Portland detective Archie Sheridan, the former head of the Beauty Killer Task Force, hunted Gretchen Lowell for years before she kidnapped him, tortured him, and then let him go. Now that she is behind bars, Archie is finally piecing his life back together. He has returned home to his ex-wife and their two children and sworn off visiting Gretchen. Though it should feel like progress, being away from Gretchen makes him feel worse.
When the body of a young woman is discovered in Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be Gretchen’s first victim, and Archie’s first case. The body can’t be one of hers. She’s in prison.
Then the unthinkable happens: Gretchen escapes and, while the city is on edge, Archie is secretly relieved. He knows he’s the only one who can capture her, and once he does he now has a twisted plan to get out from under her thumb for good.
Each new novel in Chelsea Cain’s scorching bestselling series—Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, and a new novel coming in 2011—is a dark, thrilling, and unparalleled tour de force.
The first book trailer for author Chelsea Cain's murder mystery novel, Sweetheart.
The second book trailer for author Chelsea Cain's murder mystery novel, Sweetheart.
The third book trailer for author Chelsea Cain's murder mystery novel, Sweetheart.
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Chelsea Cain's bestselling thriller novel Sweetheart, narrated by Carolyn McCormick. With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer Portland Detective Archie Sheridan.
Praise for Sweetheart
“This is one of the best series in the contemporary thriller genre.”
“We’ve been down Hannibal Lecter Avenue many times, and these two books shouldn't work . . . but they do. Chalk it up to excellent writing and Cain’s ferocious sense of humor.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
“Cain skillfully recruits us as moral caretakers as Archie struggles to overcome his sexual Stockholm Syndrome. . . . She invents Gretchen in wanton, wide-screen glory. . . . The novel is sensual and engulfing.”
—The New York Times Book Review