Paralyzed

Paralyzed

by Alana Terry
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Paralyzed by Alana Terry

Kennedy Stern has returned to campus after surviving an abduction, but old scars cut deep. Vivid flashbacks and terrifying dreams paralyze her, threatening to ruin her academic career and any chance she has at peace or happiness. This mental anguish, however, constitutes only a small fraction of her post-traumatic nightmare.

A partner in Kennedy’s kidnapping remains at large and will not stop until he has silenced her witness permanently. His violent resolve risks not only her life, but the safety of anyone who tries to help.

Kennedy must engage in a deadly battle of the mind as she struggles to stay alive. While fighting on two fronts — one psychological and one physical — the question isn’t whether she’ll come out of the war stronger in the end.

The question is whether she’ll come out of it at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941735251
Publisher: Alana Terry
Publication date: 11/17/2016
Series: Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Series , #2
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,039,650
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Alana is a pastor's wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers' Favorite, and more. Alana's passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

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Paralyzed (A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel, #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Paralyzed absorbed me like Unplanned, Alana Terry’s first book in her Kennedy series, did. The main character, Kennedy, now a Harvard sophomore continues on after last year’s traumatic experiences. Anxiety has become a constant companion and post traumatic stress syndrome overwhelms her becoming an obstacle in her classes and relationships. A perpetrator leftover from Unplanned wants her dead. Everyone she loves remain in danger; her roommate, her pastor and his wife, the youth pastor, and anyone near her are not safe. The suspense fills the novel. Kennedy, also struggles with her faith in God questioning why he allows violence and pain to harm innocent people. The author includes different viewpoints to answer her inquiry. No preaching here! I immediately moved on to the third book in this series, Policed to discover what Kennedy confronts next. I received a copy from The Book Club Network and the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
SonnySJ More than 1 year ago
I love Kennedy. She is a true heroine. She is a woman we can all relate to and empathize with. Her struggles are our struggles. Her relationship with God is being perfected and he assumptions about who He is is being challenged. How many of us question the life we should have as a Christian. I love this book and would recommend to everyone. There are some tough issues being discussed but it is what we need to hear. I cannot wait to see how her story along with Rueben's progresses. I received this book from Bookfun.org and the received expressed are entirely my own. Reviews will be posted on Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, Deepshopping and etc.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
Paralyzed is book two in the Kenedy Stern mysteries. Book one is Unplanned. Both are able to be read as stand alone works of fiction and both are great reads. Ms. Terry is definitely a very talented author. Paralyzed describes the feelings that Kennedy has been feeling since her abduction. She is fearful, yet strong. She continues to focus her attention on God and on His word, yet sometimes wonders if God is really listening to her. We all know He is near and does listen, but when we are in the midst of chaos sometimes He feels far away. “A partner in Kennedy's kidnapping remains at large and will not stop until he has silenced her witness permanently. His violent resolve risks not only her life, but the safety of anyone who tries to help.” (Amazon.com). But Kennedy perseveres. She will not back down against the people who are trying to silence her. She finds inner strength, good friends and godly people to surround herself with. The kidnapping crew does not stop easily and continues to peruse Kennedy full time—on her college campus, at her dorm, through her roommate and even on the train. Hate and evil do not win and as Kennedy perseveres we see how our God works. I eagerly anticipate reading the next book in this series.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest things about Alana Terry’s writing is she’s not afraid to tackle hard topics. In book one, Unplanned, Kennedy Stern faced and survived a kidnapping by crazed maniacs. In Paralyzed we meet Kennedy again and share the realities of the aftermath. Over and over, Kennedy struggles with what being a Christian means in recovery. If she prays enough, reads her bible enough, does enough, she will be healed from the PTSD that is crippling her life. I found the realism of Kennedy’s struggles, combined with the fast-paced story, a great combination. I love Carl, he’s one tough bird and his wife Sandy is strong but submissive. I would absolutely recommend Paralyzed and give it five out of five stars.