Friday, August 27, 2010

HEARTSICK by Chelsea Cain

Title: Heartsick
Series: Gretchen Lowell/The Beauty Killer
Author: Chelsea Cain
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Blurb on the book cover:  A Living Nightmare.  Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer.  In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go.  Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in?  This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.  A Deadly Obsession…  Meanwhile, another series of Portland murders has Archie working on a brand-new task force…and heading straight into the line of fire.  The local news is covering the case 24/7, and it's not long before Archie enters a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the killer—and his former captor.  But this time, it's up to Archie to save himself…

Chelsea Cain's Heartsick is a fast-paced thrill ride that doesn't let up until the very end.  The characters are endearing from tortured detective Archie Sheridan, protective detective Henry Sobel, charming and deadly Gretchen Lowell, and quirky Susan Ward.  Heartsick has the feel of Silence of the Lambs with a demented twist.  Serial killer Gretchen Lowell is a true enigma and perhaps even more seductive than Hannibal Lector.  Overall, I would highly recommend this book, and so far, it is my favorite in the series.