Somewhere between assigned readings and the creation of the Facebook feed, the passion for stories we had as children got lost. Returning to reading isn’t easy. Lack of familiarity with literary authors can be intimidating, and unless you are an English major, tackling “classics” draws up traumatizing memories of rote memorization and plot analysis.
It’s an unfortunate truth that every serial killer series, no matter how good, will ultimately be compared to Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter novels. On the surface, Chelsea Cain’s anti-hero, Gretchen Lowell, is just a blonde and beautiful female Lecter, and perhaps that was the initial seed that led to “Heartsick,” the first book in the series. But by the sixth book, “Let Me Go,” Lowell has taken on a life of her own and, thanks to Cain’s restraint, is nowhere near overstaying her welcome.