book love her. I'm not saying I would join one of the cult fan clubs, but I would totally be reading all the newspaper articles online and would probably buy a Free Gretchen t-shirt. Also, I tend to be totally fascinated by serial killers,
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Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her next book One Kick (August, 2014) will be the first in her Kick Lannigan thriller series. Her book Heartsick was named one of the best 100 thrillers ever written by NPR, and Heartsick and Sweetheart were na ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell (6 books)
  • Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell, #1)
  • Sweetheart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #2)
  • The Night Season (Gretchen Lowell, #4)
  • Kill You Twice (Gretchen Lowell, #5)
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“Great. First the anonymous call. Now letters. Body parts all over town. It was like a scavenger hunt for psychos. Running after clues with a half-deranged, serial-killer-obsessed, recovering-addict cop was not a good idea. Then again...” 9 likes
“Why did you come here?' Gretchen asked.
'To kill you,' Archie said.
'How badly do you want it?'
'Pretty badly,' Archie said.”
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