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With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of Archie and Gretchen was leftWith Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of Archie and Gretchen was left unfinished, and now Chelsea Cain picks up the tale again.When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's—she's in prison—but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case. Trouble is, Archie can't focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison.Archie hadn't seen her in two months; he'd moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, he's relieved. He knows he's the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all.Chelsea Cain has topped her own bestselling debut thriller with this unputdownable, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat read....

Title : Sweetheart
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ISBN : 9781429932660
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Sweetheart Reviews

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-01-27 02:05

    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
    2019-02-20 04:53

    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, a tangle of red hair separated from the hairline by several inches. Animals had eaten her face, exposing her eyes and brain to the forces of putrefaction. OK, so maybe you shouldn’t eat while reading this book. Reporter Susan Ward also returns to the scene in the follow-up, pursuing a story about a corrupt senator. When the politician turns up dead, along with one of Susan’s co-workers, she and Archie’s paths again cross. Soon after though, both reporter and cop become distracted when Beauty Killer Gretchen Lowell escapes from prison. Eventually, of course, Archie gets a call on his cell phone ... “Hello, darling.” She’s back. He’s obsessed. What follows is a wild ride of a novel. Archie wants to catch Gretchen. Susan wants to get a good story. They both are in danger. I listened to the audiobook “Sweetheart” and couldn't put it down. It’s certainly a page-turner. I still have visions of the characters and felt the audiobook made the book come to life. It was so fantastic! I hope Cain continues to write about Gretchen, who has been compared to Hannibal Lecter. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you love an awesome thriller this book is for you. I highly recommend it.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-02 02:46

    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 quick end note BLOODY BRILLIANT

  • Michael
    2019-02-19 01:42

    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 who had an affair with the-then fourteen year old family babysitter. Just as her story is about to hit print, the Senator is killed along with a fellow journalist and her source has disappeared. Freed of the need to introduce us to the world and characters of Archie and Susan, "Sweetheart" is able to dive into the story and never let up. The twists and turns come at a fast pace, keeping the pages turning. Eventually, all roads lead back to Gretchen Lowell and Archie's strange obsession with her. Cain provides a few more clues about the nature of their relationship and delves into what makes Archie tick.The interesting thing about "Sweetheart" is that it's a story full of anti-heroes. Lowell is a killer, but she's a compelling and fascinating one. Archie is driven to self-destruction and is so absorbed in his own issues he can't or won't change to save himself or his family. And then there's Susan, who is secretly in love with Archie and trying to pursue the big story, despite who it may hurt or the consequences. These are real people, drawn well and while we shouldn't like any of them, we still find ourselves intrigued by them. Cain does a great job of allowing their motivations to be understood and while we may not always agree, their actions make sense based on clues provided early in the story.And Cain does know how to tell a great story. I'll admit I wasn't as thrilled with "Sweetheart" as many others were, but this one had me hooked from the first page. A sequence in the middle of the book when Gretchen escapes and is potentially holding Archie's children at school had me breathlessly turning pages, wondering what twist would happen next. Like I said, the story does require some huge leaps from the reader, especially as things progress toward the novel's conclusion. But if you're willing to suspend your disbelief at the door, you'll find a suspenseful ride.

  • ✨Susan✨
    2019-01-27 04:41

    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 next books and some answers.

  • Monica
    2019-01-22 02:44

    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!

  • Angela DeSilva
    2019-02-10 06:08

    Love her books, on to the next Evil at Heart.

  • Brooke
    2019-01-25 06:01

    In reality, this is probably worth 2.5 stars. On the upside, we get far more Gretchen-based plot in this book than we did in Heartsick. The other mystery is one that ties directly into the Molly Palmer/Senator Castle story that reporter Susan had been working on in Heartsick, so this time the side-plot made sense and had a purpose.On the downside, Chelsea Cain nearly destroyed everything interesting about Archie Sheridan's attraction to Gretchen by revealing that they'd had an affair before she kidnapped and tortured him. Nevermind that it doesn't make sense within the plot of the first book, but it ruins what had been an fascinating Stockholm Syndrome case. And, of course, Gretchen is STILL free at the end of the book, leaving the door open for yet another sequel, but I can't say I'll be interested in reading it.

