It is rare that I have a…hmm….how to put this…a bodily reaction to a book? Now, I’ll cry over sad parts, sweet parts, and bittersweet parts. I’ll get mad and throw a book, rarely, but I have done it. But I can’t ever remember actually getting so freaked out by a book that the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and I look around shifty-eyed waiting for something to GET ME.
UNTIL SWEETHEART STIRRED ME UP so much that I even had a NIGHTMARE about it.
For reals y’all, I got so messed up over this book that I went home and dreamed about Gretchen freakin’ Lowell. I listened to this book in my car as I tooled around to work, to shopping, to everywhere when the kids weren’t with me (because hello! I’m not trying to raise miniature serial killers!) and got so wrapped up in the story that I came home and dreamed about it. Like, the dream PICKED RIGHT UP where I had left off. Which was a very intense, SCARY part.
So yeah, proceed with caution. Don’t read it at night. Leave the bedside light on if you do. Because Gretchen freakin’ Lowell will mess with your head.
Honestly, I loved every freakin’ minute of it. Truly.
So, yes, if you don’t know, and it’s possible you don’t, Sweetheart is the sequel to Heartsick. Both books follow serial killer Gretchen Lowell, the killer who defies all profiles and, well, pretty much does as she damn well pleases. Archie Sheridan is the damaged cop, and her victim, out to get her. And, as with most books like this, there is a secondary plot that is no less suspenseful. In the first book, Gretchen is in jail.
In this one, she escapes.
Let the nail-biting begin.
I felt that Sweetheart was better than Heartsick, and I really enjoyed Heartsick. Like most first books in a series, Heartsick was about establishing story, finding footing, and setting things up. Sweetheart begins delivering on the promise. And boy, DOES IT DELIVER.
I cannot recommend this series enough. If you like heart-pumping action, heart-stopping action, things to maybe get a little freaky, and caring about the characters, this is the book, no, series, for you.
Written by Chelsea Cain
Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (September 2, 2008)
I received this book from the publisher. Thank you MacMillan Audio!