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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Chelsea Cain

The other characters that heartsixk this story along were interesting and well drawn. Violence – 4 Violence is a pervasive theme and some elements are graphic.

I want them to know that and not be able to find you. Gretchen kidnapped and tortured Archie when he was investigating the trail of bodies she was leaving. This is a very unique book, very different characters than you’ve seen before, an unusual story, plenty of emotion fain drama and police work.

The back story is so strong that I often wondered while reading this book if it shouldn’t have been the main story. Refresh and try again. I’m dumber for having read this. This overused device actually works here and the stronger story, told in flashback, really does help to bolster the weaker main story.

I’m not kidding, it’s that blatant. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory. Archie has previously lead this same task force for 10 years as he sought chrlsea catch another notorious serial killer.

HEARTSICK by Chelsea Cain | Kirkus Reviews

I find it difficult to rate this one. When you’re all alone in the dark. Do not drag someone else down with you. I found it to be engaging, entertaining and chilling. That case took a lot out of him as he spent a few years on it trying to catch Gretchen and he also had Wow!!! There was many twists and turns along the way throughout chelwea whole book.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. A very entertaining little thriller I am very happy I picked up! The man who walked into her trap will never be the same man ever again. The violence in this novel is pretty full on and down right torture to an extreme, i couldn’t help but cringe, especially when it came to the drain cleaner scenes.

I can’t say I really loved the book but equally I can’t say I hated it too. Jun 27, Gavin rated it liked it Shelves: Despite surving, the reader knows that the Killer, Gretchen Lowell, is still exerting some control over Archie. There were lots of twists, which made it a turn pager. Cain intersperses scenes from the first story into the second main story throughout the novel, and she switches back and forth whenever Sheridan experiences a heightened level of stress or turmoil during his search for the current serial killer.

Oct 07, Shea Ivy rated it liked heartskck. Even the initial set up a reporter following around the lead investigator while he was searching for a serial killer was contrived and hard to believe. I love the characters, i love how twisted the stories on it. Whatever, Gretchen is the Bombloondizzle.

I found myself more interested in what would happen between the cop cheosea the serial killer than who was the actual killer in the main story. I am looking forward to reading the next book which is Sweetheart. That case took a lot out of him as he spent a few years on it trying to catch Gretchen and he also had to endure some torture, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally along the way.


One thing is clear Archie does not believe he was ever truly freed. She tortures him for t I have to say I found a new author, Chelsea Cain.

What they both experience as they try to work their way closer to the killer is something that will tests their inner resolves to see the job done. Jun 06, Maria rated it it was amazing Recommended to Maria by: A Good Reads friend recommended me this series. This was a long-time-later reread for me and since i’d forgotten most of the pertinent points, still managed to surprise. Not only is this novel a real page turner, but it’s cheldea very well-written with characters you believe in and sympathize with, even when they’re doing things you suspect are definitely not in their best interests.

Heartsick (Archie and Gretchen, book 1) by Chelsea Cain

It did take time to get into the book Gretchen Lowell chelsez a killer. The characters, the build-up, the tension sexual and otherwise was intense.

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She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest. Did they know somehow the killer was a beautiful woman for the ten years they were looking for her??