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!
A well paced and absorbing book, and confronting in the details of the torture suffered by the lead detective at the hands of the deeply disturbed female serial killer, it avoids gratuitous gore by evoking the horror of the experience rather than depicting every gruesome detail (but it's still pretty tough). The dialogue is clever and convincing, the central characters have some depth, and the story draws you in. For some reason the author insists on describing every item of dress of every character, which seems pointless, but otherwise the writing is crisp and entertaining. The narration of this audiobook is excellent; just be ready for lots of colourful language.
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.