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  • Jul 9, 2009
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Connected by a strange and pathological obsession, the cop and the woman known as the Beauty Killer are in another cat-and-mouse game in Sweetheart, the sequel to Chelsea Cain's Heartsick.

Is Archie Sheridan (the cop) hoping to finally capture Gretchen Lowell (the killer), when she escapes from captivity? Or is his compulsion related more to his twisted desire for her? Are they like two halves of the same soul? Are they destined to end up together, speeding toward some unimaginable hell?

These questions and more propel this story, while on other paths, detectives are trying to solve murders that are seemingly linked to a politically corrupt senator, who is rumored to have bedded his children's babysitter when she was only fourteen. And now unidentified dead bodies are popping up in parks, all of them connected to this same senator.

Susan Ward, the reporter hoping to break the fascinating story, becomes embroiled with the detectives in putting the pieces together, while also searching for Archie and Gretchen, who have disappeared.

Now that's all I'm giving you, lest I spoil your fun.

Just like in the previous novel, I was biting my nails and flipping pages, reading late into the night. But now that I've turned the last page, and I know there's still another book in this series, I think I'm exhausted. Too much. I'm done.

So while this tale is just as dizzying and fast paced as the previous one, there were some confusing elements that probably mean I have to read it again, to sort everything out. In the end, the author tied things up so quickly, that it felt—well, anti-climactic.

Thus...four stars.

Laurel-Rain Snow
Author of: Web of Tyranny, etc.
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August 06, 2010
Another great review, RAINY DAY, as we expect from you.
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review by . April 04, 2009
SweetHeart continues the story of the twisted relationship between Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan that began in HeartSick. Once again Archie is chasing after another killer and there are many twists and turns in this novel that I don't want to give away, but suffice it to say that Archie and Gretchen eventually take their relationship to a new, sick, twisted level. In the meantime, another murder mystery is in the works and as it unravels it involves some people in very high positions, making …
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A retired social worker, specializing in child welfare services, I have brought my professional and personal experiences to my five novels and assorted short stories.      On Amazon.com, … more
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Starred Review. In Cain's superb follow-up to Heartsick, damaged detective Archie Sheridan is back home in Portland, Ore., trying to resume a normal life. Archie's ties to serial killer Gretchen Lowell still run deep, even if he's stopped their weekly visits in prison. Meanwhile, reporter Susan Ward is finishing an article accusing a beloved U.S. senator of seducing his children's 14-year-old babysitter a decade earlier. When three bodies are discovered in a local park—where Archie's team found Gretchen's first victim 12 years earlier—Archie worries another serial killer is at large. After the senator's unexpected death, Susan discovers links between the sex scandal and the bodies in the park. When Gretchen escapes from prison, Archie knows he's the only one who can stop her from killing. In Cain's capable hands, Gretchen is both a monster and the only person who truly understands Archie's pain. With its brisk pacing, carefully metered violence and tortured hero, Cain's sophomore effort will leave readers desperate for more. 200,000 first printing. (Sept.)
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ISBN-10: 031236847X (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780312368470 (hbk.)
Author: Chelsea Cain
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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