Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #1)

Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #1)

by Chelsea Cain
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Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series #1) by Chelsea Cain

Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case…until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer—one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can't do, this time, is save Archie's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312947156
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Series: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 275,923
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.95(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Season, Evil at Heart, and Sweetheart. 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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Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 388 reviews.
EBarry More than 1 year ago
Unless you are ready to go on a wild ride, don't even read the first page, because once you do, you won't be able to stop! Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! GREAT BOOK!!
Laura95 More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read! You just get so caught up in it that it's unreal. The characters are very strong and it's as if they come to life and are real people. The way that the story unravels and comes together is great and the relationship between Gretchen and Archie is compelling. Susan is also a very strong character and the ending is great. Definately a must have book. Chelsea Cain is a magnificent writer.
mhnurse02 More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I can't wait to read the rest in the series. Gretchen Lowell is a sociopathic deviant of society that will give any reader goosebumps.
jkay More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this audio one round trip at a week. I was beginning to tire of my weekly trips to visit a friend but lately I look forward to them The characters are well developed and the suspense and action keep things moving. If I was reading the book version I probably couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a great book. i am looking forward to the sequal. i thought this was a very original take on a classic plot good guy vs bad guy. i thought for a minute i had it all figured out, then the ending took me by total surprise. a good read, but you better leave a light on.
SK-fan More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I'm a big fan of the thriller genre and this is tops with me. Cain is up there with Gardiner and surpasses Patterson by a long shot, in my opinion. Well worth the read! The idea of a female serial killer is brilliant. Women are tough, unpredictable, and smart...time to recognize! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful surprise! Kept me on the edge of my seat. Definately lost some sleep because I couldn't put it down! Would recommend in a Heartbeat!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Portland, Oregon, the serial killer soaks his victims in bleach before discarding the teenage girls. Police Detective Archie Sheridan is assigned to lead the task force investigating the case. He knows he must get his act together to prevent more victims, but also thinks back to when he went after serial killer psychiatrist Gretchen ¿The Beauty Queen¿ Lowell. She caught and tortured him for ten days including breaking his ribs so that she left behind a heart shaped scar. He lives because she called 911, but he uses painkillers at an alarming rate to ease the ache and continues to visit Gretchen weekly although he claims it is to get her to tell the authorities where the bodies are buried he knows deep inside she owns him even from behind bars. On the task force is energetic pink haired reporter Susan Ward. She rejects Archie¿s controlling orders instead she pushes him to do the right thing but she must compete with Gretchen who controls Archie so much so that he deserted his family for her. As the tug of war between the two females occurs, the bleach killer is interested in the reporter as a victim while Archie thinks this case might get him past his fascination that has made no woman compare to his Gretchen. --- In an obvious connection to Hannibal Lector, HEARTSICK is a fabulous psychological police procedural that grips the audience from the onset, but especially when readers meet Gretchen. The story line switches back and forth between the current case to when Gretchen captured Archie effortlessly so that both subplots are well written and gripping. Readers will appreciate this dark suspense thriller driven by the lead quartet whose tango means death. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With its descriptions into the mind of a serial killer, Heart Sick captures the dark side of human nature. This wild tale is heart pounding and worth the read. The torture is hard to take, especially when its a woman that tortures for her own pleasure. Heart Sick makes a reader very aware of what the victim is feeling. Horrible, but engrossing. *****I highly recommend this story. Tamera Lawrence, author of THE POND
deweybeachgirl9701 More than 1 year ago
I just happened to come across this book and decided to take a chance on it, so glad I am!
This is a great easy read! The storyline is different and I cannot wait to finish it, (about 100 pages left).

Would definitely recommend this book!
jameswv More than 1 year ago
This book was easy to put down and did not become harder to do so until about two-thirds of the way through. The female serial killer in the story does have a fresh angle and the overall plot was good too, but I wouldn't call it all that suspenseful. All in all this was a decent crime novel.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago

Seriously, if you love thrillers, and ESPECIALLY thrillers about serial killers, then you DON'T want to miss HEARTSICK.

I don't know how Ms. Cain came up with the character of Gretchen Lowell (actually, I probably don't WANT to know!), but she has to be the most twisted killer I've ever come across. You may have thought Hannibal Lecter was the king of serial killers -- but that crazy man doesn't hold a candle to the chilling Ms. Lowell.

Trust me. Get the book. It's that good. Just don't read it while you're home alone, or when there's a threat of a power outage, or when you're eating dinner.
treeh20 More than 1 year ago
At times the book made me cringe a little. It was very detailed and left me feeling uneasy. But I loved it. Had no idea it was a book that took place in my home town. Even more exciting!
cindyg More than 1 year ago
Loved the book will be reading number two pretty soon, I am trying to wait cause I know number three is not ready to be released. Very good writer, one of the best books i have read. Writing style was great as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now this is a real page turner, this book kept me up at night, cannot wait to get her second one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I mentally kicked myself over and over and over again for not buying this book sooner. I searched for months for the perfect book to grab me, use me up and throw me away like a dirty dishrag and it had been staring me in the face the entire time. Gretchen Lowell is the most original, articulate and sadistic serial killer I've ever read. She is a woman without conscience, without remorse, who will not stop until you acknowledge you are hers. There is no one like her and I am addicted. Yes, it's gory. Yes, it's messy. No, it's not for the faint of heart, but stick it out anyway, those scenes of torture made this book all the more real for me. There were moments I clasped my hand to my mouth at the very same time I gasped for air. And still I could not put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great first novel from Chelsea Cain. I finished it one day because I could not put it down! Cain wonderfully explores the relationship of a female serial killer and victim while also telling the story of a current serial killer. A must-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm the kind of person who will most likely read a book because of it's title and the book cover, not really reading the reviews first, and I think I made an excellent choice with this book. Gretchen Lowell could possibly be the next Hannibal Lecter, she is just plain evil, no mercy and no regret. It is incredibly well written, sometimes authors will confuse you when they go back in to the past and recount certain events Chelsea Cain makes it interesting but simple to understand. I can't wait for her to write another book, I have become her fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most gripping thrillers I've read recently, all the more impressive for being a first novel. Gretchen Lowell qualifies as a uniquely fascinating character, and the narrative woven around her moves at lightning speed. Impossible to put down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a big reader...I have never been able to find something that really interests me. I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. It is a great book. It kept me interested all the way through. Highly recommend this to anyone who like thrillers!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it in 3 days, and was very sad to see this is Chelsea Cain's 1st thriller novel. I can't wait until she comes out with a new one. This book got me involved in the first chapter. I never really read thrillers before, and now i want to read them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved everything about this book. From the beginning I just couldnt stop. The worst the about the book is that it ended. All of the characters were interesting and well developed. I am a fan of anything that makes me read until two a.m.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very good. I read it in 2 days, didn't want to put it down. I hope she writes another book with some of the same people in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book lives up to the hype. I am pleasantly surprised with this book. Cain has great characters throughout this book. The storyline is excellent, dramatic and suspenseful. I felt bad for the cop and creeped out by the serial killer. This book reads fast because you don't want to stop, my curiosity kept me turning the pages. I did not want the book to end, I can't wait for the next. Give this book a chance, I promise you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Different take on serial killer genre. Couldn't put it dow. Loved it.