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

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Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose.

These days, she’s more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre fan club that celebrates the number of...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Marvin
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
Katie(babs)
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
Emily
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...more
Ron
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Darcy
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...more
Michael
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
Katie(babs)
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
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
Shelby *wants some 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...more
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
Blair Mirth
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...more
Bree T
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...more
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
Boof
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...more
Brendan
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
Cheryl
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...more
Erin
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,...more
Natalie
Eyeballs bobbing in the toilet tank, a head found on a hillside , eyeless sockets. Is the famous Beauty Killer out again? Archie knows all to well about Gretchen Lowell, known as the Beauty Killer and he must find her before she kills again. But how will he do that from a bed at a mental institution? Susan, the journalist for the Herald wants Archie's story but soon enough, Susan and Archie find themselves on a dangerous hunt .

Yep this one has plenty of gory details but the story keeps moving an...more
Kasia S.
Previous book in this series, "Sweetheart" was scorching hot but this was more of a drawn out tepid bath, it wasn't bad but it certainly lacked the spice. I recommend reading these in order, and for those who haven't read "Heart Sick "and "Sweetheart" this shouldn't be the starting place, that said I'm happy I got to read it but a bit disappointed to how it turned out. The sheer lunacy of Gretchen being a superstar in the media world was hard to believe, people are obsessed more than ever with t...more
Katy
I LOVED this book! I'm sad that I have to wait 2 months for her fourth book in this series to come out but I'm sure it will be worth the wait! There were more characters and story lines added in this book but I thought Chelsea added them nicely and it flowed well with the story. I've never thought about being a serial killer... You must be pretty warped to even consider doing one BUT if you decided to be a SK, this book would definitely give you some great ideas! The ending left my jaw dropping...more
 Marla
Not the same old story, Gretchen & Archie are back and Gretchen is loose and her fans are hoping she stays free.

Likes:
* Susan Ward is my favorite fictional journalist
* Susan's fact quoting was interesting
* Story kept you guessing
* Started with a splash and after a lag, it zoomed by
* Less unstable and addicted Archie
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Meagan
The third entry of Chelsea Cain's twisted and violent trilogy, after Heartsick and Sweetheart, is well worth reading for fans of the series. It's fast paced and entertaining, and it gives us more glimpses into the minds of the characters we've grown to love and fear. I've rated Evil at Heart three stars, but this is one of the moments that I wish half-stars were possible. I would really prefer to give it three and a half.

The reason I chose a three star rating over the four star rating is that th...more
Bill
The self destructive detective who loves a georgous seriel killer who has killed over 200 innocent victims. This third book in the series starts with the aldulterous police detective, Archie Sheridan, in a mental ward and his recently escaped serial killer, Gretchen Lowell, entwined once again as hunter and hunted. The twist this time is figuring out who is hunting who.

The author has finally turned fermenting grapes into vinegar instead of fine wine. While the book is fairly well written, the p...more
Samantha
Jul 03, 2009 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychological suspense thriller readers
Gretchen Lowell the serial killer from Sweetheart and Heartsick is back and on the loose. Can and will they catch her? Is she the one doing all the killings or is it a copycat killer? These are the questions that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout this book. Ms. Cain has written another thriller that everyone needs to read. However this really isn't a stand alone book. You probably should read the first two books to understand the power over and the relationship that Gretchen has with...more
Jaime
Cain really keeps up the pace in this third book in her Archie & Gretchen series. Gretchen is on the loose, Archie is enjoying a little "R & R" in a local psychiatric ward, and Susan (who I have to admit is my favorite character) is trying to write a book about the obsession with the Beauty Killer, if Archie would only talk to her.

I thought this book moved the story ahead nicely, leaving enough questions at the end to make you wonder what is going to happen next. Archie has it a little m...more
Darcia Helle
This one is not for the squeamish.

I received Evil At Heart as an advanced reader's review copy. It's the sequel to Heartsick but can be read and understood without reading the prior novels. (Although I would highly recommend starting at the beginning, simply because Chelsea Cain is a brilliant writer.) This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I didn't skim over one single word. It's one of those books that will keep you up late at night reading, then keep you up later because it's so distu...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Gretchen Lowell is a killer . Though these days, she,s more of a cause to celebrate than a feared killer. Her face graces magazine covers weekly. Most shocking of all , A Portland Herold news reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre fan club for Gretchen Lowell which celebrates how many days she has been free since her escape from the police. Archie Sheridan hunted her for a decade, after his last ploy to catch her went wrong. He still remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke,...more
Barb
Lucky me - this is a first reads win! Can hardly wait to get it! My partner in reading crime will be anxiously awaiting a chance to read this one too!

Got my book and and I'm finally digging in. This one takes off at breakneck speed! Kept me up late reading. I love a book like that! More to come........

Finished it. Whoa. This is not for the faint of heart. I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. The book moves along at a nice pace and does keep you reading. Susan is back in this book and actually pro...more
Janeene
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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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“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...” 8 likes
“What's she like?' Archie repeated softly. He put his hand on the trooper's shoulder and leaned forward, so his face was inched from his. Gretchen was a beautiful, sensual, charismatic, manipulative bitch, the object of Archie's sexual obsession, his torturer, and the person who knew him best in the world. 'She's a serial killer,' Archie said. He smiled and gave the trooper's shoulder an avuncular pat. 'If you ever lay eyes on her, shoot her.'
Archie turned to Henry. 'I'm ready to go back to the loony bin,' he said”
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