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Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
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"If you love crime fiction then read Chelsea Cain."
5 stars"

I'm always looking for good new crime writers to help satisfy my reading addiction, so when I chanced on Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain I was hoping for a winner. To say that I wasn't disappointed is a real understatement. Serial killer Gretchen Lowell is one of the nastiest in print and what she has done to her adversary, detective Archie Sheridan, has turned him from a loving family man into someone not only physically damaged, but even more psychologically dysfunctional than Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole.

When Archie Sheridan finally returns to work two years after his first encounter with Gretchen Lowell even his partner and best friend, Henry, isn't sure he is up to it. But with three girls’ already taken Archie is given another chance to lead the team chasing a new serial killer.

Add to the mix a young, female reporter who wants to use Archie as the subject for her next story and whom Archie wants to use to manipulate Gretchen Lowell into giving up the location of more of the bodies of her victims and the scene is set for one hell of a story. In its course we find out what Lowell did to Archie and how it has damaged him, as well as follow the course of the new investigation.

I found putting this book down a major problem and the only consolation in it coming to an end was that I could order the next book in the series straight away, as Cain has already publish three other books in the series.

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He thinks he sees a flash of emotion in her eyes. Sympathy? Then it's gone. 'Whatever you think this is going to be like,' she whispers, 'it's going to be worse.' When beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell captured her last victim - the man in charge of hunting her down - she quickly established who was really in control of the investigation. So why, after ten days of horrifying physical and mental torture, did she release Detective Archie Sheridan from the brink of death and hand herself in? Two years on, Archie now returns to lead the search for a new killer, whose recent attacks on teenage girls have left the city of Portland reeling.Shadowed by vulnerable young reporter Susan Ward, Archie knows that only one person can help him climb into the mind of this psychopath. But can Archie finally manage to confront the demons of his past without being consumed by them? 'Dark, distressing and disturbing ...Just pray you never meet Gretchen' - Val McDermid. 'What may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read!' - Tess Gerritsen. 'Move over Thomas Harris, there's a new kid on the block ...Compelling, highly believable and very sexy' - "Daily Mirror".

Author Biography

Chelsea Cain has written for a wide variety of publications and is currently writing her second Gretchen Lowell thriller, Sweetheart . Chelsea lives in Portland, Oregon.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Unabridged edition
Pan Books
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