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(Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  17,873 ratings  ·  1,365 reviews
Portland detective Archie Sheridan, the former head of the Beauty Killer Task Force, hunted Gretchen Lowell for years before she kidnapped him, tortured him, and then let him go. Now that she is behind bars, Archie is finally piecing his life back together. He's returned home to his ex-wife and their two children. But no matter how hard Archie tries, he just can't stop thi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
To all those people who have recommended Chelsea Cain to me over the years - you are entitled to beat me over the head. WHY did I wait so long to read her?

Whoever thought I would fall in thrall to a serial killer? Gretchen Lowell is in a class all of her own.

As is Chelsea Cain.

I feel a Chelsea Cain reading binge coming on........
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Serial killer Gretchen Lowell is back in Chelsea Cain’s new novel “Sweetheart,” a follow-up to her best-selling “Heartsick.”
Portland detective Archie Sheridan, has moved back in with his family, and is still struggling with pills and is going through withdrawal from the psycho Gretchen, who he quit visiting in prison.
Archie is investigating a murder case after the body of a young woman turns up in a park.
“The woman had been dead awhile. Her skull was exposed; her scalp had been pulled back,
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say about this book Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain is that its a real page turner it had everything that a thriller of a high standard should have, senators having affairs with 14 year old girl he ends up dead so does the girl, then its Archie's sick twisted obsession with Gretchen Lowell their relationship reminds me of a fatal attraction of the worst kind, as its affecting his marriage to Debbie who sits at home waiting for his return only to find his mind is always somewhere else.

Just a
I didn't intend to finish two books in one but that's just how I happened to spend my Saturday. When I originally cancelled my weekend plans it was because I assumed I would be suffering from a rebound migraine. Luckily I'm migraine-free and what better way to spend a beautiful Saturday in June but by staying inside to binge read. In my earlier review for Heartsick I said I planned to finish reading this by the end of summer but I might finish it by Friday if I keep reading like this.

Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
Chelsea Cain's follow-up to her "Heartsick" reunites readers with Susan Ward, Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell for a fast-paced story that works better if you just switch off your disbelief and just go with the story.

Picking up a few months after the end of "Heartsick," Archie has stopped visiting Gretchen, but remains obsessed with her. He's in the midst of trying to solve a case involving a body in a local park. Susan is hot on the trail of a story involving a local Senator wh
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Fantastic!! Such an unusual serial killer.... I was enthralled through the entire book. No slow beginning, or getting lost with too many characters. Great conclusion with just enough enticement for you to search out the next novel.

Highly recommend for all mystery/thriller lovers!
I liked how this book picked right up the end of the first book. Parts of this were a little unbelievable but the story was strong enough to carry my attention through to the end. It was interesting how Chelsea Cain sucks you into wanting to know what gruesome thing will happen next. It's kind of like not being able to not watch a train wreck. This was a buddy read and we are all caught up in the characters, it's an interesting difference to read about a female killer. Looking forward to the nex ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2009
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Tim The Enchanter
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Another Stunning Thriller - 5 Stars

I rarely have the sense that a novel is truly "thrilling". Despite claims that a story will keep me on the edge of my seat, I rarely experience the phenomenon. Sweetheart is one of the few books that truly left me feeling "thrilled". It is exciting, twisting and a down right good time.

Plot Outline

The lead character, Archie, is working toward a sense of normalcy. He has returned to live with his family, he no longer sees o
Stephen King says about the first 2 books in series: "We've been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these two books shouldn't work...but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain's ferocious sense of humor. The Portland (Ore.) setting is refreshing too."

I really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to book 4. Evil and compelling female serial killer and interesting stockhold syndrome explored. Can get pretty gruesome at times, so not for the squeamish. Highly recommended
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I almost gave up on the series after this book. I was about half way through it, riding in a car for hours on end, and trying not to vomit from the massively damaging spiral of Archie Sheridan's psyche and Gretchen Lowell's crazy ass hold over him. And also a little bit of carsickness. But not the point.

This book is the definitive be all end all of their catastrophic relationship. It builds, it terrorizes and it comes to a head in the middle that makes you want to throw the book a
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killer, audio

Decent sequel to something special but nothing memorable.

Archie’s relationship with Gretchen Lowell is the most twisted in the crime thriller genre. It pushes the love/hate tension to its extremes. But there wasn’t enough Gretchen in this book.

I’m glad the senator Castle side plot resolved itself. I wanted justice but it was getting boring.

It was enormously disappointing that the ensemble cast dynamic, that had such promise, evaporated.

Regardless of the series title I don’t see Gretchen being
Sick book, like its predecessor, which is why it took me 5 years to finally borrow this one. I again found the storyline very deranged and gruesome, and a little hard to believe. Many opportunities to end the terror presented themselves, and still the characters failed to latch onto those opportunities. Surely the reason for that was so that #3 in the series could be published, yet I am not sure I will latch onto that opportunity. Except that I do own that book, and Archie sort of fascinates me, ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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Janie Johnson
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-challenge
This was another great installment to the Heartsick series. I enjoyed it a great deal. I am thinking that Cain is growing as an author the more she writes this series, and I expect that the rest of the series will be awesome. At first I thought this book was gonna be very predictable, but it ended up not being that way at all.

