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by Chelsea Cain

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Title:Evil at Heart
Authors:Chelsea Cain
Info:Minotaur Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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This is the third in the series of books focused on an unbelievably (literally) beautiful and smart serial killer, and the police detective who has devoted his life (also, almost, in the literal sense) to catching her. Yet again, the killer taunts the cop, he is lured back in, and catches her.

While the story moves along, drawing the reader to find out what happens to this strange relationship, the concept--which was quite a stretch to begin with--is getting old. Serial killers are not that much smarter and certainly not that much more beautiful than anyone else. Just twisted. To make the story work, Cain has to keep upping the smarts of her killer, while increasing the willingness of the cop to be taken in yet again. I can't understand what is the matter with this man's head.

The only thing more disturbing than Gretchen herself is the legion of fans she seems to have inspired. There was much more gore than really needed to be to make for an interesting story. Cain has left it open for another in this disturbing series. let's hope she write Archie i some common sense.
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  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Evil at Heart is the third novel by Chelsea Cain about Gretchen Lowell, a female serialkiller. I've read the first two books as well, and just like the others, this one was nice to read. The writing style ant the story are very fast and there is a lot of suspense in the story. For me, these are books I read between bigger/better books, but it is still nice to read. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Another great story in this series! This one takes place about 2 months after the last. Serial killer Gretchen is still on the loose, Archie is in detox, and a Beauty Killer fan club is causing a whole lotta trouble! Lots of eyeballs in this one - not for the squeamish! I can't wait for book #4! I only have one question... what color will Susan's hair be in the next one? :-) ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 22, 2016 |
Not nearly as good as the first book in the series, but an interesting take on the dynamic between two of the main characters. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
This is the 3rd instalment in the (female serial killer) Gretchen and (investigator) Archie Sheridan series and Chelsea Cain did it again, what a thrill. When body parts start showing up around Portland along with Gretchen's trademark, many many little hearts drawn at the crime scenes, Archie checks himself out of the hospital and goes after Gretchen with Henry and reporter Susan by his side. Archie and Henry believe it's Gretchen sending them a message. But Susan has made contact with someone from a Gretchen Lowell fan group (yes fan group). Apparently Gretchen is some kind of a celebrity by now, there are bus tours and there is even a Beauty Killer manicure. It seems sick and in the meantime something that could really happen. Now is it really Gretchen slicing and dicing up victims or is there a fan acting as a copycat serial killer? Cain keeps us guessing what is going on. She really surprises the reader and keeps us guessing even some more in the end about what is true or not.. I love Cain’s sick and twisted mind, not for the faint at heart though because again some very graphic scenes but I’m already wondering what n° 4 Night Season will bring us. ( )
  Ingstje | Jan 18, 2016 |
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Oregon, vlak langs de I 84. In een smerig toiletgebouw vindt een nietsvermoedende tiener met hoge nood de bloederige overblijfselen van iets wat ooit leven bezat. De wand van het toilet is volgekalkt met hartjes. Het is haar handtekening, de handtekening van Gretchen Lowell. 
Sinds Gretchen erin slaagde te ontsnappen, duiken er overal lichamen op die aan haar te linken zijn. De enige die tot Gretchen door kan dringen is Archie Sheridan.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312368488, Hardcover)

Chelsea Cain’s novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart, both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly.

Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she’s more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers weekly and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre kind of fan club, which celebrates the number of days she’s been free.

Archie Sheridan hunted her for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a détente of sorts---Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen’s trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?

Chelsea Cain continues to deliver heart-stopping thrills and chills in the latest entry in this dynamic bestselling series.

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Portland detective Archie Sheridan hunted Gretchen Lowell for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a detente of sorts---Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen's trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?… (more)

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