In Chelsea Cain’s bestselling series debut, Portland detective Archie Sheridan has spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer. In the end she was the one who caught him, but after torturing him for days she mysteriously let him go and turned herself in. Since then the she has been locked up, leaving Archie damaged but alive in a prison of another kind—addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days or Gretchen off his mind.

When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets, Archie has to pull himself together to head up a new task force, but even then he can’t stop him without getting information from Gretchen—an encounter that may destroy him.

With Susan Ward, a hungry young newspaper reporter, profiling Archie and his team, Archie, the killer, and Gretchen enter into a dark and deadly game. Each novel in Chelsea Cain’s scorching series leaves readers wanting more of the twisted and destructive relationship introduced in Heartsick.


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

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

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

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    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

Praise for Heartsick
“One of the most seductive and original psychopaths since Hannibal Lecter.”
Entertainment Weekly
Heartsick is a dizzying novel. Lurid and suspenseful with well-drawn characters, plenty of grisly surprises, and tart dialogue, it delivers.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A distinctive and disturbing novel that blurs the lines between suspense fiction and psychological suspense.”
Chicago Tribune
“Steamy and perverse.”
The New York Times

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In Chelsea Cain's novel, a detective is obsessed by the woman who nearly killed him.
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  • 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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Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell

Chelsea Cain



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