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Paralyzed (Kennedy Stern #2) by Alana Terry is a fast-paced book that deals with the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder. It picks right up where Unplanned, Book 1 in the series, left off. Kennedy has returned to her college campus and is making a valiant attempt to put her recent ordeal behind her. But that is not as easy as it seems. I don't want to give the story away so you'll have to read the book to find out more. Each book in Alana Terry's Kennedy Stern series deals with a hot-button issue that's relevant in our world today. She writes like no other author I know, presenting both sides of the debate/issue in each book. She definitely gives the reader food for thought and might even cause you to reconsider your opinion on sensitive subject matters. I give this book a 5 star rating and can't wait to read book 3. I highly recommend reading these books in order so as not to miss any important details. I received a copy of this book from the author, but was not required to leave a review. All opinions are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Kennedy Stern series and this one is just as intense as the first. Kennedy is dealing with the after effect of her abduction. She is kind of in denial about what is going on and what she is struggling with. She has this idea (as many Christians do) that if she prayed more or prayed better, or was a better Christian she wouldn't have these issues. Her feelings mirror what I think a lot of Christians feel. They are under this illusion that they must not be a "good" Christians if they are struggling with anxiety. Which is a lie. I was totally engaged in this book and what Kennedy was going through and how she might overcome her obstacles. I also enjoyed the other characters in the book, Kennedy's friends. Her roommate is an interesting person and I feel like I might have roomed with her in college myself :) Overall, another great book. A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Action and danger are in abundance in Paralyzed! Paralyzed continues the story of Kennedy who I met in book one of the Kennedy Stern Christian suspense series. This book deals with post traumatic stress disorder following Kennedy's kidnapping in book one. If you like suspense, you will enjoy this book by Alana Terry. I received this e-book through The Book Club Network. This is my honest opinion.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Paralyzed by Alana Terry is the second book in this entertaining and thrilling series about a bright and resourceful pre-med student at Harvard. Unplanned is the first book in the series, and there are several others. Having narrowly escaped the clutches of evil schemers in Unplanned, once again Kennedy is thrust into danger and heart-racing action. Vinnie, the murderous thug that nearly cost her life, as well as that of a pregnant teen who had made a hotline call to the center, was safely behind bars. Kennedy could start to feel safer. Her life was beginning to resume some normalcy except for terrifying flashbacks and PTSD symptoms that were seriously affecting her studies. Unable to focus during a major exam before the holiday break, Kennedy fled the classroom, leaving the test unfinished. Not the worst part, though, a call from her dad (a missionary in China) alerted her to the fact that her worst nightmare was free and probably looking for her. Her dad enlisted the help of long-time friend and local pastor to pick Kennedy up and hurry her to safety. Soon, both Kennedy and the pastor are running for their lives. This is another riveting book in the series. I highly recommend this book which I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
"Paralyzed," by Alana Terry is a suspenseful, Christian fiction. This is book two in the Kennedy Stern series. Paralyzed is a quick and easy read. The book has some good discussion questions in the back of it, making it great for a book club. Kennedy is the main character in this book. The poor girl is dealing with PTSD and doesn't even know it, yet. She is a young college student struggling to keep up with everything life is throwing at her. Apparently, in the first book she was kidnapped, and she is now dealing with the aftermath of that. Unfortunately, the police have not caught her kidnapper and accomplice, yet, and her life is still in danger. So, between her studies, flashbacks, fear, panic and running for her life, she is exhausted! Thankfully she has good friends in her pastor and his wife! They give her a place to hide, rest, and they love her like she is one of theirs. But, can they protect her from the man that wants to kill her? There are themes of love, questioning ones faith, and PTSD. I loved the sacrificial love of Carl. This book is clean and does contain a tad of violence, along with a car chase and shooting. I did not feel the violence was graphic or gruesome. I received this book from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Paralyzed is a suspense-filled book in the Kennedy Stern series by Alana Terry. Kennedy has returned to college after her harrowing experience being the victim of a high-profile crime. Had it really only been one semester? She felt like an entirely different person having endured a lifetime of experiences that strengthened her and yet left some ugly scars. Just who is that man following her? She thought she was safe now. Is it just the nightmares affecting her imagination? Will she be a victim forever, helpless...paralyzed...a slave to her fears? But Kennedy is a Christian, doing all the right things, what is happening? The author does a marvelous job describing post-traumatic stress disorder as Kennedy goes through the normalcy of her college life. And then what is normal about a sabotaged subway and a car chase with guns a blazing? Paralyzed is full of suspense, drama and raw emotional stress and yet woven through it all is a sense that God is in control and can give a peace despite a dangerous world full of dangerous, cruel people. Another great book by a favorite author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A review, favorable or otherwise, was not required and opinions are my own.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This was the first book I’ve read by Alana Terry and definitely won’t be my last! I understand this was the second book in the series. I will go back and read the first book, but I still understood what was happening. This book follows Kennedy Stern who was returns to her campus after she has survived an abduction. One of the men that abducted her is still at large. Kennedy is dealing with trying to stay alive and her own personal demons from being abducted. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the characters. This is a very easy to read book. I read it in a couple days. "I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review."
