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  • ISBN 1250004128
  • ISBN13 978-1250004123
  • Language English
  • Author Chelsea Cain
  • Publisher St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 29, 2011)
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  • Category Mystery and Suspense
  • Subcategory Thrillers and Suspense
  • Size ePub 1827 kb
  • Size Fb2 1109 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 829

Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she's more of a cause célèbre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre fan club which celebrates the number of days she's been free…

Archie Sheridan hunted Gretchen for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, he remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a détente of sorts―Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen's trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Is the Beauty Killer back―or has the cult surrounding her created a whole new evil?


Admittedly, as a Portlander I have a bias for Cain's Archie Sheridan, Gretchen Lowell series: the references to local landmarks and thinly veiled allusions to real personalities make the books give us locals an added "in" to the story.

Admittedly, as a Portlander I have a bias for Cain's Archie Sheridan, Gretchen Lowell series: the references to local landmarks and thinly veiled allusions to real personalities make the books give us locals an added "in" to the story. Not so with Evil at Heart.

Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful .

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 Life. Heartsick is my kind of book its very dark and its extremely disturbing.

Evil at Heart is the third book by Chelsea Cain that showcases the barely forty year old homicide detective Archie Sheridan who fell victim to serial killer Gretchen Lowell. For two years Gretchen has been Archie’s everything. She has been in his thoughts, much like a drug that he craves everyday even though he knows if he has her, she will be the death of him. She almost killed him once, by holding him captive for ten days and torturing him in the worst ways imaginable to the human mind

EVIL AT HEART Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose, and is developing her own bizarre kind of fan club. When Archie and Gretchen last spoke, he agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else.

EVIL AT HEART Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose, and is developing her own bizarre kind of fan club. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen's trademark heart, all bets are off. THE NIGHT SEASON Heavy rains have flooded Portland's Willamette River, and several people have drowned in the rising waters. And then the medical examiner discovers that four of the drownings were actually murders.

Archie Sheridan? the state cop asked. He stepped forward, his black boots slapping through the puddle. Archie had run the task force that had hunted Gretchen. It had made him the most famous cop in the state. Archie had now had two run-ins with Gretchen Lowell, each of which had left him near death. He was addicted to painkillers. She’d done a number on his psyche.

Evil at Heart is Chelsea Cain’s third novel featuring the beautiful serial killer Gretchen Lowell, and the detective she kidnapped and tortured, Archie Sheridan. Both Heartsick and Sweetheart were listed in Stephen King's Top Ten Books of the Year in Entertainment Weekly. Chelsea lived the first few years of her life on an Iowa commune, then grew up in Bellingham, WA, where the infamous Green River killer was "the boogieman" of her youth. The true story of the Green River killer's capture was the inspiration for the story of Gretchen and Archie. Cain lives in Portland with her husband and daughter.

The Getaway by spaceboy. An encounter with a serial bomber leaves Henry dead, Susan hospitalized, and Archie ready to walk away from everything

The Getaway by spaceboy. Fandoms: Gretchen Lowell Series - Chelsea Cain, Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Series - Chelsea Cain. Graphic Depictions Of Violence. An encounter with a serial bomber leaves Henry dead, Susan hospitalized, and Archie ready to walk away from everything.

Talk about Evil at Heart: A Thriller (Archie Sheridan Gretchen Lowell)


Joni_Dep
Okay, the storyline of this book was weird. I don’t even really want to talk about it because I’m not sure what to say. It was just…odd. I finished this book unsure of what I had read and spent a significant amount of time contemplating it before I gave up trying to figure out what on Earth inspired Cain to write this. I mean, it fit with the disturbing serial killer theme. But other than that…yeah, I don’t know.

It also felt like this one was just a setup to catch Gretchen again as opposed having a lot of substance on its own. It does set up some new recurring characters that are fairly important for the subsequent books, but of course, I didn’t know that when I actually reading this. I was left very lost and confused.

It was nice to see that Archie has somewhat reasonably recovered from his suicidal breakdown in the previous book, and I did find his developing paranoia over Gretchen’s influence in his life to be pretty believable. His development is well handled in this installment.

Gretchen is in the periphery of this book a lot, which I found a very interesting tactic. Instead of being in the spotlight literally, the idea of her is in the spotlight. Society has used Gretchen’s infamy to integrate her into pop culture, which is a disturbing enough concept by itself, but it’s made even more disturbing by the fact that she’s almost idolized. She’s a beautiful killer, and that’s rare, so people are fascinated by her. Cain presents a reasonably fair critique of society using Gretchen as a mode of interest and intrigue.

