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Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain

Sweetheart (Sheridan and Lowell Series #2)Sweetheart. Finished August 11,2013, rating 2.5/5, thriller,

Book 2 of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series (Book 1)

Oh, Archie. what a waste you’ve become.  You have good friends, a great family and a detective job that you are great at and you can only obsess about the one mistake you made.  Obsess and throw love back in the face of those who love you.  Your wife accepted that it would take time to heal, but she was there because she loved you.  Your kids are at that young age when having their dad around is so important.  Your best friend Henry who looks out for you and your family because you can’t or won’t do it yourself.  Susan,  who has a crush on you but is also a fan and friend, sees you at your worst and still accepts you.  These are all things that count.

Gretchen, serial killer/your abductor and tormentor, is difficult to accept.  You respect her and are hot for her, but it’s hard to see why.  She seems to get men to do exactly what she wants even locked up in a maximum security prison, especially you.  When you revealed your secret I understood your thing for Gretchen better, but after that your behavior ruined your story for me.  Might you redeem yourself in the next book?  I don’t know but I’m probably not going to find out and that’s a shame because I really liked your first story, the one where you were a real person.

You should thank your skilled storyteller, Chelsea, it’s her skilled writing that made your story readable.

This was from my personal library.

August 19, 2013 - Posted by | 2 1/2 Stars or Less |


  1. Hmmm…sounds like a really weird book! ha ha. Great review. I think I’ll have to pass on this one.

    Comment by Heather | August 19, 2013 | Reply

  2. Yet another author I need to try. This one sounds good to me!

    Comment by bermudaonion (Kathy) | August 19, 2013 | Reply

  3. I like Chelsea Cain’s earliest books, but the last few, not so much:(

    Comment by Diane@BibliophilebytheSea | August 20, 2013 | Reply

  4. Chelsea Cain is local for me and a terrific author and speaker, but I’ve never read her thrillers. Even my mother-in-law, who loves mysteries and the like, says they’re a little too grisly for her tastes.

    Comment by Ali (Worducopia) | August 21, 2013 | Reply

  5. bummer this one bombed especially after a good 1st book … one more chance lol??

    Comment by Teddyree | August 22, 2013 | Reply

  6. I never did get around to reading the first in this series. I wanted to, but then I lost interest somewhere along the way. It’s too bad this one wasn’t better.

    Comment by Literary Feline | August 26, 2013 | Reply

  7. Personally, I liked this one better than the first book in the series. I’ve read the first 3 and have the 4th on my shelves … eventually I’ll get to it 🙂

    Comment by Tara | August 27, 2013 | Reply

  8. I completely agree!

    I rated:

    #1 a 5/5,
    #2 a 2.25/5,
    #3 a 3/5 and
    #4 a 2/5.

    IMO you are wise to stop now. 🙂

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | September 15, 2013 | Reply

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