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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: Related: The Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781427201966
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/21/2013

    " Could NOT keep my nose out of this book! Best book I have read in a long time! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nydia | 11/15/2013

    " I'll give this book 3 stars, but it deserves 3 and-a-half for all the very gruesome details that made me cringe. But this can be a movie that has that predictable ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 11/5/2013

    " One of the best thriller series I've read in a dog's age! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keira | 9/8/2013

    " Well loved and well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 9/3/2013

    " Very strange plot, characters all the way from cruel and bloodless to vulnerable, many twists. It hooked me and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamalam | 6/11/2013

    " It was a good cop/serial killer book. Very suspenseful. Started a bit slow, and the wrap-up was a bit lame, but the whodunit was exciting. I wanted the cop to sleep with the journalist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary Palmer | 3/17/2013

    " This is the most amazing thriller that I've read in a long time!!! OMG! A real page-turner if I ever saw one. A truly believable sadistic serial killer. Book is well written, it just ended too soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alissa | 3/8/2013

    " Who knew serial killers could be so entertaining? Loved the relationship between Archie and Gretchen. Awesome writing with great suspense and action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/23/2012

    " I wasn't sure I liked the characters until the very end and then I found myself intrigued enough to try the second one. Not sure I buy the female serial killer thing, however. Aren't they like super rare? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elvis | 12/21/2012

    " Slow starting having problems getting into this one. Once this book picked up couldn't put it down. Very scary to think that there are physcotic killers out there just like Gretchen Lowell. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanillahugz | 12/7/2012

    " A mesmerizing story of twisted dependence getting into the mind of both victim and psycho. This is a page turner that one is both repulsed by and intriuged by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 11/21/2012

    " Amazing book! On the edge of your seat reading! Characters all too frighteningly real! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 11/17/2012

    " Just too disturbing and creepy for me. Don't know if I'll read the next one in the series or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki Miller | 3/9/2012

    " Wow - this was a good read - almost couldn't put it down. Ordered the second in the series now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allyson | 3/6/2012

    " This book successfully rekindled my appetite for thrillers. Want more. Now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen Rendahl | 1/7/2012

    " I thought I was over the creepy serial killer books. I especially thought I was over the creepy serial killer books that have the killer and the cop locked in a relationship with each other. Chelsea Cain proved me wrong. I thought this book was terrific. Psychologically layered and intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/20/2011

    " What a wickedly written story. How many authors write about a twisted female serial killer? I love Chelsea Cain! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thnjul | 9/6/2011

    " Interseting enough to move on to the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Harrod | 7/25/2011

    " I really enjoyed this - very original, and way better than I had expected from the title - stunningly good thriller, with wonderfully flawed but interesting characters - and I am now happily armed with the followup Sweetheart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominique | 6/19/2011

    " A pretty good read, if you're looking for something entertaining. The story is really good, except for the parts about the reporter. But I guess I just don't like reporters. Oh, it's also very VERY gruesome. I don't get queasy about stuff like that, but I was squirming a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/14/2011

    " Sort of like Hanibal Lecter but set in Portland OR. Too bad they didn't research the couple of paragraphs on drugs as they were wrong. Creepy but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/12/2011

    " I loved this book. Had the right amount suspense and was never dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frankie | 6/11/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/9/2011

    " Fabulous - weird - could not put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/3/2011

    " Looking back on this I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much--though the serial killer goodness is present in this book, it did feel a bit like Hannibal Lecter had simply had a sex change--but I did enjoy it, and that is probably enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/2/2011

    " This was an awesome book on a female serial killer. A must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexa | 5/30/2011

    " One of my favorite books, ever. I couldn't put it down. Chelsea Cain did an excellent job in craftily writing this horrific book. This is the first book in this series, and I plan on reading them all. I loved loved loved! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/27/2011

    " Pure cotton... if cotton were horror. LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/23/2011

    " This is the most amazing thriller that I've read in a long time!!! OMG! A real page-turner if I ever saw one. A truly believable sadistic serial killer. Book is well written, it just ended too soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/21/2011

    " Not for the faint of heart...be warned before embarking on a tale of a vicious female serial killer who thrives on torture! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 5/20/2011

    " Great! Had the chance to meet Chelsea at the local bookstore she was awesome, can't wait to read Sweetheart, the next in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Season, Evil at Heart, Sweetheart, and Heartsick. Both Heartsick and Sweetheart were listed in Stephen King’s Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly. Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was “the boogieman” of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer’s capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives.