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Evil at Heart

(Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  14,621 ratings  ·  1,114 reviews
Chelsea Cain’s novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she’s more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer,
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published 2009 by Macmillan
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Terri Lynn Definitely yes. The first book introduces all that you need to know and the second leads on in time. This is a series that needs to be read in order. …moreDefinitely yes. The first book introduces all that you need to know and the second leads on in time. This is a series that needs to be read in order. None of the books are stand alone.(less)

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Mary Beth
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

This is book Three in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell Series. This is a very fantastic dark series. It is definitely not for the faint of heart since there is a lot of torture going on. I was up till 2am reading this book and when I fell asleep I actually had a nightmare. I recommend that you read these in order.

Archie Sheridan was held captive and tortured by Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and sexy serial killer who has haunted the citizens of Portland, OR for years. She brags
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, june-2018
4.5 Stars

Evil At Heart may be the scariest book in the series in my humble opinion, because it's not about one deranged and charismatic serial killer. It's about a group(cult) of people who are obsessed with said serial killer and who maybe either helping her kill or committing copycat killings. I love True crime but I've never understood people who write letters to killers in prison or who want to own things that killers owned or created. I can understand why a person becomes a serial killer bu
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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
The third book in the series seemed to deliver another powerful punch to the gut as Gretchen Lowell is still running loose and Archie Sheridan is so messed up that he remains in the hospital by his choice.

The cast of characters are about the same as the previous book as Susan, the reporter, is more involved in the story along with Henry, Archie's friend and boss. More bodies are piling up in this book and everyone including Archie thinks that Gretchen is back on track with her killing spree.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fast paced read in the series. Review to follow.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
I'm addicted to this series!! Chelsea Cain is an amazing author!! ...more
Another well written thriller by Celsea Cain. I liked this book as well if not better than the last. Gretchen is not as predominant in this story but her creepiness leaks through the cracks of the other insane characters. Poor Archie is still trying to heal from all of her physical and mental abuse and I think he may be on track. Susan is still helping Archie and even though a little off center, her blind heroics come in handy. Some of us are doing this as a buddy read and I am looking forward t ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evil at Heart is the third book in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series. Part of me feared this series would become strained and repetitive, but three books in I’m of the firm belief this series is going to continue growing stronger and will keep us on our toes.

Honestly, I was amazed by the tale in this one. The usual undertones are felt throughout this story – everything we have come to love about the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell dynamic in the first two books – yet the story h
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I am addicted to Chelsea Cain, but something about this book didn't vibe for me.

All the characters are becoming increasingly unlikeable, and the plot line didn't progress much. I'm wondering where this series of 6 books is headed, though.

Definitely not for the weak stomach! 🔪👁
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first two books in the series. The plot is too convoluted and too over-the-top with its many implausible twists. Sure this is fiction and I'm willing to "play along," at least most of the time, but the story-line was bordering on contrived and overtly so. The great characters are also on the verge of becoming caricatures

That said, I've still opted to bump this up to four stars because I think, despite its flaws, Cain manages to do some reall
Amanda McGill
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Not as good as the first two novels in the series, but I still enjoyed it.

Archie has checked himself into a mental hospital as he emotionally recovers from the abuse that Gretchen has put him through. However, bodies are appearing with Gretchen's trademark heart, so Archie has to force himself to confront Gretchen and those loyal to her.

Is it bad that I'm getting tired of Archie and Gretchen? I'm over their scenes together, which seems to be repeating themselves now that I'm into the 3rd novel
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
that ending wow!!!! still thing about it
Titas (I read in bed)
It has been 2 months since Gretchen disappeared after promising Archie that she won't kill any more. Archie is still in a mental patients' home to recover from his last encounter with Gretchen. The media is going crazier day by day with a serial killer loose again. And if this was not enough of a pandemonium, the killing starts again. The same spots of Gretchen's murders are again being decorated with bodies in a similar manner. Did Gretchen start again?

I am now disappointed with the series. The
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm LOVING this series! Hands down my favorite right now! A little nervous that the next 1 doesn't have much Gretchen.. But i wouldn't want it to get old either. I know there are a zillion reviews (this isn't a brand new series,) i just wanted to say, if you're interested please start at the beginning! Heartsick is great.. & you just need to really get to know these "people" to fully enjoy them. Each book is in itself a complete book with an intense plot all its own.. But those characters! You'r ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The 3rd book in the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series by author Chelsea Cain. I had previously read the first 2 books in the series and enjoyed them but to be honest I found this one less entertaining. Maybe the story has worn thin or maybe it was simply that the main character featured a lot less in this novel. This series needs to be read in order to fully appreciate and I am willing to give this series another chance with the 4th book.
Claire Chibi
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Holy crap that was disgusting. I love it!

That's three out of three books in this series that I've finished in under 24 hours each, there is just something so addictive about this series!

My only complaints are the absolute disregard for proper police procedure and the characters constantly making dumb decisions for the sake of creating drama (looking at you Susan, girl, just stop) but hey, the drama is what we're all here for right?
Tim The Enchanter
Well, I wrote an excellent review of this book but it seemed to disappear. I really hate rewriting reviews so I am going to write a mini review as I may never rewrite it.

This installment was below par for the series. These novels are character novels and very good character novels. This installment chose plot over character and it just did not work very well. Thankfully, it gets pulled together by the end and it ends on a high note. I expect better from Chelsea Cain and hope Archie and Gretchen
Sandra Hoover
Just finished - I was held captivated & read Evil at Heart straight through...simply could not put this book down. My heart is still pounding, head spinning, & my mind is mush. Intense, intriguing, chilling suspense at its best! Every single time I thought I had finally figured it out, Cain jerked it away, twisted it around, & had me screaming OMG! My favorite of the series thus far...A Page Burner! Brilliant!
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The third book in the Heart series isn't as straight forward as the first two -but not the less exciting for that. In Evil at Heart we focus less on Gretchen and more on popular culture: people who are fascinated by serial killers, join fan clubs and even psychic/behavioral changes by the vulnerable. Since Cain's intended audience is most likely fascinated by Gretchen, I have to wonder if she's talking about us. Three and a half stars
Danni The Girl
To be honest I did judge the book before I read it, I thought how good would this be with a woman writer writing about a woman serial killer. I was so engaged throughout the whole story it was bloody brilliant.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: May 31st 2020

"Susan shook her head. She had a copy to write. She didn't have time to be murdered by Gretchen Lowell."

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Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Much love
Nathan Fox
Aug 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ending twist had me laughing in disbelief at Gretchen’s psycho ass once again!! Her saying “men are so simple” right before the big reveal sent a shiver down my spine. I’m having a really good time with this series.
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Michele Shimp
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early, 2009
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 *trains 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
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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)
  • Sweetheart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #2)
  • The Night Season (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #4)
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“Why did you come here?' Gretchen asked.
'To kill you,' Archie said.
'How badly do you want it?'
'Pretty badly,' Archie said.”
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