One Kick (Kick Lannigan Series #1)

One Kick (Kick Lannigan Series #1)

by Chelsea Cain
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One Kick (Kick Lannigan Series #1) by Chelsea Cain

From the author of the critically acclaimed Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell thrillers, here is a heart-stopping ride that Cheryl Strayed (author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild) called “deeply intelligent and grippingly suspenseful…a wickedly brilliant masterpiece.”

Kick Lannigan has taught herself to be dangerous. She can pick any lock, fire any weapon, throw any knife, and aim a punch at her opponent’s trachea. She has also taught herself to be safe. So when enigmatic John Bishop shows up asking her to help him rescue missing kids, Kick has every reason to be wary. He appears to have access to limitless money, high-level contacts, and details of Kick’s background long kept sealed by the court. Yet everything he tells her about himself seems to be a lie.

Headstrong by nature, suspicious by circumstance, and a smart-ass by self-determination, Kick can’t help but see the writing on the wall: together, she and Bishop could make an unstoppable team, willing to do whatever it takes—legal or not—to see justice served…if they don’t kill each other first. For Kick, whose interest in child abduction is deeply personal, it’s a gamble worth taking.

Critically acclaimed as “excruciating…compelling” (Booklist, starred review) and “a propulsive new thriller” (People), One Kick is an engrossing, entertaining new novel you won’t want to miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476749884
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 08/19/2014
Series: Kick Lannigan Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 13,425
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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, 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.” Visit her online at

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One Kick: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BE WARNED. The B&N description leaves out a few things. The main character was kidnapped by a pedophile as a child who made kiddie porn. As an adult, the main character hunts down pedophiles. So, if you do work with abuse victims like I do, or just in general don't want to read about kiddie porn, skip this book. I just wanted a crime drama with a kick ass heroine but with no child abuse. Is that so much to ask?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyable. Read it pretty quickly. Ready for the next one
Anonymous 3 months ago
Anonymous 6 months ago
This novel introduces "Kick" Lannigan, a great female character who reinvents herself as a rescuer of missing children after being kidnapped herself as a child. Her flashbacks will melt your heart, her discipline and skills are impressive, and the tension will keep you turning the page. I can't wait to read the next one in the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved i5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the next book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Keep on writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down, I read until I finished it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow , best A+ , Excelleny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. For a certain crowd i suppose. Can't wait for the next installment.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Chelsea Cain's newest series. The protagonist, Kick, is full of raw emotions and given her life that makes perfect sense. The book has intrigue and mysteries but the main focus is how Kick deals with the beyond terrible things that happened to her as a child. While some revelations came too easily I still flew through pages in anticipation of what was about to happen. While the subject matter is so depraved there are times it was tough to read. Overall though, a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good suspense novel. My first Chelsea Cain an I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.
deMachaut More than 1 year ago
I became a Chelsea Cain fan after reading Heartsick and have now become very fond of Archie, Susan and much to my chagrin, Gretchen. How can you grow to like a serial killer? Probably because she's been brilliantly crafted by a great writer. Ms Cain pulls off the same trick to some degree with Mel, Kick's "father" in One Kick. But he's not the man us guys would want to be. That would be Kick's very good friend, Bishop. Who wouldn't want to be tough enough to stop bullets, debris from explosions and own a Tesla? Well, me, probably. Except for the Tesla. I digress, so shall end my review with an emphatic two thumbs up five star recommendation.
T-PO More than 1 year ago
I found the book to be rivoting and difficult to put down. Her pedophile references were pretty much spot on...Result is what a lot of people would like to see happen to pedophiles and those dealing in the sex trade...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Archie and Grethen, but Kick is new, fresh and like her name Kick-start character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was torn in rating this. It was engrossing but man, the protagonist was hard to root for. But fascinating nonetheless.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Having loved this author’s earlier series featuring Det. Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell, I couldn’t wait to read this book, the first in a new series, and I have to say it did not disappoint. Much as those earlier books, this one is not for the faint of heart, I must add. But it is terrific. The protagonist is Kit (“Kick”) Lannigan, a victim of child abduction/pedophilia, rescued ten years earlier when she was eleven years old in a slam-bang opening. She now obsesses over the rescue of other abducted children. A recent and mysterious ally in this quest is John Bishop, who appears in her life without much explanation other than that he was a former weapons dealer, and knows people in high and influential places. Kick, however, soon comes to think of him as “clearly some sort of unreliable psychopath.” Obviously still suffering from PTSD, among other things Kick keeps a list of self-destructive behavior she needed to work out, which she keeps in a “worry book” that is always with her. She has nothing but contempt for those, like her biological mother, who feed off her situation, having already written a book and made several TV appearances The author, inspired by the horrific real-life tales of women like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, this fictionalized story of the horrors inflicted on such children induces true schadenfreude, where one is afraid to read further, but at the same time cannot turn the pages quickly enough. The one word used most often in the reviews of this novel is “compelling,” and I cannot disagree. Kick is truly lethal, trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist and bomb maker, has mastered martial arts, boxing and knife throwing. She prides herself in knowing four ways to kill someone with a jacket and “knew 573 ways to take someone to the ground with her left hand alone.” When two youngsters are abducted in the same Washington State area within a three-week period, Kick, with Bishop’s assistance, vows to find and rescue them before they are sold or killed, two of the likelier outcomes. The title derives from a Bruce Lee quote: “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well, this and the Gretchen series are dark. And yet, I can't stop reading. While waiting for the next Gretchen book, I found there's a new series. And this book was well, interesting. Fast paced and can't put it down kind of book. The writing was also good. Bishop still not sure about, I mean it is book 1, so I wonder what the next one will be like.