What I’m Reading Lately

Since my last semester ended, I’ve been able to sneak in some leisure reading again and I’ve been flying through the books. I recently renewed my love for the public library. There is nothing like spending a quiet morning at the library and pulling a book off the shelf to take home with you. Or, more realistically, going to their webpage and searching for the book, putting it on hold at which point they email you to come pick it up when it’s ready. Same thing, right?

Going to the library was a big part of my childhood and I remember it fondly. I loved bringing my tote with me and surrounding myself with books, picking the very best ones to take home with me. I want to share that same love and enthusiasm for reading with Natalie. And speaking of which (and slightly off topic) I brought Natalie to her first story time this past Monday. She was the smallest there but she was having so much fun squealing and watching all the bigger kids. It was so adorable to watch.

I have to talk about this series of books I’ve been reading because I just can’t put them down! I’ve read the first five in about a month.

A girlfriend from work introduced me to Chelsea Cain, she’s a New York Times best selling author and noted for her thriller detective novels that follow Gretchen Lowell (a dangerously beautiful serial killer) and Archie Sheridan (the damaged detective).

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Heartsick is the first book and introduces the readers to Gretchen and Archie. Gretchen has been killing for 10 years and Archie has been hunting her, not knowing she’s been right under his nose until he becomes one of her victims. Gretchen loves to torture her victims for days before she kills them, but not Archie. She tortures him for 10 days until for, some reason, she lets him go. She then turns herself in and while she is in prison, Archie struggles to regain the life he once led. Addicted to pain killers and completely powerless when it comes to Gretchen and the 10 days he spent with her, he’s a completely different person (but who wouldn’t be). Archie continues to visit Gretchen in prison in order to get her to name all of her victims. Meanwhile another killer begins snatching teenage girls off the street and Archie struggles to pull himself together in order to lead the task force investigating the murders. In this book, Cain introduces us to Susan Ward, a young hungry journalist in charge of writing a story on Archie and who also begins following him around. She’s one of my favorite characters with her crazy changing hair colors and her naïve tough girl attitude.

I could not put this book down and because I loved it so much, I read the next four back to back.

Sweetheart (Gretchen Lowell, #2)  Evil at Heart (Gretchen Lowell #3)  The Night Season (Gretchen Lowell, #4)  Kill You Twice (Gretchen Lowell, #5)

I just finished The Night Season over the weekend so I put a request for Let Me Go, the sixth book, but I’m still waiting for it. Kill You Twice was my absolute favorite so far so I’m really anxious to read the next one and find out where Cain takes Gretchen and Archie. Hopefully I can hold out before I order it for my Kindle…the suspense is killing me! If you like a good thriller, then definitely check out this series.

You can also find out what I’m reading over on goodreads.com.

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