Sweetheart : Archie and Gretchen

  • by Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by Carolyn McCormick
  • Series: Archie and Gretchen
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer, Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times best seller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of Archie and Gretchen was left unfinished. Now Chelsea Cain picks up the tale again.When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago - it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case.Trouble is, Archie can't focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison.Archie hadn't seen her in two months; he'd moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, he's relieved. He knows he's the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all.Chelsea Cain has topped her own best-selling debut thriller with this unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat story.


What the Critics Say

"Superb....With its brisk pacing, carefully metered violence, and tortured hero, Cain's sophomore effort will leave readers desperate for more." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Another average mystery from Cain. Meh.....

Chelsea Cain might have a lot of ability-I like the way she writes dialogue and, if she had a better or less hackneyed plot line she might be capable of above average mysteries. However, her first two books have been, in my opinion, little more than retreaded plots that have been done previously by better novelists.

Heres the thing-the books aren't dogs (and she can write a hot sex scene) but they aren't wonderful either-they are average..Meh...take it or leave it types of books.

I didn't get much out of the first book, which I bought on an audible sale, and I also had purchased the second book at the same time so I was stuck listening to both books. They weren't, either of them, sufficient bad to not finish them, not boring, not terrible books. But they weren't great either. They were just basic average mysteries.

Like all books, they might really appeal to some listeners or readers. I wish you well.

I'm recovering from a fractured hip so I have time to waste when not watching the Olympics. This book would have been close to a waste of time if I had something else to do.

As for the narration, McCormick has the characters down-I like her take on the evil serial killer a lot..she sounds like Disney's Evil Queen from Snow White. Her narration goes right along with the plot, however...average.
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- PlantCrone


Picks up where Heartsick left off, but isn't half as good. The story is slow and formulaic. Seemed to just drag on without really progressing anywhere. The fact that the main male character (Archie) survives is simply unbelievable. Closes with a gratuitous opening for a sequel. Disappointing.
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- The Doctor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio