The book opens with Detective Archie Sheridan being brutally tortured by the serial killer that he had been tracking for ten years. He knows everythin...moreThe book opens with Detective Archie Sheridan being brutally tortured by the serial killer that he had been tracking for ten years. He knows everything about her and what she is going to do to him before she even does it.
There is just one twist though... she turns herself in and lets him go. Now Archie must live his life wondering why she let him go and replaying the images of those near death days over and over again.
Gretchen, the cunningly beautiful and twisted serial killer, is now in prison serving time for the deaths that she has caused and Archie is unsuccessfully trying to rebuild his life. He is addicted to pain medication, distant from his family and friends, and barely resembles the man that he once was.
When another killer begins to snatch teenage girls in the city of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together to lead a new task force to investigate these murders and lead them again through the mind of a serial killer.
This time though, his every move is being documented by Susan Ward, a newspaper reporter, anxious to share the real and true story of his time with Gretchen Lowell.
All of the characters are brought together in a surprising way as they try to capture the killer and bring him to justice.
If you are into suspense, mystery, or are looking for a really good thriller, this series kicks off fantastically with Heartsick and makes me excited to continue this series! (less)
In anticipation of the movie release, I decided to finally dig into Water for Elephants this month. I actually have no idea why I waited this long to...moreIn anticipation of the movie release, I decided to finally dig into Water for Elephants this month. I actually have no idea why I waited this long to read it, but I think I really just wanted to savor this book and read it right before the movie was released so I would be able to remember all of the characters. This book did not disappoint and was one of the best books that I have read this year!
The book opens with Jacob Janowski who is ninety (or ninety-three, a fact he can’t remember) and now living in a nursing home. His days are now spent being shuffled from his room to the dining area, suffering from the everyday minutiae of life in a nursing home. Of course, his life wasn’t always like this, in fact, Jacob’s life was spent with a traveling circus after the untimely death of his parents. Circus life was a hard life for Jacob and one that he jumped to unknowingly when he boarded a train to escape after his parent’s death.
Gruen’s writing is as vivid as a movie screen as the reader is swept away into the hard and difficult life of being a part of the traveling circus during the Great Depression. When Jacob is appointed to veterinarian, he has a difficult role under August, a paranoid schizophrenic, who acts as the animal trainer of the circus. The reader is swept into the sad life of the animals and the repeated abuse that August inflicts on the animals.
The only sparkle of light in Jacob’s life is Marlena, a beautiful performer in the circus, who Jacob cannot stop thinking about. Sadly, it is August’s wife that he has fallen in love with, and the reader will sit on the edge of their seat as Jacob risks it all to free Marlena from the abusive life that she has been leading with August.
More than a love story, it is an unbelievably well-researched look into the life of the circus at this time, and a love story of how Jacob & Marlena fall in love with an elephant named Rosie who makes a reader’s heart melt in her beauty. Equally impressive is how Gruen is able to capture the life of the elderly as Jacob reminisces and longs for his youth. The ending is perhaps a little too neatly woven, but is a satisfying conclusion to it all as a reader!
Vivid, descriptive, cinematic, raw, chilling… I felt as though I was on a roller coaster just reading this one! Definitely give this one a read before hitting the movie theater! Let’s hope the movie is half as good as this book!
The best Hoffman book in a long time. I loved how the characters all intertwined and I was captivated by the story. Would highly recommend it, even if...moreThe best Hoffman book in a long time. I loved how the characters all intertwined and I was captivated by the story. Would highly recommend it, even if you aren't an Alice Hoffman fan.(less)