Friday, August 27, 2010

SWEETHEART by Chelsea Cain

Title: Sweetheart
Series: Gretchen Lowell/The Beauty Killer
Author Chelsea Cain
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Blurb on the book cover:  Portland detective Archie Sheridan, the former head of the Beauty Killer Task Force, hunted Gretchen Lowell for years before she kidnapped him, tortured him, and then let him go.  Now that she is behind bars, Archie is finally piecing his life back together.  But no matter how hard Archie tries, he just can't stop thinking about Gretchen…  When the body of a young woman is discovered in Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the first corpse he discovered there a decade ago:  it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case.  Then, the unthinkable happens:  Gretchen escapes from prison, and once the news breaks, all of Portland goes on high alert.  Archie knows he's the only one who can capture Gretchen—and now he has a plan.  Even if it means becoming her last victim…

Once again, Chelsea Cain allows us a glimmer into the mind of a serial killer in Sweetheart.  The reader learns more about Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell's relationship and perhaps why she didn't kill him.  Could it be love, darling, or something more sinister?  In prison or out, Gretchen finds a way to still torment Archie and strike fear in those around her.  This book focuses more on Gretchen, and I found that I enjoyed every minute of it.  Sweetheart has the flavor of Hannibal.  Overall, the thrilling adventure isn't over, and the destruction has just begun.