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Heartsick (2007)

by Chelsea Cain

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Series: Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell (1)

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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
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I loved this book, it is defiantly an up all nighter and a female serial killer that is more compelling than Hannibal Lecter.
Some ingenious torture methods and this book will have you wanting to read the second book in the Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell series.

Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell are by far my most favourite serial killer, Detective duo and since reading all of the books in this series I have never found any that shine so bright. I was so excited when a book flashed up from Chelsea Cain for pre-order that I felt like a kid at Christmas but I so was disappointed it wasn’t the continuation of their story but a whole other series.

I am pleading with Chelsea Cain to bring Archie and Gretchen back into our lives and hearts asap! Please 🙂

As serial killers go, Gretchen is just brilliant and I cant help but admire some of her torture methods and even though I raced through all these books a few years ago now I still can see in my mind’s eye the trials and tribulations these two pull as through and they are just as sharp now as they were when I first read them. I own them on in book form as well as kindle versions and they will never be deleted from the kindle as they are books I can read and re read without every losing the magic.

So Please Please Please Chelsea Cain – Bring back Archie and Gretchen.

It’s not all torture and murders but has the strange relationship between cop and killer.

What more can i say, if you loved Hannibal then you will be blown away by Gretchen.

My advice, have the next book Sweetheart close to hand as you will have to read it as soon as you have finished this book.

Read the whole Gretchen Lowell series and you won’t be disappointed, only until you reach the end of the series and the long wait for the next instalment of the chapter.

Very addictive reading. Fantastic plots. Go get reading

The new Chelsea Cain book “One Kick” A Kick Lannigan Novel was good but not a patch on your previous books. I have had long and in-depth discussions with my friends regarding this and our local Book Club so I’m by far not alone in this wish!
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  DebTat2 | Oct 13, 2023 |
Re-read this, so I can start with the entire series. I never got to the second book when it came out, but I will now! ( )
  kwskultety | Jul 4, 2023 |
Sick. More of a police liaison with a violent killer with much gratuitous violence as a major component of the story. She's more like a horror story than a thriller ( )
  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
Sick. More of a police liaison with a violent killer with much gratuitous violence as a major component of the story. She's more like a horror story than a thriller ( )
  drmom62 | Apr 21, 2023 |
This is the first in the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series. I found this book shocking, thrilling, very compelling and definitely seat of your pants reading. ( )
  mazda502001 | Apr 3, 2023 |
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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:

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

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Portland detective Archie Sheridan, kidnapped and tortured for ten days by Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer he had hunted for ten years, is having trouble coming to grips with his life since Lowell released him and turned herself in, but he knows he must pull himself together when another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the street.
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