Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

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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 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.


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 2, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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But it is the marital drama entwined with the carnage — Archie’s conflict, his wife’s protective rage and the menace posed by the ultimate home ­wrecker — that keeps us turning the pages.

Sep 19 2008 | Read Full Review of Sweetheart

All About Romance

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When Susan starts to connect the dots of her senator scandal and the dead bodies Archie keeps finding, they get another shock: Gretchen has escaped.

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Book Reporter

The corners --- Portland, Oregon detective Archie Sheridan, his ex-wife, Debbie, reporter Susan Ward and serial killer Gretchen Lowell --- are so sharp that everyone will get cut before it’s all over.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Sweeheart, a sequel to last year's Heartsick, Chelsea Cain revives the affair between cop Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell, the serial killer who removed his spleen, carved a heart into his flesh, and still haunts his erotic fantasies.

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Archie did not really want this young whippersnapper working with him but when Susan showed some smarts he gave in and allowed her to work with him and the task force, sometimes sorry he made that decision.

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Archie immediately thinks of Gretchen even though this body is fresh and Gretchen is locked up so it cannot be one of hers.

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Monsters and Critics

Picking up the tale of obsession begun in her chilling debut Heartsick, Cain continues developing the relationship between serial killer Gretchen Lowell, aka the Beauty Killer and Portland Detective Archie Sheridan, the man who put her behind bars.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

As readers rejoin Portland detective Archie Sheridan, he has moved back in with his family, is still struggling with pills and is going through withdrawal from the sadistic Gretchen, who he quit visiting in prison.

Oct 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Sweetheart

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