Just no. If you are reading the series, stop. Or just read the first and last 50 pages. This book is 200% skip worthy. You are not missing anything.
The writing is lazy, plot predictable and scenes just obscene. Its the third book and none of the characters have any shred of personality. Besides Archie and Gretchen being off the charts crazy insane, to the point of unbelievable absurdity. I almost feel insulted at this point, book 3 of a series and still waiting to see any explanation of characters inconsistent feelings and actions. Honestly, 60+ chapters, I sometimes think the author is writing scenes for TV/movie and can't handle smooth transitions that would create a chapter longer than 4 or 5 pages. The author's sarcastic tone comes through every character. Instead of reading about their feelings, emotions and motivations we just get short witty comments about a certain situation or annoying exposition.
Cain's plotlines start running thin third book into her series. Things start feeling contrived and pushing the boundary of the reader's patience. If you enjoy the characters, surely continue on, but I had to stop here.
Enjoyed the book,
This is the third book in the Gretchen Lowell/Archie Sheridan series. From her first book Heartsick I have been thrilled with the concept and storyline by Chelsea Cain. Gretchen Lowell is far from the stereotypical female serial killer. She is depicted as a sexy, smart, cunning and manipulative woman.
The book carries a great balance of strong female characters and strong men, the men having hero complexes and the women having some sort of flaw or damage. Of course with Gretchen Lowell it is hard to tell (at this point) what (if any) flaw or damage she has.
The third book in the series continues with Susan Ward investigating a fan club devoted to Gretchen Lowell- from there the story takes a rapid twists and turns as are expected by Chelsea Cain.
If you have not read this series and have any minor interest in true crime, dark fiction, or serial killers I would suggest reading this series!
I read third book in the series first....I was hooked and had to go back and read the first two. I really like the way this book starts out on a run and never stops. Will continued to explore other books by this author.
too much gore for my taste.
Just as I thought - this follow-up to 'Sweetheart' didn't disappoint! I certainly hope the Gretchen character continues; it's rare to hear about a female serial killer.
Creepy & graphic enough to satisfy the most hardened crime fiction devotees. I'm looking forward to this author's next novel.
awc_9 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over
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