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Gruesome but good,
This review is from: Evil at Heart (Gretchen Lowell 3) (Hardcover)
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Having already read Heartsick and Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain I couldn't wait to get stuck into this the third instalment.
Although this could be read as a standalone novel I really would recommend you read them in order to get the full history and understand the characters better.
In Evil at Heart the obsessive relationship between the 'Beauty Killer' Gretchen Lowell and Detective Archie Sheridan continues where it left off at the end of Sweetheart. At the end of the previous novel escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell and Cop Archie Sheridan make a deal - he won't commit suicide and she won't kill anymore. Two months on he's in hospital fighting his addiction to painkillers and she's broken her end of the deal.
Elevated by the media to some sort of celebrity status, Gretchen's face is on billboards, buses, magazine covers, there's been a paperback, fan websites are springing up all over the place and she's still on the loose. The media hype has led to her being accredited with not just national but global murders too. As the body count grows, so does the publics fascination with this killer.
Chelsea Cain is a master of the disturbing and psychological thriller and her detailed depiction of the crimes and crime scenes are pretty gruesome so this maybe wouldn't be the best choice for someone who is squeamish. The characterisation is another area that this author excels in and again it's brilliantly done with reporter Susan Ward and Detective Henry Sobol coming more to the fore than previously.
Unlike the previous two novels I didn't really feel that this one really got going until halfway through, but from then on once again I was fully immersed in the characters and the storyline until it reached its gripping conclusion. Now I just can't wait for the next one.