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Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain Well Done! With Heartsick, Chelsea Cain took the crime world by storm, introducing two of the most compelling characters in decades: serial killer Gretchen Lowell and her obsessed pursuer Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews around the world. But the riveting story of Archie and Gretchen was left unfinished, and now Chelsea Cain picks up the tale again. When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland’s Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer’s first victim, and Archie’s first case. This body cant be one of Gretchens—she’s in prison—but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead womans identity, it turns into another big case. Trouble is, Archie cant focus on the new investigation because the Beauty Killer case has exploded: Gretchen Lowell has escaped from prison. Archie hadnt seen her in two months; hed moved back in with his family and sworn off visiting her. Though it should feel like progress, he actually feels worse. The news of her escape spreads like wildfire, but secretly, hes relieved. He knows hes the only one who can catch her, and in fact, he has a plan to get out from under her thumb once and for all. Chelsea Cain has topped her own bestselling debut thriller with this unputdownable, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat read. Sequels have to be the hardest kind of stories to write. Theres so much to overcome. Theres the been there, done that aspect of the interplay between the characters. Theres having to repeat much of the backstory, so that the book can stand alone.......good luck making THAT interesting. Theres knowing that readers of the first novel will be split between those who want story continuity and those who crave novelty. And theres twice the pressure to finish it quickly. I believe one has to take these very elemental issues into account when reviewing a sequel. Sweetheart was a solid read, well imagined and executed, given the above constraints. Sure, I skimmed occasionally,during the requisite back-story infodumps and revisited character development, but then, I ALWAYS do. I wont bore you with story details, as there is already too much of that in the previous reviews. Suffice to say that I read this book with relish and was never disappointed. Cain has a quirky sense of humor that shows itself at all the right times, a natural story tellers feel for timing, and a knack for putting the reader in the scene. Final note, (and a review all of its own), my wife hugged this book every time she picked it up. :-) For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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