Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain (#1 Archie Sheridan)

Heart Sick (Gretchen Lowell, #1)

Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain

Published: 2007

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Heart Sick by Chelsea Cain is the 1st in the Archie Sheridan Detective Series.

It is not for the faint of heart.  It has rather extreme gore and torture in it, and is one of the best crime series out there.  Because it is different.  Archie is different.  Gretchen is just out there.

Archie Sheridan worked on the Beauty Killer Case for 10 years before he caught the killer, or shall I say she caught him.  Gretchen Lowell caught Detective Archie Sheridan and tortured him for 10 days.  He was to be her 200th victim.  She killed him.  Then she brought him back to life.  Then, when he was dying again, she called 9-1-1 and turned herself in.  Archie survived.  Sort of.  Gretchen is in prison.  But Archie visits every Sunday.  He says it is because every time he visits, she gives up the body location of another victim, and he wants closure for the families.  But is that true?  Or is it Stockholm Syndrome.  Is Archie in love with Gretchen?  

After 2 years on disability, Archie’s mentor and friend Henry, finally gets him back to work.  When high school students turn up dead, the Beauty Killer Squad is called back to action, and Archie will be leading it.  Is he up to the task, or is he that damaged (and addicted to pills) that he will be able to function.  He allows a young reporter, Susan Ward, to tag along and tell his story.  Why now?  Does he have an ulterior motive?

This is a great start to the series.  The pace is fast, and the characters are fresh.  You love them, you hate them, you don’t know what they will do next, but you care right from the outset.  They pull you in and get you hooked.

Favorite Quotes from Heart Sick:

“There will be time to diet when people stopped killing one another.”

“Something about the way she moves through the world does not lend itself to the care of fragile objects.”

Re-Read: August 2016

 

About the Author:  Chelsea Cain started out writing humor books, and contributed articles to the Portland newspapers, before devoting her time to writing full-time. In addition to this NY Times Best-Selling Archie & Gretchen Series, she is writing a  Kick Lannigan series as well as writing the Mockingbird Comic Book for Marvel.   The abusive response to her comic book has led her to abandon Twitter (October 2016).  She lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

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