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From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.

Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will ...

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Overview

From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.

Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now, twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing child case that will put her talents to the test.

Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound—all before she was thirteen.

Kick has trained herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two children—he won’t take no for an answer.

With lives hanging in the balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are hidden in one of the few places she doesn’t want to navigate—the dark corners of her own mind.

A heart-stopping, entertaining thrill ride, One Kick announces the arrival of a blistering new series by a stunning talent in the thriller realm.

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“Chelsea Cain has staked her claim to new territory with One Kick which heralds an exciting new series. Fresh, original, engaging and tension-filled, this is a perfect introduction to Kick Lannigan, whose quest for justice you’ll champion.”

– Sue Grafton, #1 New York Times bestselling author of W is for Wasted

Library Journal
03/15/2014
Cain forsakes (at least temporarily) her New York Times best-selling thriller series starring Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell for a new series featuring Kick Lannigan, abducted at six, rescued at 11, and as an adult helping on a missing child case.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476793443
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Series: Kick Lannigan Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 32,567
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her Portland-based thrillers have been published in twenty-four languages, recommended on the TODAY show, appeared in episodes of HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Castle, been named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.”

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  • Posted August 19, 2014

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    Exciting start to a new series! I received an advance reader ed

    Exciting start to a new series!

    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

    4 Stars!

    When I saw the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, I was more than a little excited. I have read all of the books in the Gretchen Lowell series (some more than once actually) so I knew that I enjoy Chelsea Cain's writing. This book did not disappoint! Chelsea Cain is a master at writing characters that are deeply troubled. She puts that skill to use in this book.

    One note of warning for some readers: This book is focused on crimes against children including, child pornography. Any readers who wish to avoid these subjects will want to avoid this book.

    Kick was abducted by a stranger when she was 6 years old. She learned to survive in that environment until she was rescued 6 years later. As an adult, she finds herself dealing with the emotional scars directly connected to that time. Anytime an Amber alert is issued, she searches hoping to save that child from what she has been through.

    Bishop approaches Kick and asks for her help in finding two children that have recently been kidnapped. Kick's knowledge may be the key to finding these children. Bishop and Kick work together in some very dangerous situations trying to find the victim in time.

    This book was filled with troubled characters dealing with issues from their past. All of these characters came together to tell a story that was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I look forward to reading future books in the series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

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    First and foremost, I want to assure readers that, while this no

    First and foremost, I want to assure readers that, while this novel does deal with child abduction and pornography, there are no descriptions. This is not a graphic story—allusions are made, but readers never learn what Kick herself experienced, and there are no descriptions of the photos or pornography sites the characters reference. This, for me, was a godsend. I was interested in the story, but I knew going in that I couldn’t stomach any graphic imagery at all, and as this is a very sensitive subject, I was very happy that Cain tread lightly here. However, I must admit that I still didn’t really enjoy the story. Honestly, I'm a bit disappointed in the main character, Kick. Said to be the new Lisbeth Salander by the editor in the introduction of the novel, I was expecting great things, but Kick falls bit too flat for me. There is what I consider a lack of action in this novel—with all the hype surround Kick, such as her ability to kill a man 571 ways with just her left hand, I expected to actually see her fight. She rarely does, and, in most instances that she does, she’s actually bested by her opponent. For all the time and training she put in to the arts, self-defense, knife throwing, and the like, I was really looking forward to seeing her skills. But they were not noteworthy, and for me, that’s somewhat of the opposite of what I expect when a character is compared to another kick-butt character, such as Lisbeth Salander.

    Kick is still in a fragile state of mind, though she tries to put on a tough front. Abducted and used in child porn for five years of her young life, this is expected. She does have a good handle on herself in most situations, and I admire her perseverance; I find her realistic, though she wasn't essentially deep or fleshed out in the story. Perhaps one of the reasons Kick is bested time and time again as she hunts for the missing children from Portland is because of her background; freezing up in situations when action is key and she must push herself to survive. Thank goodness she has Bishop there to help her when the going gets tough.

    Then again, Bishop is a jerk. The main reason that Kick continually freezes is because Bishop has thrust her back into the world of abducted children. Kick seems to function relatively well in the real world, but once Bishop comes charging in, her entire world shifts, and Bishop is none to kind in his treatment of Kick. In fact, he doesn’t do anything within the novel that redeems him in my eyes. So while the mystery aspect of the novel was indeed intriguing, I did not connect with any of the characters and I wasn't spurred on to read the novel as much as I'd hoped I'd be, based on the hype surrounding this story.

    The first chapter is indeed an attention grabber, but as the novel unfolds, much of the intensity tapered off for me. Overall, I’d say it’s an okay read for me, but it’s really just not my speed.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    excellent book!

    Glad she has started another series. Her last one with gretchen was awesome this one is gonna be another awesome set.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Loved it.

    Great adventure, very fast paced

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Lorrie

    Ive read the Archie series and enjoyed it. This i am not sure about

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

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    After turning the final page of the sixth Gretchen Lowell/Archie

    After turning the final page of the sixth Gretchen Lowell/Archie Sheridan thriller (Let Me Go), I wondered if there could be anything in the future for these characters. For me, this series seemed to have run its course.

    Well, Chelsea Cain has unleashed a new character on readers. Her new book, One Kick is the first in a new series featuring Kick Lannigan. What a great character name eh?

    Kick was kidnapped as a six year old and famously rescued when she was eleven. The years spent in captivity shaped her path - and her personality. She's tough as nails, but vulnerable, fearsome, yet fearful. And she has a goal - to prey on those that prey on children. A wealthy man named John Bishop, approaches Kick to help him find two local missing kids. There's a chance they could still be alive - and Bishop believes Kick has the key to finding them locked in her past. But who is Bishop really? And what is his agenda?