However, I will say she took it over the top at times. Like in the previous book, there were several things I had a hard time buying into. Moderation and balance, like I mentioned last time, are key.
OwerSpeed
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series but the third book is getting tiresome. Especially with respect to Gretchen's superhuman ability to charm EVERY person she ever meets. I just don't buy that at all. I can understand that a guard, posted to watch her every day for more than 2 years, could eventually be persuaded to help her. But a deputy that has only been in the transport van with her for 15 minutes? Suddenly he'd kill for her and help her escape? Why? And the orderly at the hospital where Archie is trying to recover from his addiction? Per the timeline Archie has only been in the facility 2 months, at most. So how is Gretchen able to convince the orderly to spy on Archie, kill an innocent teen and cut out her eyeballs, and then KILL HIMSELF???!!!

Is she some sort of vampire? A witch with the powers of hypnosis? I just don't get it, and it's the only irritating part of the series but it's EXTREMELY irritating. It was really a good plot twist in the first book: "OMG! She has a partner!". Now every third person introduced in the book is secretly a servant of Gretchen Lowell.

Sorry, this plot device is overused and just not believable anymore. You end up spending more time playing "Spot the mole" than following the actual mystery.
Gelgen
Admittedly, as a Portlander I have a bias for Cain's Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell series: the references to local landmarks and thinly veiled allusions to real personalities make the books give us locals an added "in" to the story. Her previous books (Heartsick,Kill You Twice: An Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell Novel) are good, but have been a bit confused as to whether they are "mysteries" or "thrillers" and so I have given her mediocre reviews. Not so with _Evil at Heart._

Indeed, Cain has finally hit her stride, and in this installment in the series, walks solidly on the "thriller" side of the genre. Picking up where _Kill You Twice_ left off, femme fatale serial killer Gretchn Lowell is abroad, her tentative brargain with the mentally (and physically) scarred detective Archile Sheridan - that Lowell would not kill anymore - apparently broken. Mutilated bodies begin showing up around Portland, their eyes carved out of their skulls. Further michief is added with a new growth industry: murder tours that visit the sites of Lowell's previous grisly murders, fan websites and any number of t-shirts, mugs, keychains or other trinkets celebrating the macabre seductress. Are the new murders indeed the work of Lowell, or are they copy-cat crimes? And what role does the press play in celebritizing a serial killer? These questions (from the persepctive of Sheridan in law enforcement, and from perspective of Susan Ward, a local newspaper reporter) drive the plot. Its conclusion is as grisly and explicit as it is suprising. I was pleased.

Beyond great story telling, there is another primary character, Portland. I love my city; from its seedy strip bars to its affluent west hills, I wouldn't choose to live anywhere else. Clearly Cain feels the same way, fondly writing, "Everything in Portland wasin an old something. The task force officers were in an old bank. You could get a burger and see a movie in an old elementary school. Even the old Henry Weinhard's brewery downtown had been turned into green certified condos. Everything was repurposed. Portalanders loved to recycle." And later, "From the Earth to the Moon was on Hawthorne Boulevard in between a coffee shop and a free-trade store. Susan knew the place. It had been there are about a year, replacing a Goth store, which had replaced a head shop. If you had a subculture, Portland has a store for you."

For those who know the city, this is a five-star book. For the rest of readers, this is Cain's best work so far - a brutal, graphic story, whose characters are twisted and scarred, as is the voyeuristic public who cannot seem to get enough gore or get close enough to a psychopathic serial killer. Its a quick and entertaining book, but one I recommend. Perfect for a cold winter's read.
Gaua
I read Evil at Heart over the course of a few days, which is incredible because I had to keep putting it down so that I could catch my breath before turning the page. Chelsea Cain takes us through more turmoil as Archie stumbles across a Gretchen Lowell fan club that is haunting Beauty Killer crime scenes. The fan club isn't the only group of people who has lost their minds, though. Folks looking to make a quick buck are also peddling t-shirts, coffee cups and keychains in Gretchen's honor. Even Susan gets caught up in the whirlwind media frenzy.

This book was chilling, uncomfortable, and superbly executed. As I read it, I'd give my husband "Don't go in there" looks over the edges of the page before diving back into the story. Certainly a book to read with all of the lights on.