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Sweetheart [Hardcover]

Chelsea Cain
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Sept. 2 2008 Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell (Book 2)

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.


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Starred Review. In Cain's superb follow-up to Heartsick, damaged detective Archie Sheridan is back home in Portland, Ore., trying to resume a normal life. Archie's ties to serial killer Gretchen Lowell still run deep, even if he's stopped their weekly visits in prison. Meanwhile, reporter Susan Ward is finishing an article accusing a beloved U.S. senator of seducing his children's 14-year-old babysitter a decade earlier. When three bodies are discovered in a local park—where Archie's team found Gretchen's first victim 12 years earlier—Archie worries another serial killer is at large. After the senator's unexpected death, Susan discovers links between the sex scandal and the bodies in the park. When Gretchen escapes from prison, Archie knows he's the only one who can stop her from killing. In Cain's capable hands, Gretchen is both a monster and the only person who truly understands Archie's pain. With its brisk pacing, carefully metered violence and tortured hero, Cain's sophomore effort will leave readers desperate for more. 200,000 first printing. (Sept.)
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Praise for Heartsick and Chelsea Cain

“A dizzying novel. Lurid and suspenseful with well-drawn characters, plenty of grisly surprises and tart dialogue, it delivers.”
--The New York Times Book Review

“Highly flawed but intelligent characters, a unique killer and a setting that complements a grizzly story line make this a novel mystery lovers can't afford to miss.”
--USA Today

"In her dynamite first thriller, Cain introduces one of the most seductive and original psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Heartsick is worth all the hype... brilliant."
--New York Post

"A vivid literary style lifts this well above the usual run of suspense novels.... Outstanding."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter.”
--Chuck Palahniuk

"Heartsick has it all: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created.  This is an addictive read!"
--Tess Gerritsen


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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great read March 24 2013
By Jilla Lonsdale TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Book two and I'm still hooked -- expands the story and reveals just enough to keep you hooked
The dynamics, tension, great character development are all building up to a solid series of novels -- more please!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does not live up to Heartsick March 7 2010
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Well, I thought the book had really great parts, where it was thrilling and parts where there were quite a few surprises uncovered, but the book just didn't really live up to the first one. I thought the first one was much more engaging and had a very complete, full plot. Sweetheart though, I'm not sure what to say about it. The plot just seemed to stagnate and it seemed to pick up a little towards the end but it just didn't have the same fast thrilling ride like the other one.

Gretchen still hasn't changed, she's still the same psychotic "Hannibal Lecter" we all have come to know since Heartsick. Although, there's just something about her that I can't seem quite to understand and grasp. True, she's a villain but I've read other ones that would easily take the "Crown of Evil" away in a heartbeat. Perhaps it's because there's not much information about her yet, I'm not sure. She just feels so "wooden" but it's as if the author has tried a little too hard to make her a villain and instead the result is a stagnant villain with a dysfunctional relationship with Archie and it's puzzling. There's no feeling from her, no "flesh" to her I guess, she seems entirely two dimensional. I don't know what to say about Archie. I don't understand what he's trying to do with Gretchen. On the other hand, it seems he wants to be with her but knows it's wrong but does it anyway yet somehow "covers" it up by trying to recapture her (at least, in my opinion it sure looks that way). It's this rather strange chemistry between these two that I don't quite get and it seems to put a bit of a damper on the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Feb. 10 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I loved the first book, Heartsick, I was disappointed by the second. Not because of the storyline, although it dwelt too much on Archie and Gretchen's relationship, but by the MISTAKES. The victim in the park had been dead for varying amounts of time, and at one point she was 24 and at another 29. And the time frames were off. You can't arrive somewhere when it's still light, and then be putting gas in your car at 11pm.
You lost a day in there, lady! There were several other examples of this. PLUS, you can't read the whole of "Now We Are Six" at ONE bedtime to a grade 1, and meanwhile a grade 2 kid is reading a Lemony Snicket book in the same room!!!!!!!!!! GET IT RIGHT. I will be reading Evil at Heart, and I hope Cain and her editors have tightened up the writing a little....

If you don't mind these foolish errors, it's still a great read......
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