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4.0 out of 5 stars just cant give it five, sorry, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Heartsick (Gretchen Lowell 1) (Hardcover)
Having read the other reviews i really can see why they like this book so much - but for me there was something a little contrived about the setup. this is not to say it is not a great book - you could happily while away a few hours reading it, but its not a classic.

Gretchen Lowell is a great pyscho but needed to be fleshed out a lot better than she was - i am aware she was to be a bare bones type of pyscho - no rambling speeches of how daddy abused me and thats why i kill people blah blah blah and i liked that - but we need more characterisation. Maybe in the next book.

Same with the periphery characters - harry and anne a detective and pyschologist - the mini glimpses we saw into their lives were utterley pointless - either expand the character and let their life explain them or leave it alone.

one highlight in the book was its main character Archie - fabulous - well rounded a real pyschological treasure. she truly showed she could write, did Ms Cain with Archie, we needed to see more of that.

Regards contrived - isn't it nice how all the charcters were interwined? granted you had a reason how it had happened but please?

In the end this is a nice book - it won't stretch you intellectually or morally and if Ms Cain continues with this series i do not doubt that they will get better - but this is a rather good try. For an emotionally squirming novel - which this aims itself as - try the first half of Retribution by Jillian Hoffman ( only the first half mind you) or anything by John Connolly or Karin Slaughter. But all in all this isn't bad just not great.
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