  • Tim The Enchanter
    2019-01-25 03:58

    Posted toThe Literary Lawyer.caAnother 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.Sweetheartis 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 or speaks with Gretchen and he is weaning himself off the prescription medications. Due to his trauma, the standoff with breakdown is tenuous at best. As some strings of his sanity begin to fray, he is set into an emotional whirlwind as he learns that Gretchen has escaped from custody and she may seek to finish the job she has yet to complete.Amidst the escape of Gretchen, Archie, with the input of his reporter friend, Susan Ward, must solve the mystery of some mysterious deaths and as well as the deaths of a beloved politician and reporter. As the storylines converge, the plot builds to an epic confrontation between the parties and secrets are revealed. The GoodIT IS A RIDE! The plot grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. The relationship between the cop, Archie and the killer, Gretchen continues to be compelling and riveting. The plot is filled with cat and mouse games, shadow games and mental games and ends with an exciting and unexpected conclusion. As in the first novel, the interesting relationship between Gretchen and Archie is a story unto itself. I found the multilayered plot to be interesting and exciting.The author increases the action in this novel. WhileHeartsickmoved at a brisk pace, this installment shifts into a higher gear. You Want to Care The characters are the true strength of this novel. The three major characters, Archie, Gretchen and Susan are well developed and interesting. I found myself taking an interest in each of the wellbeing. Beyond the big 3, the secondary characters are also well fleshed out. There in a tendency to avoid building characters in a face paced novels but Chelsea Cain has made sure to both build characters and keep the reader glued to the page. The BadJump the Gap As the action picks up and the pace begins to quicken, there are some logical leaps and some unbelievable content. There are one or two dire situations that characters escape but are not clearly explained. That said, it is very minor complaint. The action and superb writing of Chelsea Cain win the day and make for an exciting and utterly readable novel. Final Thoughts Gretchen Lowell has become one of my favorite psychopaths. She is a memorable antagonist. I especially enjoy the two layered stories. The ongoing exploration and revelations of the experience between Gretchen and Arhice is captivating. I haven't read anything else that has this kind of messed up relationship and I am finding it to be very interesting. I highly recommend this series. Fans of strong character driven novels and psychological thrillers will find this series to be a winner.Scale 1 - Lowest 5 - Highest Sex-3.5 There is more sexual content in this novel than the previous. There are at least two moderately graphic sex scenes. While both were consensual, one involved elements that were unintentionally abusive. There were several occasions where persons were described in a nude state. These incidents were not sexual situations. Language-3 There is moderate use of mild obscenities and mild to moderate use of the f-word. I will admit that I was caught up in the thrill of the book and may have glazed over the adult language. Violence-3 Once again, violence is a central theme to the story but it is less graphic than the first novel. There is greater use of psychological abuse and power in this novel. There are multiple murder but they are only mildly graphic. One character does discuss elements of torture.

  • Debra
    2019-02-09 03:54

    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.

  • ☮Karen
    2019-01-23 03:57

    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, so maybe in another 5 years. Maybe.

  • Lena
    2019-02-10 01:48

    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 a main character from now on which leaves Archie, Henry, and Susan. I’m not sure that’s enough for me so Book 3 is on the way back burner.

  • Emily
    2019-01-22 05:09

    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 across the room. Or the car. Whatever. It's massively annoying to watch someone self destruct in such an awful, blinding way that after about 200 pages you just want to give up, call it a day and let the guy spiral into a sucking black hole of bad decisions and disgusting consequences. It works out in the end, but barely. This one was rough to get through. Mostly because, while I understand Stockholm Syndrome and all the weird psychological messed up-ness that must come with being abducted, tortured, and sexually involved with someone who abducted and tortured you, I'll never be able to fully understand how you could willingly involve with yourself with someone who admittedly tortured and murdered over 200 people, including children. I just couldn't move past it. I don't care how long her damn legs are. You really have to just grit your teeth and bear it through this one. It's worth it for the third and the fourth, trust me, so just slough through it and know that you get rewarded in the next installment, Evil at Heart. Also known as When Archie Gets His Big Boy Pants Back.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-01-26 22:59

    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 with her development. I look forward to her in the rest of the series.Archie, well he is just Archie. He wants his cake and eat it too. I thought his decent into madness and obsession was very sad. And although he did not reach his ultimate goals, I thought that is was well written. I caught myself wondering what Cain would do if she were to write Archie out. Where would she go with the story. Giving this one a solid 4 stars.

