Friday, October 24, 2008

170 - Sweetheart; Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain's earlier book Heartsick, introduced us to the pill popping, Portland cop Archie Sheridan, and serial killer Gretchen Lowell, who murdered over 200 people. Her latest book, Sweetheart, continues the characters created in the first book. This review is based on the audio version which has a great reader.

This story, #2 of what I suspect will be a trilogy, takes place two months after the last story ended. Archie Sheridan, is still a physical and mental mess. He finds his marriage and family life on the rocks, and he is back investigating what could be a new serial killer, with 3 bodies found in a local park.

In this book we learn how Gretchen and Archie’s relationship began. There are a few sub-plots within the serial killer story, however, the author does a good job of blending the stories.

Sweetheart is fast paced and has the same characters as the previous book and a few new ones. The author does a good job of bringing the reader up to speed in case they have not read the first book. This book can be read alone, but I would recommend reading Heartsick first. A word of caution...........you should beware of the fact that there is a lot of graphic violence and profanity in both of these books.

RATING - 4/5 - COMPLETED - 10/24/08



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