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series. I enjoyed it, but in some places it was a little too over descriptive for me. But, that really did not detract from the book. The story picks up just a little while after the ending in the first novel. The characters were a little more defined, though they were well defined to begin with. You could read this book as a stand alone book, but it is better if you read the first one first. The editing was superb and that is important to me. The story line flowed well. It was an easy read, I finished in 3 evenings. I highly recommend this book. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I had heard about the Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Series by Alana Terry and had wanted to read them for quite a while now. During the Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to read four of the five books, only because the 5th wasn’t available yet. That one is on my Christmas list. There really are two sides to every story. There are a few characters in this series that I think make the entire series: First of all, Kennedy, the main character, who is a young adult (college age) and she struggles in her faith. She has questions. She questions whether she needs more “works” and what exactly grace means in her life when relating to her Heavenly Father. She questions how “deep” of a relationship with God she has… all questions that each of us need to answer in our own lives, in our own time, in our own way with God Himself in order to grow the strong roots needed to withstand life’s challenges. As I was reading this book, I could already envision my children who are fast approaching this age and thinking… they will soon be having these types of internal dialogue (if not already) and that’s a good thing. Paralyzed dealt with posttraumatic stress disorder and was a great suspenseful book. The author did a great job keeping me engrossed in the book, wanting to see what happened next.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Protagonist Kennedy Stern was kidnapped in the first book of this series, and is now back at college, studying pre-med and preparing for Christmas exams while still dealing with PTSD. Sufficient information is given about the background to make it easy for readers to pick up the story here, as Kennedy questions whether being afraid means that she’s in danger, or just that she’s lacking in faith. With absent missionary parents worrying, good friends trying to help, and a wise pastor offering shelter, all could almost be well. But maybe someone really is out to get her. Author Alana Terry convincingly show how true faith is so much more than prayer and Bible study and obeying the rules. Her characters offer Kennedy their aid through interesting dialog and interactions with nicely nuanced backstories lending strength to the lessons. Meanwhile Kennedy’s pre-med status swerves between a grade-school misunderstanding of natural selection to some fascinating pre-med metaphors, as when, in fear, “her heart leaped up to her trachea.” The antagonists motivations are never clear in this tale, but the terror is convincingly portrayed, and the lessons are wise. It’s a fast, introspective, complex read, well grounded in Christian faith. Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this Christian suspense fiction novel. I loved the characters. Sometimes I wasn't sure if this was a second book in a series because of the mentions of the first abduction but even if it is you can read it easily without reading anything else. It really kept my interest for the whole story. I received an ebook copy from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
BethanyMarks More than 1 year ago
On the run for her life in-between finals at Harvard! Another winner from a favorite author to me. Paralyzed is about The Stern's daughter, Kennedy, who is being hunted down by someone connected to her recent kidnapping. She hasn't recovered from that trauma and now is on the run for her life in-between finals at Harvard! I had a hard time putting Paralyzed down. It has a great pace and varied characters. Are we going to learn more about Blessing? :) I haven't read other books in the Kennedy Stern suspense series. I look forward to that. I met Kennedy's parents in Torn Asunder. The Sterns are missionaries from South Korea working with North Koreans who are passionate about returning to their country and telling of God's love. I rated it a 5 star as well. Enjoy! I received a complimentary book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love about Alana' s books is her passion for addressing the tough issues. This girl doesn't back down. She talks about persecution, trafficking, teen pregnancy, abortion, and now post traumatic stress disorder. She bravely brings up questions that could make people uncomfortable or cause