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!
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.
OK....I admit it, I'm more likely to read Sci-Fi or Non-Fiction history than mysteries. But I have read all of the Dexter/Hannibal Lechter/Scarpetta books. And every Summer I take some time off to try to find a few non-Sci-Fi audiobooks. How did I miss these? What a clever premise. What a smart writer. I guarantee you will like this if you can take the rough imagery (it is a sadistic serial killer after all.) Just try the first hour....hooked. Good narrator as well !
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 don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
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).
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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!!
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.