Evil at Heart

Evil at Heart

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Chelsea Cain's novels featuring Portland detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell have captivated fans through two nail-biting entries, Heartsick and Sweetheart , both of them multiweek bestsellers in The New York Times , USA Today , and Publishers Weekly .Gretchen Lowell is still on the loose. These days, she's more of a cause cel�bre than a feared killer, thanks to sensationalist news coverage that has made her a star. Her face graces magazine covers weekly and there have been sightings of her around the world. Most shocking of all, Portland Herald reporter Susan Ward has uncovered a bizarre kind of fan club, which celebrates the number of days she's been free.Archie Sheridan hunted her for a decade, and after his last ploy to catch her went spectacularly wrong, remains hospitalized months later. When they last spoke, they entered a detente of sorts - Archie agreed not to kill himself if she agreed not to kill anyone else. But when a new body is found accompanied by Gretchen's trademark heart, all bets are off and Archie is forced back into action. Has the Beauty Killer returned to her gruesome ways, or has the cult surrounding her created awhole new evil?Chelsea Cain continues to deliver heart-stopping thrills and chills in the latest entry in this dynamic bestselling series.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312368487
Branch Call Number: F CAI
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Evil at heart : a thriller


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 28, 2018

OMG this book was so good! It was like an addiction that I could not put down until I had read it from front to end. You do not have to read the first 2 books to understand the chemistry Archie and Gretchen have, but it would help to understand them a bit more.

There is no denying that there is some thing about Gretchen that draws people to her, and to do unspeakable things. Gretchen is out and hidden in plain sight, while poor Archie is struggling to cope with the past and his addiction to Gretchen. But there is major chemistry between them despite everything they went through (I mean come on a killer that tortures, toys with and even watches over Archie like that is chilling and somewhat thrilling).

As a copycat or legit Beauty Killer trademarks keeps showing up on crimes scenes, Archie goes through a lot to get close to the killer and even attempts to redeem the killer. Plus the whole Gretchen messing with Archie's head, man that is so messed up and devious but damn the story is so wickedly good.

We get so meet some pretty deranged and sick people who are super fans of the Beauty Killer, which is so unsettling yet an interesting reflection of how the real world people fantasize and defend some of the real world killers.

For sure a thrilling read, but keep in mind of the intensity and very graphic descriptions of some moments.

Feb 29, 2016

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.

Marlowe Jan 09, 2016

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.

Aug 24, 2014

Enjoyed the book,

Jun 27, 2013

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!

Apr 14, 2013

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.

Oct 07, 2012

too much gore for my taste.

May 01, 2012

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.

hippyheart Jun 23, 2010

Creepy & graphic enough to satisfy the most hardened crime fiction devotees. I'm looking forward to this author's next novel.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Feb 29, 2016

awc_9 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at RPL

To Top