Evil at Heart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #3)

Evil at Heart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #3)

by Chelsea Cain
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Evil at Heart (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #3) by Chelsea Cain

“Cain [has] made the serial-killer genre a thoroughly female-friendly experience… [She] churns stomachs with a delicate touch.”—The New York Times Book Review

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 and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre fan club which celebrates the number of days she’s been free…

“Cut[s] all the way to the bone.”—Oregonian

Archie Sheridan hunted Gretchen for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, he 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. Is the Beauty Killer back—or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?

“With EVIL AT HEART, Cain keep[s] readers fortified with psychological drama.” —Chicago Sun Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250004123
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Series: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.78(w) x 4.16(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Season, Sweetheart and Heartsick. Both Heartsick and Sweetheart were listed in Stephen King's Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly. Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was "the boogieman" of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer's capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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Evil at Heart (Gretchen Lowell Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
M-Ekim-K More than 1 year ago
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I picked up the book the day it came out and finished before I went to bed, and all I can say is wow. It was that good. You'd think the characters would get boring or the plot would be repetitive. However, Chelsea Cain continues to impress and the only down side of this book is having to wait for the next one. I cant wait to see what she still has in store for these characters.
Tomes-Devotee More than 1 year ago
As always Ms. Cain does not dissapoint! Gretchen Lowell is so twisted and an insane genious, it's amazing. She knows just how to manipulate, and she can read people so well it is shocking. Archie is so on the edge. If it would have been available to him he would have slipped right back into his drugged haze. I fully enjoyed this book, I was proud that Archie fought his demons, as hard as it was for him. I'm sad about he and his wife. We'll have to see, since there is most certainly an opportunity for #4. The only thing that bothered me was all the crap that keeps happening to him and reporter, uh I mean journalist, since she prefers that title, Susan Ward. It's like, oh my gosh, what else is gonna happen. Kind of reminded me of Andy Sipowitz from NYPD Blue, everything under the sun that could go wrong did! It starts to get a little old. That and the fact that Archie lied to his partner Henry. Cop partners have a very special relationship, and Hank loves Arhie and has had Archie's back, has saved him and pulled him back from the depths so often, I was shocked that the author allowed that to be. All in all, an awesome read. Gretchen Lowell is without a doubt a fantasic psycho, Ms Cain has outdone herself with this series and hope she gives us more!
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
Previous book in this series, "Sweetheart" was scorching hot but this was more of a drawn out tepid bath, it wasn't bad but it certainly lacked the spice. I recommend reading these in order, and for those who haven't read "Heart Sick "and "Sweetheart" this shouldn't be the starting place, that said I'm happy I got to read it but a bit disappointed to how it turned out. The sheer lunacy of Gretchen being a superstar in the media world was hard to believe, people are obsessed more than ever with the Beauty Killer, her images are selling newspapers, there are clubs and secret societies obsessed with her, tee shirts and mugs with her name on them, all a game with a sick undertone, that was something I had a really hard time believing as I don't fall easily for charms and gimmicks of any sort, and I certainly don't believe in glorifying any sort of man killing scum, not even one as pretty as Gretchen. The woman who can manipulate men to do her bidding as she uses her body and seduction to keep them glued to her, is on the run and no one seems to know how to track her except for Archie, trouble is that he has voluntarily checked into a psych-ward and is considered a citizen until proven non threatening to himself. The game is back on but this time it circles around a story that I frankly wasn't interested in, the possibility of copy-cat killings was just too much as it took the bulk of this novel into directions that didn't seem interesting. I wanted some sort of a conclusion and battle between Gretchen and Archie ad this sadly wasn't it. The writing was silky and smooth as ever but the topic was less satisfactory, something was gone from the novel, perhaps it all lays in Gretchen and without her the storyline loses it's bulk and that pleasurable buzz. If something else comes out in this series I will read it but with caution and weariness, I felt like I jumped into it and came out a bit disappointed, although it's hard to say why without spoiling most of the time line and one major reason for being disappointed depends on lack of something very specific. It was a fast read, that I can say but I didn't think it would be less pungent than its predecessor, it wasn't as gory and shocking as it' believed, more like a filler between two other books. - Kasia S.
SoundCritique More than 1 year ago
Undoubtedly, the cover and title are a draw for this book, but I found the plot to be redundant and a near duplicate of so many others in the genre. In the real world, how many serial killers are there? Can't someone in the literary industry come up with a new concept or write about something equally thrilling as it is realistic?
Anonymous 11 months ago
Well written and well performed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only wish is that they would make a movie franchise out of this series. Margo Robbie would be PERFECT as Gretchen, a newly beefed up,bald Ben Affleck would be a nice Henry, and maybe....maybe Tom Cruise as Archie.....I know I would love it.
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Does this book have other books in its series? I mean in the first two books, because i think this is the 3rd book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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PainFrame More than 1 year ago
Let&rsquo;s get out of here.  I enjoy this series quite a bit, the murders are always creepy and I never get ahead of the characters in solving the mysteries, but the best thing has got to be the three excellent main characters. You&rsquo;ve got Archie, the increasingly battle-damaged detective; Susan, the reporter packed full of Tyler Durden caliber facts; and Gretchen, who is WAY more than just a gender-swapped Hannibal Lecter. This is a worthy sequel to the previous two novels and probably could have served as an exit point for the author to go do something else - but it didn&rsquo;t! The Night Season is next.
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acorley84 More than 1 year ago
As always, Chelsea Cain didn't disappoint with Evil at Heart. I don't know how she does it but she comes up with some of the most evil, twisted, sick, perverse things one could possibly ever imagine. Sometimes it makes you wonder how a person could come up with such things! Either way, I love it and can never wait to get my hands on the next one. You have such a diverse set of characters in this series and you can't help but want to read about them! Gretchen who is twisted as ever, Archie, the ever so faulted detective, Henry, the almighty prim and proper protective detective, and Susan, the flamboyant witty reporter! What a set of characters, but I love reading about them and continuing on their journeys with them. Just as with the previous two books, Cain leaves you wanting more. I listened to the audio version and have never been able to get so lost in a book as I do with Cain's novels. I find myself being able to complete her stories in very few sittings because I just get so lost in the reading. Overall, a 5 star read and I can't wait to start the next one!
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just-deb More than 1 year ago
Unimaginable.  This book went a little overboard at times and was overdone, but I still found it a sort of fun read.
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I REALLY enjoyed this book
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Not sure why some authors don't know when enough is enough....but kind of really feeling burned out by the main antagonist in this series. I have read series of 20+ books and 35+ books, but this character is getting tooooooo unbelievable, even for fiction. Hope the next one is not soooo wrapped around this extremely magical person....she sure makes everyone else look pretty lame and doesn't say much for law enforcement.