  • Maya
    2019-01-28 06:41

    Okay, I wrote a whole review for this, but it disappeared as I was trying to save it. I think that's ironic, given that it's probably the first time I've written such a negative review. Still, I will try to re-create it, though I've lost some of my original vehemence.I'm going to be honest. I didn't actually finish this book. But unlike Archie Sheridan, I know when to stop doing something when it's making me feel bad. I started this book because I enjoyed the first one -- I liked the cast of characters, the setting, and, of course, the gruesome crimes. But most of all, I started this book because I wanted to see Archie overcome Gretchen and try to gain back his beautiful family, and at the end of Heartsick, it seemed like he was at least going to try. The sexual aspects of his relationship with Gretchen, only hinted at in the first book, were always the hardest parts for me to read. The extent to which Cain went in this book, as well as the revelation that they had an affair before he was kidnapped, actually made me furious. There is nothing compelling for me about these characters anymore -- not just Gretchen and Archie, but I only liked their relationship when it was subtle and nuanced. Archie, only half human to begin with, utterly lost my sympathy. I can't deny that there is something interesting about the aspects of human psychology that still drive him towards Gretchen, but I just stopped wanting to read about it. The motivations of so many of the characters never seemed more than two-dimensional, not least because Cain gives us so little background about them. But I could be wrong on that point since, again, I did not read the whole book. I just know that, for whatever reason, I identified most with Debbie right from the very start. And like her, I am so very done. But it's precisely because she's done that I have to be -- there's nothing fun about rooting for characters who have stopped giving you reason to root for them, or worse, who have stopped even rooting for themselves.

  • Shaun
    2019-02-01 01:00

    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 choke-full of coincidence (similar to the first in that respect), but I was so invested in the characters and their story that the background story's flaws seemed less important.I could see this being adapted by HBO. The chemistry between the characters is absolutely phenomenal and something that I value in a book.I haven't been this excited about a series in a long time, and I can't wait to read the third book in the series.

  • Sara Kate
    2019-01-31 06:01

    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.

  • Katie(babs)
    2019-02-03 01:59

    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 who cut themselves and get off watching them bleed? That is the closest comparison I can say about what Gretchen is to Archie. She is his knife that delivers both immense pain along with such incredible pleasure. Sick right? And even though this is not a romance in any sense of the word, both Archie and Gretchen’s relationship is one of the most captivating ones I have read in recent memory, even bypassing Lecter and Starling’s.In Sweetheart, Archie is trying to recover from his wounds, but he can't stop the medication, drinking and his obsessive thinking about Gretchen, who is safely locked away in prison for the rest of her life. Archie is trying very hard to regain his life by moving back home with his ex-wife and children, along with going to therapy to get the help he deserves. But Archie has a dirty little secret- Gretchen is always on his mind. There is another case that Archie is called upon to investigate. A dead body of a woman is found, mangled beyond belief. As Archie works to find the killer, there is more to this case that meets the eye, and again, it may have to do with Gretchen. Archie can’t help it, but he needs to see Gretchen. He can hardly survive the constant pain he is in and his friends and family no longer know who he is. His wife is at her wits end and Archie’s partner and co-workers think he is going off the deep end. And then the unthinkable happens; Gretchen escapes from prison. You would think Archie would high tail it out of Dodge with his family, but no. Archie now feels more alive than he has in a very long time because he knows Gretchen is out there, waiting for him. He prays that Gretchen will find him so he will be given a chance to try and break free from this madness he feels for her.Can I say how much I hated Gretchen? She is lethal and beautiful and is so manipulative. And because of this, Cain must have had a ball writing a character such as her. She is so deranged, and we have no clue why, because we don’t know what made her into this type of killer. And that makes her even more baffling. Does she really care for Archie or is she acting, waiting for the right moment to finish Archie off, because he is the only person to ever get away from her? Gretchen still has a hold over Archie and because of that, she has actually has won. She owns Archie in every sense. There is also a major, “OMG, how could Cain write that?” event that takes place between the two. Cain takes things between these two one step further, and you will not believe the other major revelation that comes out of left field. You get two for the price of one here! I did feel it was a bit of a slap in the face to the readers because it changes the dynamics of what Gretchen and Archie have together. I also think it is a set up of things to come in the third novel, which is slated to be released late next year. This twist may change your sympathetic feelings for Archie and make you want to take out Gretchen yourself. But, this showdown between Archie and Gretchen is eminent and one that you will not one to miss.Sweetheart gave me some shocks, along with being appalled as well as being thrown for a few loops. Keep in mind that Sweetheart is not the type of book for everyone because it is very, very disturbing especially what goes on between Gretchen and Archie. If Sweetheart was a horror movie, I would be covering my eyes, peeking in between my fingers afraid to see what happens next. But, I would sit there hungry for more trying not to cover my eyes and scream.

