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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chelsea Cain Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 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 10 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 10 horrific days off his mind. 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.

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 then, somehow, 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kerry | 1/29/2014

    " I had few expectations going into this book; my hope was just for an engaging mystery/psychological thriller. In my book, that means good writing, well developed and interesting characters, and a plot that keeps my interest. Cain delivered on all fronts. She writes well, and has a real talent for framing characters quickly enough for the reader to get interested in them, but also for letting the characters continuing to reveal more about themselves as the story unfolds. The story of Archie Sheridan's involvement with Gretchen Lowell, while predictable in many ways, is well told and well incorporated into Tyne "current" mystery. My only gripe is that the present day mystery - the identity of the "After-School Strangler" - is not told with an eye toward letting the reader solve it along with the police. For all of the procedural aspects of the book, we get virtually no clues, no opportunity to chase red herrings, no chance to try to puzzle out the answer on our own. Still, I am going to continue with the series and am glad to have found it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kori | 1/28/2014

    " I'm not usually a fan of thriller novels, but I was really drawn into this story. Archie Sheridan is a damaged detective who was kidnapped by the serial killer he was trying to catch. She tortured him for ten days, to within an inch of his life, then let him go and turned herself in. Now he's after a new killer and needs to use her expertise in the manhunt. But is Gretchen Lowell just playing with him? And what has been compelling him to visit her in prison once a week since she let him go? Bone chilling characters and lots of action kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arden | 1/26/2014

    " A disturbingly beautiful read. Gory and heartbreaking. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lolli | 1/5/2014

    " The author succeeded in making me want for more. It disturbed my already disturbed mind as well. Looking forward to reading the next one. "

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