'Turn yourself in,' Archie said. He pressed the fingers of one hand into his right temple, trying to slow the pulse of blood that beat against his skin. Susan was taking notes, recording everything. He didn't care. 'I'll do anything you want,' he said. 'You know what I want.' She let that linger in the air between them. 'Tell me,' he said. 'I want ...
'Turn yourself in,' Archie said. He pressed the fingers of one hand into his right temple, trying to slow the pulse of blood that beat against his skin. Susan was taking notes, recording everything. He didn't care. 'I'll do anything you want,' he said. 'You know what I want.' She let that linger in the air between them. 'Tell me,' he said. 'I want you,' Gretchen said. 'I've always wanted you.' Investigative journalist Susan Ward is about to print the story of her career - proving long-rumoured allegations about a respected senator's affair with a young girl. But the day before her story is published, the senator is killed in a car crash. Detective Archie Sheridan is trying to rebuild a life with his family. But he remains haunted by beautiful, ruthless serial killer Gretchen Lowell - the woman who tortured him then saved his life. Now she is safely behind bars, Archie is determined to stay away from her. And when a mysterious child leads him to two bodies in Forest Park, Archie must focus his attention on the case. But then the unthinkable happens: Gretchen escapes. The only thing this gorgeous psychopath cares about is Archie - and with her on the loose, everyone he loves has become a target ...
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I ordered this book for my Niece Chelsea's Birthday (16th). Dec 21 was when i needed it I got it in plenty of time to plan a special wrapping to make it fun to open. As of last Friday My Niece has already finished her book. I think she liked it ;p
Oct 1, 2009
Great Guilty Pleasure
I love mysteries, and Cains ride close to the line of psychological thriller. It is a great page turner.
Jul 12, 2009
In Chelsea Cain's first novel, Heartsick, we met serial killer Gretchen Lowe--beautiful, highly intelligent, cultured--and her victim/lover/hunter Archie Sheridan, Portland detective and family man. Sweetheart picks up two years after the grotesque events of Heartsick unfolded, and with the same cast of characters.
Archie Sheridan is divorced from his wife, but still living with her and their two kids. He is in love with his ex-wife, he is in love with Vicodin, and he is in love with Gretchen Lowell. When she escapes from prison while being transferred to another facility Archie knows that he must see her, he must have her, and he must keep her from killing again.
While drawing heavily upon the type of dynamic between detective and psycho killer that Thomas Harris invented and then perfected with Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter, still Chelsea Cain manages to keep her story fresh...as well as truly sick and nasty (and as a gobbler of serial killer novels, I mean that in the best possible way). Not only that, but she's left the door open for the possibility of more encounters between these two tormented characters.
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