Heartsick (Chelsea Cain)

Heartsick 657034
Chelsea Cain
Minotaur Books
2007
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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.

I had this on my TBR for quite so long, but I never found the time, until now. I must say I liked it a lot, but at the same time, I expected more.

I especially loved the relationship between Archie and Gretchen; in my opinion, that storyline is the most interesting and original part of the book and I think I would’ve liked it more if the whole novel revolved around those two. It was something similar to Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter but way more twisty.

On the contrary, the case that takes part in Heartsick is a rather formulaic one and the ending disappoints a bit, there are almost no surprises. I don’t know if Susan is a character in the next books of the series, but I’d like her to be: I enjoyed her personality a lot.

I don’t know why, but even if the book wasn’t one of the best I’ve read lately, I still want to continue with this series. The characters, the secrets and the whole detective-criminal thing were fascinating.

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

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