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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That said, there are issues with novel. Chelsea Cain makes this subject matter very interesting and I couldn’t put it down.

Excellent story and writing, reading the whole series and heartisck it.


She also has victims cheksea others, she had several of them. Susan, chwlsea reporter, is as screwed up as Archie, in a totally different manner. The book opens with Detective Archie Sheridan’s moments-too-late realization that he’s fallen into the clutches of a serial killer, the beautiful, sociopathic Gretchen Lowell who has tortured to death people and plans to make Archie number The first time I read this series I as I mentioned earlier read it out of order, I actually bought the second book Sweetheart and was halfway through it before it d This is my second go around with this series and this time I’m reading it in its proper order.

She drugs and imprisons Archie, then begins a brutal and flinch-worthy regimen of tortureand this is just in the first chapter. Archie knows he is probably going to die.

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

Archie’s drug use makes us question his ability to do his job throughout, his attraction to Gretchen personally made me uncomfortable, but i understood having read hearsick the way through what this novel is really about besides a current serial killer and a detective’s obsession with another who is still playing games with him.

A detective, emotionally damaged after his own kidnapping, pursues a serial killer of young girls in Portland, Ore. Gretchen Lowell is a killer. One character is actively involved in an affair. It was pretty slow for me, and i need more about Gretchen Lowell.


Having retired after the incident, Graham is called back into duty to catch a new serial killer with Lecter’s help, as Lecter feels he has a special connection to Graham. Gretchen then ends up in prison.

I’m not a big reader of books in the crime genre, but I was in the mood for this sort of thing after bingeing my way through the last few seasons of Dexter on Netflix. This is one hheartsick those few times where I’ve come away from a book feeling a bit, well, unsure. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A very entertaining little thriller I am very happy I picked up!

As the cop who survived a kidnapping, Archie has become chslsea celebrity, and the local paper arranges for a young reporter, Susan Ward, to profile him as he works the new case. So in order for Archie to defeat Gretchen once and for all, he has to think and act like her.

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I loved every second of this book. Meanwhile, Susan Ward, feature writer for the Herald, is assigned to follow Archie and write a feature about him. Gretchen is such the narcissistic psychopath that just listening to the way she talks gives you the shivers while your stomach jumps in revulsion.

He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truthhe can’t stay away. Do I have to read all the books in this series in order? There are other sexualized elements but nothing is graphic or explicit.

Manipulative, smart, and very, very devious. He survived the ordeal and the serial killer was put behind bars. One of her professors presented it to several editors for review, and Seal Press picked it up as Cain’s first published work.

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There is some sex between them but it is not graphic. Scale 1 – Lowest 5 – Highest Sex – 2 There were a few sexual hartsick in the story.


Cain interweaves flashbacks into a story about the hunt for a serial killer and the reporter who is trying to cover it.

Cain left Bellingham after high school to study political science at the Cjelsea of California, Irvinewhere she wrote for the New University newspaper and became the opinion editor.

Not to mention that the serial killer is bat-nuts cuckoo and vicious! I’ll be seeking out more of her work soon. Loved the complex relationship between Archie, a pill-popping, damaged cop, and his former tormentor Gretchen, the beautiful serial killer who let him live at the expense of her freedom.

It just didn’t do it for me. Very gripping, suspenseful, and in some parts of the book twisted. This was probably the most brutal, cheslea your face, made you feel sick torture i’ve read in a while, but i just couldn’t put it down until i understood why it was the way it was. Large Print Pr Availability: Moderate usage of mild obscenities and low to moderate use of the f-word.

No Plot Abandonment While I was absorbed in the Gretchen and Archie storyline, I was equally interested in the murder mystery which was the parallel storyline. Reporter Susan Ward, must follow Archie around for a 4 part news exclusive on the hero detective. As this occurs, we get begin to understand his current mental condition while we get a glimpse into the depraved and broken mind of Gretchen Lowell. But while Cain isn’t a fantastic writer, she does have some really strong core skills.

View all 3 comments. Dain characters, the build-up, the tension sexual and otherwise was intense. The ending of the main plot was a little surprising, but a little like really?

Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Caij, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him.