Format: Hardcover, 336pp (September 4, 2007)
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
I came across this one while browsing online the other day and I'm still thinking about it. I guess that means I'm going to have to read it. Chelsea Cain is the author of a weekly column in The Oregonian and this is the first in a series. Rights to the novel have already been sold to fifteen different countries which I find amazing. It looks as if Heartsick and Chelsea Cain are on the brink of international stardom. Check out her webpage and read a little bit more about the book.
Plus when Chuck Palahniuk says this it has to be good. “With Gretchen Lowell, Chelsea Cain gives us the most compelling, most original serial killer since Hannibal Lecter.”
From the Publisher:
Portland Detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she caught him. Gretchen kidnapped Archie and tortured him for ten days, then she released him and turned herself in. Now Gretchen is locked away, while Archie is in a prison of another kind—addicted to painkillers, and powerless to erase those ten days from his mind. He visits Gretchen in prison once a week, saying he wants her to confess the whereabouts of more of her victims, but even he knows that the truth is he just can’t stay away.
When another killer begins snatching teenage girls, Archie knows that he has to pull himself together and investigate the murders. Newspaper reporter Susan Ward begins following Archie’s investigation, sparking a deadly game between Archie, Susan, the new killer, and even Gretchen. They need to catch a killer, and maybe somehow Archie can now free himself from Gretchen once and for all. Original, addictive, and profoundly disturbing, Heartsick heralds the arrival of a major new star.