Review: Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain #ProfilingMysteries

Posted August 23, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 16 Comments

Review: Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain #ProfilingMysteries
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Review: Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain #ProfilingMysteries
Book: Heartsick (Archie Seridan & Gretchen Lowell #1)
Author: Chelsea Cain
Article Type: Book Review

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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. Archie’s a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she’s right. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows the truth—he can’t stay away.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and for all. Either way, Heartsick makes for one of the most extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.

Review: Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain #ProfilingMysteries

Read from August 15 to 18, 2012

Read for #BoutofBooks and #BookClub (bought for myself)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25 (Especially the sicko Gretchen)

First thought when finished: I am sufficiently creeped out in a Hannibal Lector kind of way!

What I thought of the Case: Heartsick has two cases: One that has already completed and one that is currently happening. It is an interesting way to tell a tale but I think it really works. We meet Gretchen Lowell “psycho supreme” who kidnapped, tortured, and then released our main lead. Female serial killers are pretty darn scary and Gretchen is probably one of the scariest. She made my skin crawl at times. The parts of the story that contain her are often uncomfortable but they work so well. The current case I wasn’t as invested in BUT I did feel it had a nice twist towards about the 3/4 mark. I felt it played out pretty predictably but the writing was solid!

What I thought of the Characters: I loved (maybe that isn’t the right word) Gretchen Lowell. She was so well written! I also really liked how broken Archie was written. I think he truly showed some remarkable amounts of “clarity” despite all his other issues. In fact, I think what Gretchen says to him is true–he has all the markers to be a serial killer but I think he will use his cat/mouse abilities for the greater good. I liked Susan and hope that she is in the future books. I think she has some great potential to be useful to Archie. Overall, this is a great character driven thriller!

Final Thought: Heartsick is a great thriller that I don’t recommend reading at night!

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16 responses to “Review: Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell #1) by Chelsea Cain #ProfilingMysteries

  1. Hm… you were creeped out. This one may not be for me, and yet… sometimes I don’t mind the gore. Not often, but sometimes. Don’t ask me why I can read zombie books… don’t ask!

    Still… I like a good thriller…

  2. Midnyte Reader

    Oh my god, I have to read this! It sounds phenomenal! Female serial killers truly are very creepy. Terrific review.

  3. Ummmmm I think I’m going to pass on this one because Gretchen will scare the life out of me, I have no doubt of that. My wimpy-ness is showing hardcore, but I can’t help it! I am glad that she’s obviously an amazingly written character though, I’m just too scared to meet her:)

  4. Ohhh nothing is more creepy than these type of stories, Ill admit it scares me more than a Stephen King book…:) I will probably pass on this one, but Ill read your reviews and get the shivers anyway!!!

    • I am the opposite–Stephen King terrifies me and his stuff usually can’t happen. Real life psychos are fun for me to read. I have a love of True Crime also. I will let you shiver through me (that doesn’t sound right LOL)

  5. I read this one after it was compared to Hannibel, I mean he is brilliant. I wasn’t as impressed but will continue on because a kick ass female character needs support even if she is crazy πŸ™‚

    • I thought Gretchen’s part was strong but the primary case was weak. I think this series would have been better suited to do a book with her capturing him first! I picked up book 2 so I am interested to see how it goes from here!

  6. Amanda

    I’ve been wanting to pick this one up for some time! Sounds like it’s even creepier than I hoped. πŸ˜‰ Gonna have to get my hands on it.

  7. It sure sounds creepy Felicia, and you are correct, a female serial killer and a male victim, that is very rare. Thus original, which I like, but it still sounds too scarey for my tastes. Glad you enjoyed it so much though!

    • I think it wouldn’t be up your alley. It is a very scary thriller more along the lines of Hannibal Lecter type! I did have a few bad dreams the night I finished it. Though I will be picking up the second book because I love these types of stories LOL