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Staff Pick

One of the best thrillers I've read in years, Heartsick is taut, edgy, and disturbing, and Archie Sheridan is a compelling new character. I eagerly anticipate the next book in this new series.
Recommended by Carrie, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

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A Living Nightmare

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.

A Deadly Obsession

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.

Review:

"In addition to spiky characters, Cain has a crisp voice, a wicked sense of humor, and an imagination for all the horrors that can unfold in a locked basement....Bad news for Archie, but good news for readers who relish a profoundly creepy thriller. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"It's a long way from a Nancy Drew parody (Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, 2005) to one of the most original serial-killer thrillers to appear in several years, but Cain makes the leap unscathed....This could well be the thriller of the year." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

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

Review:

"Heartsick is a dizzying novel. Lurid and suspenseful with well-drawn characters, plenty of grisly surprises and tart dialogue, it delivers what readers of this particular kind of thriller expect." Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"For all its heavy-handed touches, Heartsick is not a cookie-cutter book. In a genre that is rife with copycatting, Ms. Cain deserves some credit for having gotten a potentially interesting new series off the ground." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[G]reat stuff for true-crime readers." Library Journal

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

Detective Archie Sheridan has spent years tracking serial killer Gretchen Lowell. In the end, it was she who caught him, tortured him, then mysteriously set him free and turned herself in. Now as he trails a new case, Archie needs Gretchen in more ways than one — to catch a killer and to release his soul.

Synopsis:

A LIVING NIGHTMARE

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 Archies 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.

A DEADLY OBSESSION…

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 cant do, this time, is save Archies life.

HEARTSICK IS COMPELLING and ORIGINAL.” —Chuck Palahniuk

“Brilliant.”— New York Post

Synopsis:

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 Archies 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 cant do, this time, is save Archies life.

About the Author

Chelsea Cain lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, Washington, where the infamous Green River Killer was "the boogeyman" of her youth. Also the author of Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, a parody based on the life of Nancy Drew, several nonfiction titles, and a weekly column in The Oregonian, Chelsea Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter. Visit her online at www.chelseacain.com.

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lit luva, December 23, 2010 (view all comments by lit luva)
I read it because it got a good review on the "daily dose". Come to think of it, the "daily dose" never gives a bad review! Hmmmm. Could it be that a bad review doesn't sell books? Anyway,I thought HeartSick was lightweight and predictable. Formulaic. Same old same ole. No matter how hard the author, Chelsea Cain, tried to make the psychopath evil, she just didn't shock or scare me. Characters just didn't have enough depth. Especially the psycho. Would have liked to go deeper into Gretchen's mind (killer).
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mattyaneo, December 14, 2010 (view all comments by mattyaneo)
Easily the best, most shocking novel I have read in a long time. In fact, it was so amazing that I immediately bought the two books following it the moment I finished the first. Brilliant. Really, really brilliant.
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Marcus, May 26, 2009 (view all comments by Marcus)
I usually do not like romantic books but this one was pretty good. It kept me interested and had enough plot tweists to make me forget the love stuff. Good read for just about anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312947156
Author:
Cain, Chelsea
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Women journalists
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Oregon
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Suspense
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
No. 1
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 352 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312947156 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

One of the best thrillers I've read in years, Heartsick is taut, edgy, and disturbing, and Archie Sheridan is a compelling new character. I eagerly anticipate the next book in this new series.

"Review" by , "In addition to spiky characters, Cain has a crisp voice, a wicked sense of humor, and an imagination for all the horrors that can unfold in a locked basement....Bad news for Archie, but good news for readers who relish a profoundly creepy thriller. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "It's a long way from a Nancy Drew parody (Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, 2005) to one of the most original serial-killer thrillers to appear in several years, but Cain makes the leap unscathed....This could well be the thriller of the year."
"Review" by , "With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter."
"Review" by , "Heartsick is a dizzying novel. Lurid and suspenseful with well-drawn characters, plenty of grisly surprises and tart dialogue, it delivers what readers of this particular kind of thriller expect."
"Review" by , "For all its heavy-handed touches, Heartsick is not a cookie-cutter book. In a genre that is rife with copycatting, Ms. Cain deserves some credit for having gotten a potentially interesting new series off the ground."
"Review" by , "[G]reat stuff for true-crime readers."
"Review" by , "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!"
"Synopsis" by , Detective Archie Sheridan has spent years tracking serial killer Gretchen Lowell. In the end, it was she who caught him, tortured him, then mysteriously set him free and turned herself in. Now as he trails a new case, Archie needs Gretchen in more ways than one — to catch a killer and to release his soul.
"Synopsis" by ,

A LIVING NIGHTMARE

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 Archies 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.

A DEADLY OBSESSION…

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 cant do, this time, is save Archies life.

HEARTSICK IS COMPELLING and ORIGINAL.” —Chuck Palahniuk

“Brilliant.”— New York Post

"Synopsis" by ,

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 Archies 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 cant do, this time, is save Archies life.

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