Audiobook CD - 2007
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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten 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 ten days, and then mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away, while Archie is in prison of another kind-- addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to reveal the whereabouts of more of her victims.
Publisher: New York : Audio Renaissance, [2007]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2007
ISBN: 9781427201959
Branch Call Number: CAI
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (approximately 10 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: McCormick, Carolyn
Alternative Title: Heart sick


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Jan 22, 2016

For anyone intrigued with human psychology, Heartsick is one fascinating read. Serial killer-hunting cop Archie Sheridan has lost his family and his old life, and very nearly his soul, to a stunningly beautiful, exhorbitantly cruel female serial killer, Gretchen Lowell. Gretchen's now in prison, and Archie's imprisoned in a dismal apartment and a too-high daily consumption of pills. Far from abhorring Gretchen, who carved him up, pounded nails into him and perpetrated one of the best mind manipulations I've read, Archie's as addicted to his weekly visits to her as he is to his prescription medications.

Archie's coaxed out of medical leave to hunt down another serial killer, this time with a young reporter in tow, whom Archie has agreed can tag along with the investigation team in the interest in developing a four-part series on Archie for the local daily.

The best thing about the book was the primary characters' twisted, multi-layered psychology. There's a lot of old baggage and serious craziness. The back story and the main story are interesting, too, and the author links them at the end in a way that underscores Gretchen's pathological nature. She's scary even behind bars.

Feb 13, 2013

*** Story holds your attention, you want the police detective to catch the serial killer - I just wish Ms. Cain were not quite so creative and graphic in her ideas of torture. Recommend with caveat concerning violence.

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