Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

I hope you haven’t been wondering where I am like I have.  I barely know what DAY IT IS let alone when was the last time I posted.  Was it Sunday?  OH WAIT. It was Saturday.  See?  I don’t know anything anymore!!  SHEESH. It is a miracle I put my HEAD ON straight today.

So, yeah, I totally meant to post this review yesterday, but work has been kicking my you-know-what and by the time I got home I was pooped!  I spent a few hours working on my NaNo novel (I’m up to 9200 words, behind, I know, but still. Yay! And I think I MIGHT actually LIKE WHAT I AM WRITING. I know, what???) and went to bed.  So now, here it is, my review of Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.  Sorry it’s late. 🙂

Written by Chelsea Cain
Narrated by Carolyn McCormick
Published by Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (September 4, 2007)
Length: 11 hours 1 minute

So, yeah, if you’ve been following me for awhile, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, Heather doesn’t usually read these kind of books!”  And you would be right!!  I don’t!  But don’t you ever see a certain book that others are reading and loving and it’s not in your comfort zone, but you’re still all, what is so great about that book?  What am I missing?  cause I do!  And in this case, it was Chelsea Cain.

When Jenn at Jenn’s Bookshelves insisted that I would like it, I decided to give it a go.  It helped tremendously that I was about to download it for free from my library (I <3 my library! and Overdrive!)  and gave it a listen.

I’m so glad I listened to Jenn.  She’s a smart cookie.

So, yeah, Heartsick is about a seriously sick and twisted serial killer (well, two actually) and the smart, yet also slightly sick and twisted cop who takes them down.  Now, Archie Sheridan wasn’t always kinda sick and twisted.  You see, the Beauty Killer serial killer Gretchen Lowell made him her last victim.  And she MESSED. HIM. UP. Two years later, Archie is still acting the victim.  He’s on leave from the force.  He has divorced his wife and rarely sees his kids. He practically has a pharmacy in his medicine cabinet and he is OBSESSED with Gretchen.  I think it’s called Stockholm Syndrome?  Dude has it in spades.   But now, there is a new killer on the loose, targeting teenage girls, and the force wants Archie back to head up the new task force to take this guy down.  Helping him is Susan Ward, an ambitious, pink-haired wanna be rockstar of the newspaper world who is doing a major feature on him.  Now let me tell you, I couldn’t help but like Archie, despite his…problems, and I adored Susan.  She kicks it man. Kicks. It.

Heartsick was narrated by Carolyn McCormick whom I believe is an actress on Law & Order.  I’ve never watched L&O, but I think I read that somewhere.  I know her best as the reader who read The Hunger Games, so at first I had a hard time separating her voice from Katniss and giving it over to this new and completely different story.  Once I did, I really enjoyed her reading.  I think she does a great job of making each character have a distinct voice and she is especially chilling as Gretchen.

Dude, I can’t wait to get my hands on Sweetheart.

Also by Chelsea Cain

Sweetheart | Evil at Heart

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17 thoughts on “Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

  1. Wow! you're absolutely right. I'm stunned that you A) read this and B) liked it. I loved it – seriously twisted stuff, though. I've got Sweetheart on my shelf and will probably be reading it soon (thanks to the Clear Your Shelves Challenge).

    and yes, Carolyn McCormack played a psychiatrist on Law and Order.
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  2. Well, at first I didn't think this book was going to be about anything like it is. I have to say, I'm about to be in the market for a new audiobook, so I'm going to look for this one. (Our library has downloads, by the way, but they stupidly (in my own opinion!) went with a system that is NOT compatible with ipods! What the heck were they thinking? It's the most used system around, I am nearly certain.) But I digress… This one sounds well worth my exercising time, which is when I do audiobooks. (That, and since we have a new car with a line feed to mp3 players, I now listen sometimes in the car, which is quite fun.

    Anyway, besides liking the sounds of this one, I also am enjoying reading what you've read this year, including all the Betsy-Tacy books, which I love, love, love. I re-read them all the time, especially the high school ones. Maybe I posted on here before about that!

    I just finished a memoir, "Here is You Need Me," about a woman who becomes a Unitarian minister and also works as a chaplain for search and rescue in Maine. Quite interesting. And I breezed through Dan Brown's latest, "Lost Symbol," which actually took me on a detour into science and the power of the mind. (And that's way more interesting than the book itself!) One of the main characters is into Noetic Science and the belief in the power of group thought. Brown bases a lot of this on a woman named Lynne McTaggart, and her book "The Intention Experiment," on the power of intention. Check it out on her web site — very interesting stuff — and you can see how the Lost Symbol book is based on real science, all described in her book. (I think stuff like that is fascinating.)

    And then, for something COMPLETELY different, I just got an email from my library that the latest Nora Roberts romance is in for me. Nice chance of pace, don't you think?
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  3. This sounds good. I used to read almost exclusively thrillers and murder mysteries but rarely do anymore.

    I just did the same as you – read a book in a genre different than what I usually read – YA paranormal romance (Hush, Hush) and I liked it, too! You can read my review at: http://www.greatbooksforkidsandteens.com

    And you're working, writing for NaNo, and still found time to write a book review? No apologies necessary – I'm impressed!

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  4. I have this and Sweetheart in my stacks, thanks to a friend who recommended this author. I've been told by a couple of friends that I need to read Chelsea Cain since I love Cody McFadyen's books so much. Apparently they both write gritty thrillers about serial killers. Thanks for the nudge. 🙂
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