I really liked Susan in this book, she is growing and becoming much more likeable. She still makes some stupid mistakes but she is getting there. I think Cain is doing well
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This gave me what I wanted out of book 1, more Gretchen. She is incredibly manipulative and Archie is too mentally ill to resist her. I don't enjoy the main story as much as I do Gretchen and Archie's by play. I'll probably just read the last book and see how it all ends.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book for the same reasons I loved the first.

The relationship between Gretchen and Archie is exceptionally well done. There is something about flawed characters who are aware of their flaws that is compelling. The supporting characters are also interesting.

I read quite a bit and as a result often see the plot twists coming, but Cain somehow managed to surprise me (and more than once) in this sequel to Heartsick.

The only weakness is the convergence of the background stories, which is
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I'm so addicted to this series. As of right now it's one of my favorites. On to the next one....
Nick Davies
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
For the first half (or so) of this, I was relatively happy reading this, knowing it was a silly, trashy, OTT American crime thriller. Generic and predictable, full of cliché, but nevertheless a decent enough amusement.

In the end though, the second half p*ssed me off somewhat and I have ended up putting the book in my pile to take to the charity shop at my earliest opportunity. Life is too short to read such poor examples of the genre - examples which trot out every stereotype on the block (grizz
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd reading - Talk about a toxic relationship. Archie, former leader of a task force looking for a serial killer, becomes her prey in the previous novel. After dying, and being brought back by the "Beauty Killer", he visits her regularly in prison to put to bed the ghosts of her other, unsolved murders and victims. Even through the vile incidents, the characters, including Archie, Susan, Debbie, and Henry, retain their humanity. Excellent writing, and the twists and humor made me want to pick it ...more
Sara Kate
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gretchen is a psyco and she is taking Archie right along with her. I'm almost scared to pick up the next book to see where this crazy story goes.
But of course I will.
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archie and Gretchen’s relationship is disturbing and morbid, and Cain pushes it up a notch in the sequel, Sweetheart. Trying to figure out why these two are so stuck on each other is the fun in reading. They are each other nemesis, the ultimate good and evil battling over each other souls. They know each other, oh so well, much like lovers, which in a way they very much are, at least in their minds. They are each other’s poison as well as breathing life into one another. You know those people wh ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweetheart is the second book in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series, and I’m annoyed with myself for waiting so long to read it. Don’t get me wrong, I hadn’t planned on waiting so long to read it: I just found it hard to find the book for a reasonable price. After finishing the first book and having a lot of fun with it, I was constantly on the lookout for Sweetheart selling at a decent price.

Was the wait worth it? Yes, it was certainly worth it.

The series seems to have been made wi
➸ Gwen de Sade
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
*5 shining stars*

It certainly isn't flawless but I cannot give this enthralling and crazy book any less than five stars.

I'm totally addicted to this series. Caine's characters strike all your emotions, love, hate, pity, anger, fear, surprise and sadness - how unusual! Plus: I love Archie Sheridan. He's a very interesting protagonist with a lot of flaws. He makes mistakes (aaaa lot!), wrong decisions (aaaaa looot!), but I'll always root for him, no matter what.

You wanna see how he looks like
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly thank you to my Goodreads friend Lisa for recommending this book to me, I had not read any of Chelsea Cain's work before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms Cain really knows how to tell a story, fatal and twisted relationships, power, obsession, tension and suspence are all ingredients to make for an exciting story and that is definitely what is happening here. Great characters, fast paced, definitely on the dark side but very enjoyable.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I didn't read the first book in this series and I'm mad at myself for that but, I don't think it mattered to much because I pretty much figured it out. Loved it! I am definitely getting the next book as soon as I can.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than book one. Review to follow.
Wow for this second book! This book picked up where the first one left off. There was a little more action, more intrigue, and suspense.

Archie Sheridan is still trying to come to grips in his relationship with Gretchen Lowell a/k/a the serial killer as he tries to repair his relationship with his wife at the same time. Things go awry when Gretchen escapes prison and Archie is back out there trying to recapture her.

In the meantime, there is Senator Castle who is wrapped up in something that coul
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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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Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell (6 books)
  • Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #1)
  • Evil at Heart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #3)
  • The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #4)
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“Debbie often talked about Gretchen as if she was his mistress. But to Archie it sometimes felt like the other way around. As if, by moving back in with his ex-wife, he was cheating on Gretchen.
That was probably worthy of bringing up in therapy”
“I like to think of you not being able to end your suffering,' she said.
'I like to think of you not being able to satisfy your blood-lust,' he said.”
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