  • ➸ Gwen de Sade
    2019-01-21 00:11

    *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 in my head?(Do I have to say more?)I can't wait to start the third book in the series.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-01-30 04:44

    I'm so addicted to this series. As of right now it's one of my favorites. On to the next one....

  • Janet
    2019-01-22 04:05

    Better than book one. Review to follow.

  • Siobhan
    2019-02-18 05:11

    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 with me in mind. I love a good crime thriller; I love stories that follow the same serial killer; I love a police officer that has been damaged in many ways. The Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series offers me all of those things. It’s not the perfect story, but it is certainly a series that has well and truly pulled me in.I’ll admit that the writing always takes me a little while to get into. Whilst Chelsea Cain writes a wonderful story, I cannot say her writing style is one of my favourites. It isn’t that her writing style is bad – I doubt I would enjoy her stories as much as I do if such was the case – but it isn’t quite the lyrical, almost flowery, writing I favour. It always takes me some time to get into her work, it takes me a while to be lured into the stories she writes. As with the first book, though, despite the writing style taking a while to pull me back into the story, things did get going very quickly. This one wasn’t as fast paced as the first story, but there was a lot going on. When things did start to come together the action really picked up, and we were pulled along for the ride. It became impossible to put the book down, the pages turning themselves as I hurried my way to the conclusion. As with the first book, however, my favourite aspect was Archie. The crime storyline was fun, but it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first book. It was the Archie and Gretchen storyline that really made this wonderful. Archie is so damaged, and as twisted as it makes me, I love this about him. He’s not the most interesting of characters – but there’s something about how broken he is that makes me curious about what will happen next. I adore his character, waiting to see what new development will occur. Whilst I wasn’t overjoyed about some of the flashes to the past regarding Archie as a character, what happened to him in the present time of this book was a lot of fun.Overall, I had a lot of fun with this one. I adore the way that the Archie and Gretchen storyline is intertwined into the mystery aspect of the story, and whilst one aspect may shine brighter than the other, it works to guarantee I will be reading the next book.As I said in my review of book one, it’s not a perfect read but I am certainly part of the fandom and need to see where things go from here.

  • Nick Davies
    2019-02-20 06:43

    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 (grizzled male detective with family and drink/drug problems, spunky young 'alternative' female journalist who is on the periphery of being a love interest, calculating and super intelligent manipulative psychopath killer who delights in teasing the police trying to catch them) and a plot which features ridiculous co-incidence after ridiculous co-incidence introduced in the perfect order to drive the story on. There was a lot of focus on lust and romance causing bad choice after bad choice (but not a lot on the emotions like love for one's family which would prevent stupid risk-taking) and too much description of everyone's appearances for my liking.This read like Chelsea Cain was trying to combine a Hannibal Lecktor 'lite' with an erotic thriller, and in the end it just didn't work for me. Plus the ending was unbelievable and stunk of the book being #2 of a three book deal.

