One Kick

One Kick

Book - 2014
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"Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. And a new form of hell began. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies -- meditation, Jungian, scream therapy. Nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. She learned the advantage of stillness when eluding an attacker; and to know every escape route. She learned to notice every detail. She learned four ways to kill someone with a jacket, and that every American car made after 2002 has a release lever in the trunk should you happen to find yourself trapped inside. Kick can keep the anxiety at bay most of the time. Her abductor, Mel, is dying of kidney disease in prison. She has enough money from the government to never want again. She has her brother James, and her dog, Monster, and her "hobbies" to keep her busy. But when a second Amber Alert in a month signals the disappearance of a child in the Portland area, Kick goes into a tailspin. That's when an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition. Bishop made a fortune as a weapons dealer and now wants to make good by using his resources to rescue abducted children. And he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be mined to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476749785
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 306 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 1 kick

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Marlowe Jan 08, 2016

An action packed adventure with a strong female lead. The background story may be troubling for some readers, focusing on child abuse, but is handled delicately. Fast paced and engaging, I look forward to the next installment.

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rahmmie
Aug 17, 2015

It was okay, with an interesting plot but I felt the book just wasn't on her best

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ejcheney
Jun 16, 2015

This was a quick & enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more by Chelsea Cain (i.e. the rest of this series).

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bytheedges
Mar 18, 2015

i was pretty excited when i heard chelsea cain had a new book....but if you are thinking this is anything like her old stuff...forget it.

the first in what will apparently be a series, its basically "fluffy" and chick lit with a little butt kicking heroine thrown in, barely really on the butt kicking, the plot goes to all the obvious places and despite a few laughs was pretty uninspired.

sorry but her older dark and seriously twisted psycho murderers were far more interesting....kick is a semi-snooze.

Happyvalley Feb 25, 2015

One of the best books I've read in a long time. Yes the main character is flawed but very interesting. Can' t wait for the next book.

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woofs4
Nov 17, 2014

I chose this book based on its title and cover quotes (I should've checked your comments on our website first ~ I agree wholeheartedly!). I will try the author again. It's sad though, I believe this could have been a much better book..

karcoldelharvic5 Oct 10, 2014

I read another book by this author. That one kept me riveted, I found this not to be the same caliber.

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knbray Aug 20, 2014

This is a well-written, but troubling novel. Additionally, the character is more flawed than the book blurb lets on. However, I am interested to see how this character will develop.

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stephaniedchase
May 19, 2014

Solid, though uninspiring.

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