Evil at Heart (review and giveaway reminder)

Friday, August 14, 2009


Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain is the 3rd book in a thrilling series about a female serial killer and her sick and twisted relationship with the former lead detective investigating her killings. In this book, Gretchen is still on the loose and she has turned into a celebrity of sorts. Magazines and newspapers write about her and show her picture every day. The city provides tours of the locations where her murder victims have been found, Gretchen Lowell souvenirs (and manicure) are sold, and fan clubs of the serial killer have sprouted up. Archie, in the meantime, is residing voluntarily in an inpatient psychiatric hospital partially due to the mental health issues he’s suffered at the hands of Gretchen’s torture and masochism and partially to remain safe. Then more murder victims are found that point to Gretchen, the Beauty Killer, as a possibility, and the craziness and sickness that is the Archie/Gretchen series continues!

I loved this book and have to say it was the best one yet! It was seriously a thriller in that I almost didn’t turn off the lights for bed the first night I read this, and books don’t usually scare me! The action is non-stop and of course, with short chapters it’s so easy to read just one more chapter, and just one more, and on and on until you’ve read half the book. The convoluted dynamics between the characters is what makes this book and series so interesting. Gretchen reminds me in so many ways of Hannibal Lector (and I thought this BEFORE I read anything online about others thinking this) and I think that this series would actually make a great movie. This book is not for the squeamish as there are parts that are gory and parts that are just gross. There are also some sexual parts that might be offensive to some people. But Gretchen is a sick and twisted character. I will say I wonder how much more can happen in the series at this point, but if there is a plan for more I will gladly keep reading!

Don’t forget I have a current giveaway for the ARC of this book ending on August 25th that you can enter here. If you like thrillers and/or have an interest in psychology and sociology then I recommend this book to you!

Publish Date: September 1, 2009

7 comments:

Melissa said...

I love this series. I'm so glad to hear it was so good, now i'm anxious to read it. Great, that's all I need, another book I must read right now. LOL!

Natalie W said...

I just got this one thru Librarything early reviewer. Can't wait to read it!
Natalie :0)

okbolover said...

oh oh oh oh! is this one with Heart Sick as one of the books in the series? if it is I should read it soon then so I can catch up!

sumanam said...

I recently came across your blog and loved it, hope you don't mind I added you in my blogroll. I have never read any book of Chelsea Cain but after teading your review iam certainly going to checl it out.
Sumana
http://sumanam.wordpress.com/

Jenny said...

Melissa -- completely understand, lol! But this one is a quick read if that helps. =)

Natalie -- I did too! (I just replied at your blog)

Okbolover -- yup, it is! Definitely catch up! It's a great series!

sumanam -- Of course I don't mind! In fact, thanks! I'm a follower of your blog as well now.

Linda Ellen said...

Oh, I'm putting this one down on my list. I've heard of this series and I love a good thriller. Thanks. =)

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