  • Beth (Ducky)
    2019-02-05 03:57

    A couple weeks ago I was looking through the used book section at work and I came across The Night Season and it sounded SO GOOD. But then I found out it was the fourth book in a series that I hadn't heard of before let alone read or owned any of the books. So, I did what any sane person would do. I bought the whole series (minus book 2 because our store didn't have it) and started the first one right away with high hopes that it didn't suck.And it didn't! So I finished the first book and I just NEEDED the second book. I didn't want to take a couple days to order the book so I, again, did what any sane person would do- I rode my bike 8 miles to the library to get the second book.This was not a second book slump. I will tell you that right now. I was obsessed with this one. I'm not going to go into the plot because it is very spoilery of the first book, Heartsick. So I will just tell you this, just go buy the whole series. Binge read it. Fall in love with this weird Stockholm Syndrome relationship between a detective and a serial killer. It's amazing. It's creepy. It's overall weird. But I love it so much. Off to read the third book!

  • Robin
    2019-02-06 23:50

    Wow. Cain's second book in the Sheridan/Lowell series is just as compelling as the first book, HEARTSICK. For those of you not in the know, HEARTSICK started the series with the story of Archie Sheridan, a Portland homicide detective, and Gretchen Lowell, the gorgeous serial killer that tortured and almost killed Archie, but for some reason left him alive. Unfortunatley, he is connected to Gretchen in a strange and horrible way and even though she is housed in the Oregon State Prison, their connection remains tight. In this sequel, Archie is battling his addiction to Vicodin and trying to solve the murders of two bodies found in Forest Park. Susan, a turquoise haired reporter, is trying to solve the death of a fellow friend and reporter and also battling the newspaper about a suppressed story. All hell breaks loose when Gretchen escapes from prison, and even though one must completely suspend all belief, the pages kept flipping forward--or I should say the CDs kept themselves popping in and out of the player and I was on the edge of my car seat.I recommend only if you have read the first book and now I can't wait for the final book in the series, EVIL AT HEART, due in September.

  • Lee
    2019-01-29 02:09

    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.

  • Christy
    2019-02-04 05:05

    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.

  • Darcy
    2019-02-21 03:06

    I consider this series a guilty pleasure, why you ask??? Well it is because the relationship between Archie and Gretchen. It is so bad in so many ways and in this book we find out they why behind it. Gretchen is soooo good at being the bad guy and it is a little disconcerting to have the bad guy a woman and such an evil one at that. I also find Susan and Archie's relationship to be interesting too, Susan with her daddy issue's and Archie with eyes only for Gretchen, it is an odd sort of love triangle. The one person I do feel sorry for is Debbie, Archie's ex-wife, no matter what she does she will never be able to get back the Archie she knew and loved back no matter what. I also loved Henry and Archie's relationship, they both work each other to get what they need and each one knows the other is doing it, but they don't acknowledge it. At the heart of these books is Archie, he is the one with connections to everyone. He leads everyone where they need to go within the crime they are searching for and is right each time. It makes you wonder just how good he could have been if Gretchen hadn't gotten her claws into him!

  • Terri Lynn
    2019-02-02 04:56

    Gretchen Lowell is the most evil serial killer. She has spent over a decade torturing and murdering men, women and children and even captured and tortured Portland, Oregon police detective Archie Sheridan. She had pretended to be a psychiatrist, tricked him, drugged him and spent 6 days making him drink drain cleaner and removing his spleen by hand and with no anesthetic.Even so, Archie had asked for her to get life and not death and went weekly to visit her, trying to pry names and locations of people she had killed for closure for their families In this book, Archie has moved back in with his sweet ex- wife Debbie and their 6 year old daughter Sara and 8 year old son Ben. His obsession with Gretchen consumes him though he is no longer visiting her and his overuse of pain meds is destroying his liver. It all flares up when Gretchen escapes from prison, killing people as she does, and goes to Archie's kids'school. Now the whole family as well as journalist Susan and her wacky mom Bliss after an attack on Susan's life. They all find out that the people they trusted are not trust-worthy and killers can wear a uniform and badge or a suit and tie.

  • Kenya Wright
    2019-02-05 05:10

    Okay. FIRST--- I DNF'd this book!Why did I still give it four stars?Because its good. It just scares the shit out of me.I stopped at 75% and put the storm shutters on the outside of my kid's windows, tested out my house alarm, and put a bad next to my bed....ummmmmm...the love affair is morbid and disturbing which is also scares the crap out of me too. WOW! I can't finish the series because I'm a big wuss!