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Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years ago, Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, and then mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and now Gretchen has been locked away, while Archie is in prison of another kind-- addicted to pain pills, unable to return to his old life, powerless to get those ten horrific days off his mind. He continues to visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get her to reveal the whereabouts of more of her victims.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010, c2007.
Edition: 1st Minotaur Books pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780312657819
Branch Call Number: CAIN C
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Heart sick


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Apr 29, 2019

i had liked the fact that while the main story is happening we get to read clips of it was like when Archi was trapped in Gretchen's basement, you can really feel his pain and his want of death.

Feb 18, 2019

I didn't really want to read a thriller, but once I started it, I enjoyed the way the story was written so much that I just kept reading, and then I had to know how it turned out. Probably won't read the sequels cuz I didn't like the psycho portions.

Nov 15, 2017

I give this 5 stars! A great read, one I could not put down. I have read this and the second in the series, which was equally as good and am now on the 3rd. Great characters, easy read and a very twisted and evil villain.

Dec 13, 2016

**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. Gretchen Lowell, beautiful, seductive and as creepy as hell, a serial killer extreme torturer, who tortured her last victim -Detective Archie Sheridan and after 10 days decided to turn herself in and save him.

He's not a perfect protagonist, he's got principles, but he's also addicted to Vicodin for the pain, his marriage is a shambles...and he visits Gretchen every Sunday in the maximum security prison.

Great read, not for everyone, but I sure enjoyed this thriller.

Feb 25, 2016

I did not like this book at all. with 30 pages to go I almost gave up. But I did finish it and I am SO glad I did.

Plot, brutally boring and dull in terms of the current unknown killer through the book. The flashbacks to Archie and Gretchen were the best parts and really stood out from the rest of the book.

Characters, Archie and Susan were great, not much development but still strong. Everyone else boring and forgettable. Yawn.

Gretchen is the most insanely creepy serial killer I've read. Cringe worthy and spine tingling and every other twisted adjective are completely deserved. Really enjoyed all her scenes.
It really wasn't until the second last chapter that everything picked up which was a great lead into the second book.

Marlowe Jan 09, 2016

The first installment in Cain's Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, this is a solid detective thriller. Cain offers the classic serial killer vs. time hardened detective, with enough background events to complicate things. The necessary side kick is found in a female newspaper writer, and of course drama ensues. A quick, entertaining, but often gruesome read.

Dec 02, 2015

Book 1

Sep 06, 2015

Decent book. A very easy read. Enjoyed it. Most of the book wasn't THAT graphic. A few pages might rattle a tender heart. Recommended.

Aug 24, 2014

I decided to read this book series since I heard they might be making a tv series out of it. A great book it draws you in. Gretchen is the female verison of Dexter

Apr 14, 2013

Love thrillers and this one didn't disappoint. Just could not put the book down.

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