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There was a serial murderer to be captured. Her name was, Gretchen Lowell. Detective Archie Sheridan was the head of the task force that had been established ten long years ago to bring her down. However, it was Gretchen who decided that is was time to turn herself in.
Gretchen Lowell lured Archie to her home and kept him captive for ten long days. The act of torture performed by her as proof that Archie had been captured by her, was to remove his spleen without anesthesia and have it sent to the police department.
Archie was quite ready to die, however, Gretchen wasn't ready for him to die. Although Gretchen had Archie agree to visit her every Sunday and in turn she would give him the name and place of one of her victims, he had never expected to live. He slipped into a coma and was not aware when Gretchen had called 911.
Two years had passed and Archie's life was by no means near okay. He had not went back to work in those two years, he continued to visit Gretchen every Sunday as promised, Archie had moved out and no longer lived with his wife and children and he remained addicted to Vicodin, the medication that had been given to him by Gretchen while in captivity.
Another serial killer was taking young girls off of the streets of Portland and after three days the murderer left them so as to be found. The head of the police department was unable to think of anyone else but Archie to head up the task force. He wanted to refuse but Archie knew that he wouldn't but instead agreed to the assignment. Archie's best friend, Henry, also worked with the police department. He stayed with Archie throughout the grueling time that it took to catch this new serial killer.
The narrator, Carolyn McCormick, did a great job. She was able to bring the characters to life. The character's emotions were well interpreted. She did a good job of both male and female voices. McCormick's narration made listening to the book enjoyable.
The book, Heart Sick, was filled with action and suspense throughout. I knew that I wanted to finish listening to the last page after listening to the first chapter.
There would definitely be hope for Archie to heal. However, what that would take and for how long was definitely in question. Why he allowed himself to be lured into heading up the new task force was something only Archie could understand at the time.
If you decide to purchase this book I don't think that you will be disappointed. Some of the scenes can be gruesome but how else could torture be described. The language is colorful to say the least but as with other books that I've listened to whereby the police are central to the story, the language has always been far from pure. The listener will not have a dull moment. Excitement is in order when listening to, Heart Sick.
No - the scenes were too graphic with the torture of the main character
left more to the imagination
This is an uninspired story delivered in flashes of shocking, gruesome and unneeded details. About the best one can say about Heartsick: Sophomoric prose, undeveloped characters and flimsy plot lead to an ending. Many have compared the serial killer (heroine?) to Hannibal Lecter; that's quite a leap. Very little in this book that's believable, deep or interesting and some parts are actually painful to listen to, although because of the shoddy writing rather than the silly and mostly unnecessary torture and gore. No surprises or revelations, the characters just plod along to the ending you expected before the book was halfway done. Not sure why I stuck with it to the end - I guess I couldn't look away from the trainwreck, plus the book is thankfully short. The performance was mildly annoying but I decided it was more the source content that the voice artist herself. If you're looking for anything more than a trite distraction, do yourself a favor and keep looking.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
When you look at your own self through the colored filter of any book, you wonder how you could gain the winning traits of the main character or lose a trait you have that is similar to the most heinous of the villains. Listening to this book made me start to see myself more as others must see me. It helped me to lay my own self bare. Therefore, my three (3) words are:
Heartsick (not because it is the title, but it is one of the best fitting titles I have seen in years)
I would have to relate this review to watching Silence of the Lambs. We all want to be able to have the power to create criminal profiles and to some degree, as a society, we have tied criminal profiles to the criminals they examine. I correlate the ability to climb into the head of a serial killer to having some maniacal traits of their own, no matter how utterly unfounded this is. Nevertheless, the desire to talk to a serial killer and come out on the smarter end is part of our collective narcissism and why we love murder mysteries to some degree.
Heartsick really meets the need of profiling by sitting you down with the serial killer, just like in Silence of the Lamb. Does she help? Will she eat your liver with beans? You'll just have to put your lotion on your skin, listen to the book, and see.
Unfortunately I did not have an extreme reaction, although I did enjoy the book thoroughly and wanted to listen to reach the end. However, when I finished the book and realized there was a sequel, I could not bring myself to buy it and continue with the character(s) in some of their sick relationships.
The psychological nature of this book is great. You will listen and not know the twists and turns you will take.
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
I absolutely adored this book and found it surprising all at once. I have never before read any work by this author but after listening to this book on audio I am sure to hunt down more of her work until I have read it all.
From The Beauty killer to the After School Killer this is a nonstop layered book fascinating me with deep character formations and a pull towards the next page like a morning body toward coffee. I needed my fix. I got it. Archie is a well rounded fluffed out character that at the same time managed to provide insight into what makes him tick and keep the largest part of himself secret as to create an enigmatic persona that the reader would want to get to know better.
The narrator Carolyn McCormick was stupendous in her narrating and never grating as some narrators can be at times.
The story is fast paced and intriguing leaving the reader guessing most of the time and the author does a stunning job of distracting the reader from the true facts by exploring the all too human side of the characters in depth. This however is never overdone and does not become tedious.
Gretchen is a villain I found both interesting and repulsive. It was an interesting story. I read the 2nd book first and it was good enough to get me to buy the 1st and 4th book on audible.
Part of the reason I decided to go for the 2nd book was the narrator. McCormick does a good job. I enjoyed listening to her.
Entertaining book if you like serial killer genre.
It was a lot of rehash from previous book. I got a little weary of the demented relationship between Gretchen & Archie. It was just OK.
This book might well be the most grisly, frightening, and yes---terrifying mysteries I've read in a long time. I'm a huge Stephen King fan and never thought I could be shaken up beyond anything he's written. But this book scared the heck out of me. Often I had to turn it off just because I couldn't listen to more grim details. The story is fascinating and certainly not like anything else I've read. And the narrator is just wonderful! There was seldom a time when I didn't know who was speaking, even though many of the lesser "cop" characters pretty much could be mistaken for one another. I guess the degree of sickness on the part of this serial killer is just this side of Hannibal Lechter, but because he is so "normal", he frightened me even more. I would definitely read more books by this author and this narrator. Be prepared to be scared!
This is a case of the book being let down by the narrator. There is a flatness to the narration which is irritating enough to detract from this gripping (at times sickeningly so) thriller. The dialogue was better done, but in 3rd person narration her voice didn't modulate when it should and it didn't allow you to lose yourself in the story when you should have been able to. I'll be avoiding this narrator though not the author who went places in her study of the psychology of evil which makes me wonder how she sleeps at nights!
Excellent Book, captivating. Chelsia Cain was a wonderful narrator. The story line was surpurb, I found myself captivated by the serial killers mind. I will listen to this book again. The characters were excellent. Many Heart stopping moments.