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, but instead of killing him,
she mysteriously decided to let him go. She turned herself in, and
now Gretchen has been locked away for the rest of her life, while
Archie is in a 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. Archie's a different person, his
estranged wife says, and he knows she's right. He continues to
visit Gretchen in prison once a week, saying that only he can get
her to confess as to the whereabouts of more of her victims, but
even he knows the truth---he can't stay away.
When another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the streets
of Portland, Archie has to pull himself together enough to lead the
new task force investigating the murders. A hungry young newspaper
reporter, Susan Ward, begins profiling Archie and the
investigation, which sparks a deadly game between Archie, Susan,
the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and
maybe somehow then Archie can free himself from Gretchen, once and
for all. Either way, HEARTSICK makes for one of the most
extraordinary suspense debuts in recent memory.
HEARTSICK © Copyright 2011 by Chelsea Cain. Reprinted with
permission by St. Martin's Minotaur. All rights reserved.