She certainly doesn’t look like Gretchen Lowell, the sadistic monster at the center of Chelsea Cain’s “Heartsick.” Blond Gretchen’s eyes are. In this outstanding thriller, the first in a new series, Cain (Confessions of a Teen Sleuth) puts a fresh spin on a scenario familiar to fans of. An unforgettable serial killer-thriller from a major new talent.

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Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. We immediately learn that Archie was captured and tortured by that serial killer.

Her last column with The Oregonian was posted on December 28, Archie knows he is probably going to die. Had heartssick story solely been about Gretchen and Archie’s 10 days of fantastic torture, this would be 5 stars Cain has managed to almost directly rip off the plot to the Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris. Cain isn’t a fantastic writer, she gets very caught up in over describing her characters, her environment and everything in between. Normally I’m not a series reader, but I will definitely be looking for Sweetheart when it becomes available.

Girlhoods in the Counterculture. Archie realizes almost too late that Gretchen has actually been setting her own trap, and Susan is the intended victim. I did, I did, I did.


But the actual mystery, the case Archie is currently working on in the book, I found extremely weak and obvious. The characters, the build-up, the tension sexual and otherwise was intense. When you’re all alone in the dark.

The sleeping around with married men and her stupid decisions at times, i hated her. She let’s Archie go and turns herself in.


But while Cain isn’t a fantastic writer, she does have some really strong core skills. The story was engaging enough. So i am curious to see where Archie goes, and what happens from there on with him and this psycho killer. Archie has previously lead this same task force for 10 years as he sought to catch another notorious serial killer. However, the caiin interesting portion revolves around the relationship between a female serial heattsick, Gretchen Lowell, and the detective, Archie Sheridan, that she tortured before being captured.

Meanwhile, Susan Ward, feature writer for the Herald, is assigned to follow Archie and write a feature about him. Now he visits her once a week as she slowly reveals locations of her victims, and also because he’s mentally dependent on her in a sick, destructive way.

Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, #1) by Chelsea Cain

With regards to the latter, there was no tension, no foreboding, no sense of urgency, and the pacing was all wrong. The first time I read this series I as I mentioned earlier heartsic, it out of order, I actually bought the second book Sweetheart and was halfway through it before it d This chepsea my second go around with this series and this time I’m reading it in its proper order. Did they know somehow the killer was a beautiful woman for the ten years they were looking for her??

The ending of the main plot was a little surprising, but a little like really?

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While he is on the hunt for the killer, he has to relive another case he worked on that included a psycho serial killer, Gretchen Lowell who is now in prison.

Archie Sheridan was kidnapped and tortured by G 3 and a half, junk food reading stars. The story was compact.

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Sep 17, Brooke rated it liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. He had been acting as a profiling consultant alongside Will Graham, when he had in fact been the killer all along. When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Chflsea has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest.

Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. View all 60 comments. Thankfully, that is not the case and in fact, the author takes some time to poke fun at that notion.

This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat A reporter, Susan, wants to do a feature article on Archie and what he went through to capture Gretchen, so she kind of tags along chelsez him while he tries to solve the murder case of the young women.