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Heartsick

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, 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 ten horrific days off his mind. Archie's a different person, his estranged wife says, and he knows she's right. 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, but even he knows the truth---he can't stay away.
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 somehow then 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.

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Chapter 1 Archie doesn’t know for sure that it’s her until that moment. There is a dull bloom of warmth in his spine, his vision blurs, and then he knows that Gretchen Lowell is the killer. He realizes that he has been drugged, but it is too late. He fumbles for his gun, but he is ham-fisted and can only lift it awkwardly from his belt clip and hold it out as if it were a gift to her. She takes it and smiles, kissing him gently on the forehead. Then she reaches into his coat and takes the cell phone, turning it off and slipping it into her purse. He is almost paralyzed now, slumped
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  • Chelsea Cain's Heartsick Tour - Portland, Oregon

    A video tour of Portland and interview with author Chelsea Cain on her murder mystery novel, Heartsick.

  • Book Trailer 1 for Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

    The first book trailer for author Chelsea Cain's murder mystery novel, Heartsick.

  • Book Trailer 2 for Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

    The second book trailer for author Chelsea Cain's murder mystery novel, Heartsick.

  • Book Trailer 3 for Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

    The third book trailer for author Chelsea Cain's murder mystery novel, Heartsick.

  • Heartsick by Chelsea Cain--audiobook excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Chelsea Cain's thriller novel Heartsick, narrated by Carolyn McCormick. Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him...and tortured him...and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie's life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.

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Praise for Heartsick

Advance Praise for Heartsick and Chelsea Cain
 
"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
 
"With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter."
---Chuck Palahniuk
 
"Chelsea Cain's novel is completely entrancing and totally original---what a read. Between the humanity of Portland cop Archie Sheridan and the chilling and twisted design of his beautiful nemesis, Gretchen Lowell, Heartsick is utterly unforgettable. Cain is a wonderful---and terrifying---storyteller."
---Dominick Dunne

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Heartsick - Chelsea Cain - Books - Review - New York Times
In Chelsea Cain's novel, a detective is obsessed by the woman who nearly killed him.
- The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Chelsea Cain

  • Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Season, Evil at Heart, and Sweetheart. Both Heartsick and Sweetheart were listed in Stephen King’s Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly. Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was “the boogieman” of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer’s capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.
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Heartsick

Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell

Chelsea Cain

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Minotaur Books

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