controversy. And she does it all through her invigorating storytelling. This time she has Kennedy, a college student, from a previous novel, suffering from a case of PSTD. In the previous novel, Kennedy has witnessed and been involved in some pretty distressing experiences, including but not limited to kidnapping and violence, as a young girl suffers because of someone else's bad choices. Now in the aftermath, Kennedy is struggling with her inadequacies, nightmares, real or imagined threats, and at times even breathing becomes a focused "chore". She has a series of anxiety and panic attacks in various places, yet struggles with sharing this with even her closest friends. This is a fast paced book, that will keep you turning pages to discover whether Kennedy's fears are legitimate or not. Overall a great story, there were a couple of things I am still wondering about. Some of her fears were realistic, some were not. Kennedy never got any type of counseling to help her, and after the story ends, I am guessing she will definitely need some. Maybe the next book will bring that to light. I am sure it is difficult on an author to decide what all to include in the story depending on how detailed or how long she would like her book to end up. Kennedy also struggles with her faith, in regards to what she is experiencing. Is she praying enough? If so, why is she still struggling? I think the author does a good job addressing the fact that life is not black and white. Even as Christians there are some grey areas that are difficult to discern and don't always work out the same for everyone. She gives lots of food for thought and questions at the back to help you decide how you might address a situation such as this if it were you or an acquaintance dealing with this kind of stress disorder. Honestly, in our society today, just watching the news could give you stress, much less experiencing what Kennedy went through. I was happy to see that she had a good support system in her Pastor and church family, especially since her parents were not close enough to be much help. I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Powerful and Moving... Wow! If I were to use just one word to describe Paralyzed that would be it. Anyone who checks out my reading list for the last 2 or 3 years would quickly see that I am a fan of Alana Terry's novels. And there is a good reason, she is an excellent and talented author. Paralyzed is definite proof of that. Alana Terry has done the almost unthinkable, she has written a story with raw emotions of real people, not the usual glossy Christian image in suspense novels, but rather the real deal. Kennedy Stern has been through the wringer. She is still being emotionally tormented by either a sadistic killer or her own imagination. In the wake of the traumatic events of Unplanned, Kennedy struggles with making sense of what happened. She keeps thinking that because she is a Christian she should have everything together, pray, read the Bible, and everything will be all hunky-dory. But real life isn't like that, it's a messy, long road toward healing. I loved how Alana portrays Kennedy so realistically, she hasn't lost her faith but she struggles with understanding what God is doing and how He let it all happen. Paralyzed is an emotion-rending story, totally immersing you in Kennedy's world, and is impossible to put down. It provokes the mind to think about the more difficult things, it tugs at the heart, and in many ways inspires the soul. I do suggest reading Unplanned first because the suspense angles will make a lot more sense, and yes, there is plenty of heart-stopping action within the pages of Paralyzed. This is a book you won't want to miss and a series that you'll be as interested as I am in seeing more adventures for Kennedy as she navigates the world of campus life. (I received a copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Six weeks after her kidnapping in book one, Kennedy is suffering from PTSD, although she will not admit it. Instead, she is paranoid about everyone around her, and with one of her kidnappers still on the loose, she has a right to be scared, since he will stop at nothing to silence her testimony. Paralyzed by Alana Terry was an interesting suspense novel. It was not as stressful as Alana Terry’s books that were set in North Korea and China, but it was still filled with suspense and danger. I think one element could have been done a little better, but it was enjoyable and raised some deep questions for me. The trauma over her kidnapping and stabbing in the previous book made Kennedy so paranoid she began imagining danger everywhere. It almost seemed as though Kennedy imagined the danger more often than there actually was danger. However, the enemy was still trying to kill her, so there was legitimate danger. One thing I could not understand about this novel