Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

I was directed to this video link: Heartsick by Richard Charkin’s blog. He says "don’t forget to turn on the sound" but of course, on principle, I didn’t, so I watched it on silent. That was enough for me. A new thriller to be published by Pan Macmillan in August. Slick video, but not for the faint "hearted".

7 thoughts on “Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

  1. I saw this too.
    I actually thought, drop the “heart”, it’s just sick. It does not appeal to me. (Although they seem to have run out of ARCs in the offer through booktradeinfo, so it obviously appeals to many.)
    LOL, it may be that I’m getting older, but personally, I can’t understand the enthusiasm for creating even more serial killers with even more awful twisted minds and methods. I don’t think they make particularly challenging reads either. Motivation and mystery are not issues and the books simply turn into a chase to capture the killer and minimise the body count, usually involving one potential victim that the reader gets to know a bit before abduction, empathises with, and wants to see saved. Formulaic stuff.
    Ah. I feel an essay like post coming on: Why I’m all serial killered out!

  2. Yes, crimeficreader, totally agree. There are so many “sick serial killer thrillers” around nowadays, trying to ride the Thomas Harris (played-out) ticket) Bellingham, P J Tracy, etc. I sometimes give them a try but I find they tend to be rather boilerplate, especially the sections interspersed with the main plot where you “see events from the killer’s point of view”, he/she is always a loner, abused childhood, etc. Let’s have a bit of variety, please! I don’t mind some gore but I don’t like extended scenes of torture and associated “horror”. The sadist scenes in Little Face worked well because they were so simple and everyday, they had a more profound effect than, say, that Martyn Waites Bone Machine explicitly nasty stuff.
    So, looking forward to your post!
    (I suppose that these books are the ones that publishers publish because they think they will sell — probably lots of more original books are being written, but not being published?)

  3. Wow — Chelsea Cain has moved into a totally different genre of writing since I last saw her. Several years ago, she and I were both readers at an event sponsored by “Grand Tour” magazine — a literary magazine devoted to writing about place, or travel in which we both had essays. I had a memoir about the town in the South where I grew up; she had a funny piece about Las Vegas. She had already published her first book (though she was quite young) and it was a memoir titled “Dharma Girl.” About growing up in ashrams with her hippie parents in the ’70s. Then, through that filter, watching her mom die of melanoma. Very good writing.
    If she’s now writing this kind of thriller, I would guess that she’s really trying to make some money — God knows enough people read gruesome serial killer tales. (In the olden days, it was sex that sold: Remember Wm. Faulkner writing “Sanctuary” to get that popular market?) But I predict, knowing her, it will be well-written.
    In other words, I’d say don’t judge the book by its marketing team and this video link!

  4. Wow, who would have thought the world was so small? Or is it just that you know everyone, Susan (even Bon Jovi)? Thanks for the tip – I may get the chance to buy it cheap in one of the Macmillan staff booksales which might just tip the balance, especially if in the event it turns out not to be as gruesome as the hype hints at.

  5. Susan,
    I don’t think I’m pre-judging the book by its marketing team and video link, to be honest. It’s the subject matter that doesn’t appeal to me: a serial killer who tortures their victims to death (until they can’t take anymore pain and ask to die).
    One thing I note in its obvious favour from the marketing campaign is originality – this is a female serial killer.
    But honestly, I just can’t read this type of thing anymore.

  6. I had missed out on that charming aspect, CFR, though watching the marketing video on silent (a benefit of my policy, evidently!). Sounds awful, and of course it had to come — we’ve had male serial killers torturing etc, by male authors, ditto by female authors, so a female sk who ts by a female author seems sadly inevitable.

  7. I just finished reading this book and i have to say i loved it. It did remind me alot of Red Dragon but also had it’s spash of origanal suspence. I would recomend it to anyone who doesn’t mind reading gore.

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