    Cain writes great kick *** characters. Lannigan is definitely one of those, but with a wounded side that makes us fear for her as she wades into danger. One Kick introduces us to Lannigan, lets us get to know her and sets the tone and the background for the next in the series. One Kick has a resolution, but the last few pages are a kicker (sorry, couldn't resist) that will leave readers with the same questions Lannigan has. I 'll be watching for the next book.

    Cain's books are not for the faint of heart. There are disturbing themes, descriptions and language. Those looking for a dark thriller will absolutely find it in One Kick.

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  • Posted October 11, 2014

    Page turner!

    Very good start to a new series! A quick read that I enjoyed very much. I truly like Chelsea Cain's way of hooking you into a story by giving you just enough of the gory details without being gratuitous or grotesque.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    New series from one of my favorite authors

    I love Chelsea Cain's Archie Sheridan series, so I was thrilled when I heard she came out with a new one. This was a quick read and quite a bit less intense than her other series, but exciting nonetheless. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    She's Done It Again!

    After reading and loving the whole Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, I wasn't sure Chelsea could top those characters but she has another winner with Kick Lannigan. Her characters are always flawed in some way but you come to love them for who they are. I loved this book and could hardly put it down. Kick's story is incredible and I look forward to more books about her.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    One of those rate can't put it down books

    Well written, not overly gory. Intriguing plot and interesting characters. Could do with a few less swears, but they seemed to be used to help define the character more than anything else. Looking forward to the next one in the series and have given my copy over to a friend to read. Worth the time and the story sticks with you long after you've finished reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    LOVED IT!!!

    What a great start to a new series! Ms. Cain is an amazing author, and she has started something great here! Have read all of the Gretchen Lowell series, so I was very excited with this book coming out. I was not disappointed. Ms. Cain has a way of creating heroes that are cracked but not quite broken. I loved Archie Sheridan, and I think I love Kick just as much. She is a wonderfully brave character and I cannot wait to watch her grow in this series!

    I must give warning that the subject matter in this book is more than a little dark. Child abductions, child abuse, and child pornography are not easy subjects to read about. That being said, Ms. Cain approaches this topic delicately. There are no overly graphic details. Kick's memories will have you almost in tears, not from what is said, but from what is left out. You just know. There are heartbreaking moments when you just wonder how Kick can feel some things she does, but when you remember what she went through, your heart breaks more because you DO understand.

    An excellent read that had me turning pages not just to find out if it all turns out great in the end, but to learn more about ALL of the characters. James, Bishop, Paula Devlin, and even Mel. I can't wait to read more on all of these characters.

    Bravo Chelsea Cain! Thank you for another sleepless night! Don't make us wait too long!

    -- SPeeD

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

    Good start to an entertaining series. Interesting and different

    Good start to an entertaining series. Interesting and different characters although I do did miss Archie and Susan, and I hope they return soon. Kick and Bishop see to have potential but we'll have to see where they are going. A lot of loose ends.

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  • Posted September 14, 2014

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    One Kick - Strong Characters and Thrilling Read!! For a more in

    One Kick - Strong Characters and Thrilling Read!!

    For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals!!




    Heartsick was one of the very first books that I read when I really started on this reading journey, so obviously that was my first Chelsea Cain book! It was part of the reason I became so obsessed with reading and mystery books!!! I quickly devoured the entire Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell series, rating every single book a 5 star read, with the exception of The Night Season, to which I rated a 3 star read! So when I heard that Chelsea Cain was writing a new series, to say that I was stoked is to put it mildly! I did whatever I could to get my hands on a copy as quickly as I could so when I was given a copy for my Kindle by Edelweiss and also an audio copy by Audiobook Jukebox, I was thrilled!




    I tried really hard to go into this book without expectations and tried to totally erase Archie and Gretchen from my mind, to give this book the fairest shot I could, and I feel like I was totally successful at that! Kick Lannigan is an awesome character, that I feel with go very far, just like Cain's other series! I really can't wait to see what Cain has in store for Kick in the future! I do still hope we will see more Archie & Gretchen though...just a side note!




    Cain has such wonderful writing abilities! She is a writer like none other! There has been a lot of bad press surrounding her lately, and I really just tried to put that all aside and read and listen to the book for what IT was, not what was going on around the author right now! I did really enjoy One Kick and gave it a solid 4 stars! It was action packed and full of surprises, with great character development and solid writing!




    The narrator did a great job of reading One Kick and I was surprise that when I looked her up that I did not find more to her credit! She sounded like a seasoned narrator with impressive skills for reading a Chelsea Cain book! I hope to hear her in the future in the Kick Lannigan series!




    Overall, I did really enjoy the book, however, I did find a few parts a bit hard to follow to where I had to rewind and listen again, but it wasn't so much that it totally distracted from the book. I've always felt like Chelsea Cain was a go-to author for me, and since I found her a few years ago, have jumped at any new release she has had, and bad press aside, I'm sure I will find myself continuing to do that in the future, because with the ending of One Kick, I know Kick will be up to something, and I just have to know what that's going to be!

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    Interesting new character....waiting to see where she takes her

    Her past series was so strong it is difficult to derive full appreciation for this new series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Awesome

    The book was fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Love kick...

    Cant wait for more

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    Posted September 5, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Great start to new series

    I liked the characters, will be hard to wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

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    Great characters and a good read. I finished it in two days and I'm looking forward to the next installment! Love this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Don't remember breathing while reading the prologue. . The inten

    Don't remember breathing while reading the prologue. . The intensity was not there for the rest of the novel. That and the fact that the plot line and characters fell flat. Still a good book to spend a rainy afternoon with

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