Saturday, June 28, 2008


Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain ~ (ARC for review)

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. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of Archie and Gretchen was left unfinished, and now Chelsea Cain picks up the tale again.

When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland’s Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer’s first victim, and Archie’s first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's—she’s in prison—but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case. Trouble is, Archie can't focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison.

Archie hadn't seen her in two months; he'd moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, he's relieved. He knows he's the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all.

Chelsea Cain has topped her own bestselling debut thriller with this unputdownable, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat read. (From Amazon)

Heartsick was so amazing, I never thought anything could top it! But Chelsea Cain has done it again and then some. Archie, Henry and Gretchen are back for another game of cat and mouse. While fighting is addiction to both Grethen and Vicodin Archie, Henry and news reporter Susan are trying to solve the murder of three bodies found in the woods as well as the death of a friend of Susans and a Senator. You would think that Archie's sick obsession and need for Gretchen has abated because he hasn't seen her in months, but it's only gotten worse. And one trip back to the prison is all it takes to throw him deeper into her clutches. For some reason she has this sick hold over him - and when she escapes from prison, he thinks he is the only one who can bring her in. Not caring if he lives or dies, Archie will go to any length to end this game with Gretchen once and for all. But will Archie take it too far? Will Gretchen finally be out of his life and more importantly his head for good??? You will not be able to put this book down. I started it at 7pm and finished it just before 11. Way past my bedtime - but well worth staying up for.


Hillary said...

This sounds interesting. I will look out for it when it comes out.

pinkcypress said...

I loved Heartsick!! I can't wait to read this one.

Becky LeJeune said...

Ooh, I cannot wait to read this one!

lorisreadingcorner said...

OMG - it was fantastic!!!!! I read it in 4 1/2 hrs. I'll post my review tomorrow :)

Teddy Rose said...

Great review Lori! I added a link to your review on The ARC Challenge site on my blog.

Your doing great in the challenge!

Teddy Rose said...


bookfool said...

I'm so looking forward to this one. I noticed that someone over on LibraryThing had it listed as an ARC they had received, so I thought, "What the heck" and emailed the publisher. Even though my blog is still an itty bitty baby blog, I included the URL. I didn't hear anything from them, until 4 days later when I had a UPS 2nd day air package with...tada....Sweetheart! Can't wait to get to it...its next after I finish In the Wood by Tana French. (Another I took a chance on, I emailed her direct and she had her publicist send me a copy.)

Who knew it could be so easy to score freebies! (I love your blog, I'm going to figure out how to do the blogroll thing this week)

bookfool said...

After you commented my blog about Heartsick and mentioned that you had the ARC of Sweetheart, I sent an email to Chelsea Cain and her publisher and scored a copy for myself. So a big..THANK YOU!! Sadly it keeps staying at the "next one to be read" on the stack. Replaced by others, I gotta get my newest librarything ER out of the way and then I can't wait to read it!