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BOOK REVIEW: SWEETHEART
BY CHELSEA CAIN

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A year ago Heartsick hit The New York Times Bestseller's List with a bang. In that stunning debut, author Cain introduced the world to serial killer, Gretchen Lowell and her relentless pursuer, Portland Detective Archie Sheridan. Archie and Gretchen's return this year in Sweetheart, proves last year's hit was no fluke.

If there was one problem with last year's book is that the relationship between Sheridan and Lowell was not resolved. Sweetheart picks up the characters more or less where Heartsick left them. Archie is in therapy, trying to regain his family life and put the episode with Gretchen behind him for good. Gretchen is held in a psychiatric ward in the prison and there has been no contact between the two for two months.

A body of a young woman turns up in the same park that was the burial grounds for Gretchen's victims. Archie immediately thinks of Gretchen even though this body is fresh and Gretchen is locked up so it cannot be one of hers. But the body drudges up the memories all over again for Archie. Meanwhile, Susan Ward, a young reporter is writing a blockbuster story bringing down a prominent and beloved senator. Soon a connection between that body, and subsequently two more bodies, is made to the story on the Senator.

Just when the plot is really cooking and it seems like the reader is on a straight path to the conclusion, the plot takes a twist that is bound to send the reader into a reading frenzy well into the night. During a transfer to another facility, Gretchen escapes. Cancel all appointments readers, you won't want to set this book down until the very last page and then you'll be scrambling to the author's website to see when the next installment is due.

Cain has created two most unusual characters with the very flawed police detective Archie Sheridan and the frightening serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Their relationship, the way their lives are seemingly forever entangled, makes this series top notch reading.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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