Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
(Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell)

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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind---addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie's a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she's right. 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 truth---he can't stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.


About Chelsea Cain

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CHELSEA CAIN'S first four novels featuring Archie Sheridan have all been New York Times bestsellers. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, and several nonfiction titles, she was born in Iowa, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Published September 4, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Romance. Fiction

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Susan finds easy access to interviews with Archie’s ex-wife Debbie, who turns out to be a sophisticated artist, his doctor, who describes Archie’s torture as unimaginably cruel, and even Gretchen, who is frighteningly on target about Susan’s own ghosts.

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“She was one of our great psychopaths,” an awestruck young reporter says half-appreciatively about Gretchen Lowell in Chelsea Cain’s “Heartsick.” Gretchen is the foxy killer who Hannibal Lecterizes her way through a derivative, sadistic book that somehow aspires to the debonair.

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The New York Times

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In Chelsea Cain’s novel, a detective is obsessed by the woman who nearly killed him.

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Book Reporter

As Sheridan slowly but inexorably closes in on the after school killer, the narrative shifts back and forth in time until it merges --- with unexpected results.

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Entertainment Weekly

''Whatever you think this is going to be like,'' Gretchen tells Archie as she begins a torture session, ''it's going to be worse.'' Bad news for Archie, but good news for readers who relish a profoundly creepy thriller.

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Two years ago, female serial killer Gretchen Lowell kidnapped Archie, tortured him, removed his spleen, and them turned herself in.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Beautiful and twisted, psychiatrist Gretchen Lowell tortured and killed 200 people before turning herself in just as detective Archie Sheridan, her last victim, clung to life.

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