Heartsick : Archie and Gretchen

  • by Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by Carolyn McCormick
  • Series: Archie and Gretchen
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent 10 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 10 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 10 horrific days off his mind. 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.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 then, somehow, 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.


What the Critics Say

"With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter." (Chuck Palahniuk)
"Heartsick has it all: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. This is an addictive read!" (Tess Gerritsen)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good 1st Book

Interesting book, a little twisted, but interesting. Audiobook was enhanced by choice of narrator. The Beauty Killer was as scary a villain as I have come across in recent years. Kudos for creating a female Hannibal Lector-esque villain!

Not a typical detective novel though, definitely more in line with the horror genre.
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- Robin


If you don't like the the gory details this is not the story for you! They are necessary to depict the twisted female serial killer. The relationship between psychopath Gretchen and victim cop is fascinating. The pace picks up after a slow start. It takes of and goes up and down like a roller coaster.
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- DMcClureDVM

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio