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Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
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Feb 20, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: read-fiction
Read in October, 2007

There's a problem with Detective Archie Sheridan: he is no stranger to serial killers--two years before, he was kidnapped by the Beauty Killer, a serial killer whom he had been tracking. The Beauty Killer then proceeded to torture him for several weeks before turning herself in and leaving Sheridan a complete mess, both inside and out. Now, addicted to prescription meds and hopelessly obsessed with the woman who tormented him for so long, Sheridan is charged with finding Portland's newest serial killer, who is preying upon teenage girls and devastating families all over the city.

Enter a pink-haired, punk-attitude reporter charged with accompanying the detectives and reporting the progress of the case. She and Archie quickly establish a quirky dynamic, and that adds its own little tension to the story.

There's a satisfying plot twist, lots of gore and graphic descriptions of torture, and a great setting for location and mood. Also, a fascinating study in all the ways we humans can self-destruct. A great book, and quite a page-turner, but remember: It's definitely not for the faint of heart!

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