Heartsick (Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Book 1)


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Please try again later. I was so excited when a book flashed up from Chelsea Cain for pre order that I felt like a kid at Christmas but I so was disappointed it wasn't the continuation of their story but a whole other series. I am pleading with Chelsea Cain to bring Archie and Gretchen back into our lives and hearts asap! I own them on in book form as well as kindle versions and they will never be deleted from the kindle as they are books I can read and re read without every loosing the magic. A Kick Lannigan Novel was good but not a patch on your previous books.

I have had long and in depth discussions with my friends regarding this and our local Book Club so Im by far not alone in this wish! I am not into bloody, gory, serial killer novels, with the exception of Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter - a real favorite of mine, although I wouldn't want to have lunch with him! However, author Chelsea Cain has come up with a new take on the genre. Her psychopath is a woman, Gretchen Lowell, and an extremely beautiful, brilliant woman at that. We don't hear about many female serial killers, and that may be partly because women aren't as prone to commit this type of crime as men.

Criminologist, Eric Hickey, has assembled the most extensive database on demography of serial murder. Detective Archie Sheridan is a hero in Portland, Oregon. Sheridan headed the so-called "Beauty Killer Task Force," and solved the case two years before the novel begins. It was proved, in a court of law, that Gretchen Lowell was responsible for the deaths of 26 victims.

She claims she has murdered over people, brutally torturing each one first. She has no profile and is an equal opportunity killer - blacks, whites, Hispanics, young, old, men, women - it doesn't matter. However, she does not victimize children. She is called "The Beauty Killer," not because she is beautiful, but because when the medical examiner was asked to categorize the condition of the first of many corpses, he whistled and said, "It's a beauty!

He is positively "tickled" by Gretchen's original work. It is just a coincidence that she's a "looker. He was also Gretchen's last victim.

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The FBI profiler was sure the killer was a man, an opinion which almost cost Sheridan his life. Lowell, posing as a psychiatrist, she was an operating room nurse, in actuality , insinuated herself into the task force by claiming that she gave up her practice to write a book about the killings. She is clever enough to have created a portfolio of credible information which could be backed up when investigated. She told members of the team that she read about the gruesome murders and believed she could be of help.

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The case had been hell for the detectives, and Lowell "believed" she could talk with them - not counsel - just talk to ease their anxiety. They had been working on the case for ten years and their lack of success was really getting to all of them - all the dead, mutilated bodies, all the grieving, traumatized families waiting for closure, all the dead ends.

One afternoon, two years before, Archie visited Lowell in her office. His supposed colleague gave him coffee with milk, sugar and drugs. When he awakened he was strapped to a gurney in a basement, outfitted like an operating room, with medical-looking machinery, and a drain on the cement floor. His captor cooed in his ear, "Whatever you think this is going to be like, it's going to be worse.

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His spleen was removed without the benefit of anesthetics, nails were hammered into his rib cage, he was given enough drugs, when he wasn't being physically tortured, to become addicted to an impressive cocktail of medication - uppers, downers, you name it. His tormentor doodled on his chest with a scalpel, including a drawing of her signature, a heart However, Gretchen did something different with Archie than she had done with other victims. She allowed him to live for 10 days, although he longed for death.

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She only gave her other victims 3 days before she mercifully killed them. When Archie began to die, she called , reported the situation and asked for immediate medical attention.

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Then she turned herself in to the police. Archie lives, but after an extensive stay in the hospital, he is placed on long-term medical leave. He is too damaged psychologically to maintain his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, although he loves her and adores their two sons.

The couple finally decide to separate. However the worst after effect of his kidnapping and torture is his compulsion to visit Gretchen Lowell in jail every Sunday. His excuse for these weekly visits is that she occasionally divulges another victim's name and place of burial. Her only condition for these revelations is that Archie maintain these weekly visits - thus she continues to exert control over him. Worse still, he is drawn to her sexually. His problem is perhaps a version of the Stockholm Syndrome, "a psychological response sometimes seen in abducted hostages, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger or risk in which they have been placed.

The plot of "Heartsick" involves a series of murders occurring in Portland, Oregon. Someone is killing and raping teenage girls. Gretchen Lowell does have a role here also, although she is in prison. The police reconvene the "Beauty Killer" task force and Archie is asked to come out of "temporary" retirement to be lead detective on the case. Although he maintains a professional demeanor, he is dysfunctional. To look at him, to work with him, no one would know. Kelly rated it really liked it Jan 07, Cheri rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Stephanie Winters rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Anna rated it liked it Feb 18, Jennifer Brown rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Samantha rated it it was amazing Nov 15, L rated it really liked it May 20, Michael rated it really liked it Nov 19, Belinda Friedland rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Cindy Hauert rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Gillian rated it really liked it Jan 04, Jenny rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Petra rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Chana Gheblikian rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Lori rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Mandy rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Marilyn rated it it was amazing Apr 12, Janine Fordham rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Michele rated it it was amazing Mar 18, Tony Mix rated it it was amazing Nov 12, Becky Dozier rated it it was amazing Aug 30, Courtney Sermone rated it it was amazing Sep 14, Felicia rated it really liked it Mar 22, Marea rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Hunt rated it really liked it Sep 30, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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