was why the enemies were still trying to murder Kennedy. Her testimony could put them in prison, except that one of the enemies was an accomplice that she never saw until he tried to hurt her in this book. It would be safer for him to flee the country rather than destroy a witness who was guarded by the police. Is he after her for revenge? But revenge for what? She was more of a bystander that got in the way. Also, why were they not trying to hurt the little girl from the first book, since the crime centered on her from the beginning? I think the author could have developed this better. Not to give anything away, but one character acted sacrificially for another. The character the person sacrificed to help reacted with guilt—“If it was not for me, he would not have been injured.” He acted to help her out of love, but she felt bad rather than grateful because she did not want him to be injured. I think this is a realistic response, which is why I am wondering about a Christian’s response to Jesus’ sacrifice. Do they feel guilty, even though they should not? Or does it not seem real enough, since Jesus’ death happened so many years before anyone living was born? It raises many questions for me. Paralyzed was a suspenseful novel with realistic settings. I enjoyed it and recommend it to those who enjoy the Christian suspense genre. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Paralyzed is the second book of the Kennedy Stern novel series by Alana Terry. This series runs parallel to another series by the same author. That set involves Kennedy's parents who live in China where they conduct a secret seminary for North Korean refugees. While book 1 and 2 in Kennedy's series works closely together, you can read each one independently of the other. Of course, I think they are best read back to back, since the events only occur six weeks apart. Kennedy Stern, after having lived in China ten years, is now attending Harvard University as a pre-med student. It's only been six weeks since she'd been kidnapped in what turned out to be a high profile case that involved a big political name, underground thugs, and a pregnant girl. Kennedy ended up handcuffed for 24 hours in a filthy darkened basement watching the young teen die from bleeding out. She still had nightmares of the horrors she witnessed. While taking final exams before the Christmas break, she started to have coughing fits, and out in the hallway, she thought she saw a familiar, ugly face. It frightened her enough that she fled the exam in panic to her dorm room. Then she had to see a doctor for her cough and an excused absence for her professor. The doctor recognized her and asked her many questions. He hinted that she may need counseling, possibly for PTSD. She couldn't get her mind wrapped around the concept. Could she really have PTSD? She was a Christian. She'd been praying and reading her Bible more often since her traumatic experience. She'd even memorized Bible verses. Didn't that help? From that point on, the author provides non-stop suspense. Kennedy's friend took her out to see the Nutcracker Suite. She enjoyed it but was once again spooked when they attempted to see some of the players backstage, and she wound up alone in a dark hallway. Then they took a subway to get some pizza, but a power outage created new panic; she felt as if someone was following her in the dark tunnel, especially after a smoke bomb forced everyone out of the car and into the unlit tunnel. Once home her shaken nerves were further rattled when her father called to warn her a second man was discovered to have been involved in the kidnapping case. He sent her with an email with a picture of the man. She immediately recognized him from the subway incident. She needed to flee, but she didn't know where to go. That's when Pastor Carl Lindgren, a family friend, entered the fray. He had received the same warnings from Kennedy's dad. Pastor Carl decided she needed to stay with him for her safety. They were anything but safe. What ensued was a terrifying car chase, a shoot out, a hospital visit, police protection, and an ambush. At that point, I just could not put the book down. Alana Terry writes excellent suspenseful scenes that are fast-paced. That alone has me recommending this book to you. But Kennedy's inner battles are just as interesting to me. Yes, growing up in a missionary family ensured her head was filled with knowledge that made her appear to be a Christian. She prayed, read her Bible, lived by a set of moral codes in spite of her environment, and even memorized Scripture. But something was missing. She seemed a little two dimensional. I kept asking myself, "Where's the joy? Where's the relationship, the inner peace, the intimacy between her Heavenly Father and a daughter?" Kennedy's spiritual life is often too formulaic in my opinion. A true dynamic Christian life