Book review: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (0312368461)

This book pulls you in from the very first chapter which is a flashback of a female serial killer torturing one of her victims. The victim happens to be Archie Sheridan, a homicide detective who has been called back to duty after recovering from his harrowing experience two years before. He is put in charge to investigate another series of murders in Portland, Oregon, but is he up to it? He is addicted to pain killers, he is separated from his family. and he has an unnatural bound with his torturer, Gretchen Lowell who is now in prison and meets with him every Sunday to give him information on the 200+ victims she allegedly killed.

Susan Ward is assigned to write a story on Archie Sheridan and the recent serial murders of several high school girls. She is young, ambitious and had a rough childhood. Can she handle the unhappy memories while returning to her old high school where some of the murders have occurred?

This is an action-packed thriller that keeps you guessing to the end. The flashbacks of Archie Sheridan’s torture are terrifying and something you want to stop reading, but you just can’t. The female serial killer is an interesting premise and I look forward to finding out how Ms. Cain carries Gretchen Lowell over into her other books.

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