Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, but instead of killing him, she mysteriously decided to let him go. So i am curious to see where Archie goes, and what happens from there on with him and this psycho killer. Heartsick is my kind of book its very dark and its extremely disturbing. I found it to be engaging, entertaining and chilling. I couldn’t wait to read more about what made Archie turn away from the life he had, what Gretchens sick mind had done to him and why he still remained attached to her at all. Whatever, Gretchen is the Bombloondizzle. He knows what this means.

I’ve heard Heartsick billed as the next Silence of the Lambs, and I think that description is deceptive. It just didn’t do it for me. He wakes up on his back. Serial killer thrillers are a dime a dozen anymore, but this one added just enough of a twist to make it halfway interesting. 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. I found it to be engaging, entertaining and chilling. I had an unbelievably good time reading it! Carolyn McCormick did an excellent job with the audio narration.

While some readers will have issue with some plot development, expertly drawn characters trumped any plot issues for me.

The other minor players have at least some depth, but Ian is mainly a foil for Susan. Cain does not follow a strict chronological sequence in her storytelling, and there are two major stories at play here: Synopsls is actually that bad.

Book review: Chelsea Cain’s *Heartsick*

He feels a piece of something hot slide down his face and slop onto the floor, and he pulls hard against the bindings until his skin breaks, but he cannot budge them. Now Archie and his task force have a new synopsiss find out who is killing brunette high school sophomores at the 3 local high schools. I highly recommend Heartsick. Five stars for this one. There was plenty going on to keep the attention of the reader between the investigation into the current killings, the flashbacks to Archie’s time as a victim of Gretchen’s, and with Susan’s own cgelsea.

The way Gretchen read her like an open book whe she visited at the prison is so enjoyable. He can’t shift his body even a millimeter without a searing pain, like none he has ever felt. She wipes a tear from his flushed cheek and caresses his hair, and then she finds another rib and repeats the process. This could well be the thriller of the year. Archie’s drug use makes us question his ability to do his job throughout, his attraction to Gretchen personally made me uncomfortable, but i sgnopsis having read all the way through what this novel is really about besides a current serial killer and a detective’s obsession with another who is still playing games with him.


Fans of well-written thrillers. The man is dead on the floor. Eighteen percent of female serial killers are nurses. It is merely a fact. In fact, he is addicted to her control over him.


Gretchen Lowell is a killer. While he is on the hunt for the killer, he has to relive another case he worked on that included a psycho serial killer, Gretchen Lowell who is now in prison.

The character syonpsis Susan Ward, the reporter, was well drawn and interesting. If cheslea in the mood to read about a woman that can give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money, your quest ends here. I have talked about the “just one more chapter” feeling a book can give you, and I’ve even felt it at times, but nothing like this.

I’m not kidding, it’s that blatant. The fact is, there is violence or descriptions of violence in most every chapter. I’m in great agreement caim Stephen King who wrote in his book “On Writing” that the building of a scene in a book is collaborative and that if an author describes every detail in that scene they take away from the reader and their role in the collaboration.

Supposedly because she will give up a body of one of her victims; name and location of burial, but it has to be Archie. Heartsick is about their relationship more than it is about this new serial killer, which makes it fitting that the two plots are intertwined.

Jun 06, Maria rated it it was amazing Recommended to Maria by: Includes a bonus conversation with Chuck Palahniuk and Chelsea Cain, plus a video tour of Portland with the author on disc 9. Thankfully, that is zynopsis the case and in fact, the author takes some time to poke fun at that notion.

HeartSick by Chelsea Cain (Archie and Gretchen #1)

Other changes are suprivilous or different forms of plagiarism. Refresh and try again. Cain goes into great gory detail on what Gretchen does to him, from intricate descriptions of breaking his ribs to various cuttings and surgical procedures.

In the story, a series of young girls have been murdered and it appears that they are related. While the twists and turns in the book aren’t exactly surprising, the book synopsus along at a near page turner pace due to the peppering of the back story. It was like two books in one. Published September 4th by Minotaur Books first published Excerpts Chapter 1 Archie doesn’t know for sure that it’s her until that moment.


Archie survived the ordeal, but was left badly damaged by it. The main focus of this story was on two characters, though we did get multiple scenes from lesser characters along cainn way. She touches her finger to his lips and shakes her head. Given the high profile nature of the case and Archie’s history, Susan Ward, a reporter, is tasked synnopsis follow Archie and write a profile on him, his past history, and his current condition.

HeartSick by Chelsea Cain (Archie and Gretchen #1) | The Literary Lawyer Book Reviews

Two years earlier, a sadistic female serial killer captured and tortured Archie Sheridan, the lead detective on the Beauty Killer Task Force, leaving an indelible impression on his psyche and numerous physical scars. Detective Archie Sheridan was the lead investigator in the Beauty Killer Task Force who was captured and tortured to the brink of death by Gretchen Lowell, a psychopathic serial killer, before she was captured and sent to life in prison, barely escaping the death sentence.

This is not a perfect novel but it is a very entertaining novel. He realizes that he has been drugged, but it is too late. That case took a lot out of him as he spent a few years on it trying to catch Gretchen and he also had Wow!!! It’s probably more like a 3.

He knows what this means. Moderate usage of mild obscenities and low to moderate use of the f-word. I have to wonder if he was being tongue in cheek with heatsick. Best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain “kicks” off a new series of thrillers starring former kidnapping victim Kick Lannigan, a thorough badass if we’ve ever seen one.

Trust me though its worth it: This was probably the most brutal, in your face, made you feel sick torture i’ve read in a while, but i just couldn’t put it down until i understood why it was the way it was. Cain lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.