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.