After reading Heartsick
, I couldn't wait to dig into Sweetheart
. I had gotten to like many of the characters from the first book and I wanted to see what lay in front of them. Most importantly, I wanted to find out more about Gretchen Lowell's hold over Archie Sheridan; what was it about their relationship that made it so hard for him to let go?(view spoiler)[Unfortunately, the answer I got from Chelsea Cain was simple: penis. I was highly disappointed in the revelation that Archie's obsession didn't begin during the time he was held captive by Gretchen - Archie was already having an affair with her before he knew her true identity. An affair which he instigated. Archie even says that maybe he deserved everything that happened to him; perhaps torture was too severe a punishment, but I certainly lost a lot of sympathy for him.
There was also no further insight as to what made Gretchen tick; no history or hints of what triggered her life of violence. The most Cain gave was that she got pregnant and had an abortion (and a hysterectomy) when she was 17 ... and that's it. Of course, I'm far from being an expert, but I highly doubt that alone would make someone want to kill indiscriminately, much less take such pleasure in it. (hide spoiler)]
Unfortunately, with what Cain revealed toward the end of the book, I found myself no longer interested in what happens to Archie Sheridan because I predict it will be more Vicodin and more daydreams about Gretchen. I know there are three more books to the series, and right now, I don't feel the need to read any more about all that. I also don't care to read any more about hipster journalist Susan Ward. I found her palatable in Heartsick
, but in this book, she was just annoying.
I wavered between giving this two or three stars. In the end, I'll stick with three because I did enjoy reading the characters' interactions and dialogues.
I may some day pick up the series again. If I can borrow a copy from the library for free, why not? I still like Archie's partner and friend, Henry Sobol, and I'm still hoping for more clues about Gretchen's crazy, murderous ways. For now, though, I'll be moving on to other books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>