St. Martin's Paperbacks, Mass Market Paperback, 9780312572617, 352pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful and brutal serial killer. In the end, she was the one who caught him…and tortured him…and then let him go. Why did Gretchen spare Archie’s life and then turn herself in? This is the question that keeps him up all night—and the reason why he has visited Gretchen in prison every week since.
Meanwhile, another series of murders is tearing up the Portland streets. Archie seems to be getting closer to solving this high-profile case…until he finds himself in a fatal collision course with the killer—one that inevitably leads him back to his former captor. Gretchen may be the only one who can help do justice. The only thing she can’t do, this time, is save Archie’s life.
Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Season, Evil at Heart, and Sweetheart. 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.
“DYNAMITE…ONE OF THE MOST SEDUCTIVE AND ORIGINAL PSYCHOPATHS since Hannibal Lecter.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Suspenseful…plenty of grisly surprises.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A novel you CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS.”—USA Today
“Completely entrancing…totally original...UTTERLY UNFORGETTABLE.”—Dominick Dunne
“HEARTSICK HAS IT ALL: a tortured cop, a fearless and quirky heroine, and what may be the creepiest serial killer ever created. AN ADDICTIVE READ!” —Tess Gerritsen
“OUTSTANDING.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)