Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
I fell in love with Archie Sheridan and his obsessive disorder with the Serial Killer Grethen Lowell in Chelsea Cain’s first book Heartsick. Sweet heart, Cain’s second installment was a little less nail-biting but still carried me all the way to the end with its sometimes predictable events. I totally loved the reporter Susan Wards active presence in the second novel. So when Evil at heart came around I was thrilled to have both Archie and Sheridan resuming active roles in Cain’s third installment.
With Evil at Heart the reader continues to follow Detective Archie Sheridan’s dangerous and obsessive ways only this time from inside the walls of a mental ward. He is in hiding. He feels safe here. And he believed Gretchen when she promised she wouldn’t kill (from book two) anymore.
So when Archie’s partner Henry arrives on the scene of a disgusting ‘betrayal’ with red hearts all over the bathroom walls, everyone knows that The Beauty Killer has struck again. Only Susan Ward, reporter and friend of Archie, has the strong belief that something else is amiss. Is Gretchen trying to get back in the game or is all the red hearts and new and fresh deaths from a growing number of Beauty Killer admirers?
Archie is egged on and harassed inside the mental ward and finally when someone he shows ‘consideration’ for is brutally murdered right down the hall from him and then moments later receives a phone call from Gretchen Lowell herself, Archie is propelled out the doors and is battling to find the Beauty Killer before she can strike again. Continue reading
By: Chevy Stevens
Hardcover, 352 pages
In one moment, Anne O’Sullivan, a 32-yr old real estate agent, finds her life forever changed when she is abducted from an open house she is hosting. The reader doesn’t come in on this scene. Instead, we get to read as her experience is told to her therapist one session at a time.
Her life before the event was similar to the everyday normalcies of life, sprinkled with shadows of a horrific event in which her father and sister were killed in an automobile accident when she was just a child leaving her mother and herself to continue on with their lives.
On the day she is abducted, her often irritating mother, a nice boyfriend who is sometimes too understanding, a beautiful house, an amazing best friend, and a perfect dog are all ripped away from her. Her captive who she calls The Freak during her sessions imposes humiliating rules that she must follow or be beaten, denied the basic necessities, and often even worse ordeals. Over the course of a year, she endures the Freak’s confusing and chilling personalities and suffers over and over at the hands of the monster.
She tells her therapist that she understands that Stockholm syndrome kicked in. She even admits that she found him ‘interesting and articulate.” This infuriates her and she screams “How could I ever tell anyone he made me laugh?” Anne tells her story with a coolness, and often a very Continue reading
“Chelsea Cain calls forth another thriller featuring the notorious serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Cain has laced this series with an intoxicating substance; one which will have you coming back again and again.”
He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. “I need to take a shower,” he said.
“It’s down the hall,” she said. “Second door on the left. You’ll find everything you need.”
“My sanity?” he said.
She leaned forward as if to kiss him, but instead put her lips next to his ear, her cheek millimeters from his. The smell of her made him dizzy. Her breath was warm but sent a cold shiver down his spine.
“Long gone, darling,” she whispered. Continue reading