Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (Book Review #157)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 07/02/18

My 13th book this year)

Archie Sheridan, detective on the “Beauty Serial Killer” case for almost a decade was captured and tortured for 10 days by hers truly, Gretchen. Brutal, violent, twisted, she is great at psychological destruction. She changes her mind, instead of killing him like all the others, she calls 911 and turns herself in, to save his life.

Archie is so mentally broken that he can’t just let go. She still holds control over him from prison as she makes a deal to give up names and locations of other bodies, only if Archie comes to see her. 200 bodies. If they want to uncover them, then Archie must hold himself together, see her again and remain mentally stable.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Gripping, compelling and totally twisted read. One of the more detailed and gory reads of this category. Extremely disturbed killer who happens to be a beauty. Using this to her advantage, manipulating her “lovers” to help her commit these horrendous murders. She enjoys the torture and enjoys the slow deaths even more.

Archie is still disturbed by his 10 day imprisonment, yet he is asked to come back onto the team to help uncover another serial killer. It just didn’t seem plausible when we se events through his eyes. He is no longer mentally stable. I would have preferred to find out more about Archie at a much earlier stage in this book.

Otherwise this book was absolutely thrilling. I desperately wanted to know what happened when Archie was in Gretchen’s hands. Beyond twisted. Made me wonder whether this kind of killer exists in our real world. How scary would that be? The relief in remembering this book was fictional, a big deep breath is taken at this realisation. No such killer is out there.

I would definitely recommend this author and book to other readers. Great read, I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.

Written by Ling Lee (07/02/18).

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