The storyline for this book is very good. I was disappointed by the continued punctuation of four-letter words throughout even if the plot does involve true-to-life crime drama. The author has enough talent for weaving plot twists without it.
Heartsick is one of those books that makes you think period! It stirs a multitude of emotions, all at once. It was a real page turner that scares and excites you at the same time. Very well done!
The plot was predictable, the characters were shallow, unreal, and poorly developed, and the writing was annoying when it wasn't just dull. I've listened to hundreds of books, and this must have been one of the weakest.
Not bad, not the worst book I've heard on tape, but the narration could be better. The interaction between the characters seems artificial and I don't find the justification for the reporter's involvement believable. I also wonder if the dialogue would sound so cheesy if the narration was better acted. I don't know if I will be reading another of the author's books anytime soon and I doubt I will buy another audiobook with this narrator.
we are asked to believe that the detective in charge of the new serial killer case is chosen because he had been in charge of an earlier serial killer case -- one which took TEN years for him to solve and then only because the klller confessed after picturesquely torturing him and then enslaving him to her in a Stockholm Syndromesque absurd scenario.
One of the worst thrillers (?) I've ever listened to.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Chilling, intiguing, realistic
Can't pick just one. They all had an important part in the story.
I enjoyed the comments made by the author Chelsea Cain at the end. It was very interesting how it affected her to deal with violence & what she had to do to write a book like this.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
Enjoyed almost every minute of it, but it was graphic and disturbing. What makes that okay is that most of it requires you to sit back and let the implausable happen. Good to great listen even if the story line is getting a bit played out... (LEO/PI/FBI plus personal relationship with serial killer).
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
I downloaded this primarily because it's set in my home town, Portland. It's always interesting to listen to locale mispronunciation-however thats not a problem with this book thank goodness. The problem is that the plot is not at all unique and character development leaves a little to be desired.
Carolyn McCormick did very well as narrator and brought emotion into the story, but the story itself lacked anything different from many other serial killer novels. Cain does do a good job on dialogue and descriptive scenes, it's just that this has been written so many times before.
I wouldn't count this as a totally wonderful book, but it's not a looser either. It's basically an average mystery/psychological thriller...I have bought the second book in the series prior to listening to the first so I'm already hooked in to listening to it. Novelists can get better as they progress and I sincerely hope Cain does with her next book.
A basic 3 star average book.
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
Solid writing and plotting. The twisted love/hate/lust relationship between cop and killer is what makes it a step above.
The story line was all over the place. Very boring. From the review it sounded intriguing but it was so mundane. In addition the narrator was atrocious! I'm sorry I wasted my hard earned credit on it!!