Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1)
The book opens with Detective Archie Sheridan's moments-too-late realization that he's fallen into the clutches of a serial killer, the beautiful, sociopathic Gretchen Low...more
The main mystery is pretty conventional with a quirky female reporter getting pulled into a police investigation. If that's all there was too it, then it wouldn't be worth reading.
However, the more interesting portion revolves around the relationship betwe...more
I really liked Archie's character. I think mostly because he was not perfect, he made mistakes, he suffered great amounts of pain, and he made bad choices because of that pain and suffering. He is involved in a twisted and sick relationship with a serial killer....more
Archie Sheridan is a detective with the Portland PD. During his rookie year as a detective, eleven years ago, he’d joined the task force that had been set up to capture the serial killer known as The Beauty Killer. For years, they tried to capture the killer, who evaded them, until a beautiful woman came into the picture. She approached the task force, introduced herself as a psychologist, and baited Archie until she kidnapped him, and torture...more
Two years before the "present day" events of the book, Detective Archie Sheridan was captured, tortured, and released by Gretchen Lowell, a serial killer that he had been hunting for 10 years. After an extended sick leave, Archie is returning to work to head up a task force that has been assembled to capture another serial killer. The chapters alternate between events from two years earlier and the current search for the new killer. Also explored ar...more
Archie, just put on homicide right off the bat catches the biggest case of his life, he gets put on a task force tracking a prolific serial killer. Of course profiles have the profile down as older, white male...blah..blah...blah. The task force have been meeting at a shrink's house in order t...more
Gostei bastante :)
...Yeees! Oh, how i love thee. *evil grin*
My fascination with serial killers came back with Heartsick. With a woman as the serial killer made it all the more interesting. I miss watching Dexter. =(
Archie and Gretchen have a very complicated relationship. You'd think Archie doesn't want anything to do with her after she abducted, tortured, left him wanting to die, then turn herself over to the police. Chelsea Cain is playing with my emotions, because I felt something...more
Wow, this book is soooo not my cup of tea. It's a bloody gory Silence of the Lambs-style crime story.
So why did I read it, you ask? Well, it was on sale, first of all. I'd seen Chelsea Cain speak at the Wordstock festival last November with Diana Abu-Jaber, and anyone who knows and associates with my literary heroine Diana is automatically cool by comparison. S...more
TITLE/AUTHOR: HEARTSICK by Chelsea Cain
RATING: currently reading
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Thriller/2007/496 LP pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: stand-alone
TIME/PLACE: presne, Portland, OR
CHARACTERS: Archie Sheridan/detective
FIRST LINES: Archie doesn't know for sure that it's her until that moment. There is a dull bloom of warmth in his spine, his vision blurs, & then he knows that Gretchen Loewll is the killer.
COMMENTS: library book. Serial killer has tortured Archie Sheridan for days & f...more
Forgive the bags under my eyes today. Couldn't turn off the light last night until I turned the last page, and then laid there for an hour with the blankets up to my chin...unable to go to sleep...thinking every creak and groan was Gretchen coming to carve a heart in my chest & force drain cleaner down my throat!
What a GREAT debut from Chelsea Cain!! Sick, horrifying, twisted, heart-wrenching, sad, & hopeful. Many parts very uncomfortable to read, but the story is so well written...more
Anyway...it was worth reading, and I'll have to read the next in the series soon.
I'll go out on a limb and suggest this book is better than silence of the lambs - the sexual chemistry between Gretchen Lowell (the killer inside) and Archie (her surviving victim) twists things nicely, and their relationship is carefully built through a series of inte...more
I absolutely adored this book and found it surprising all at once. I have never before read any work by this author but after listening to this book on audio I am sure to hunt down more of her work until I have read it all.
From The Beauty killer to the After School Killer this is a nonstop layered book fascinating me with deep character formations and a pull towards the next page like a morning body toward coffee. I needed my fix. I got it. Archie is a well rounded fluff...more