From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling 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 21, 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 13.
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.
©2014 Chelsea Cain (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Good book. I hope the series gets better."
The premise, the story, and the characters were all good. Kick, the main character, is a great herione, and the potential of where this series can go is very intriguing. But there were some flaws in the development.
The character development was odd to me. There's a difference between giving the character some depth and history and making the character someone the reader cares about and believes in. There was a lot of energy and detail around Kick. She has a lot of history, and a lot of emotions that go into her solving mysteries--all of that was really interesting. But there were some contradictions in her development that I had a hard time with, so I was taken out of just enjoying the story by stopping and thinking "hmmm, that didn't make sense."
Kick's relationships with the other characters weren't developed very well. I didn't buy the relationship with the other action hero Bishop, or her friend James, or the man from her past, Mel. She liked them then hated them, then trusted them, then pointed her gun at them, then cried over them, then cared more about her dog then she did her friends, it was just too contradictory to be real.
With all that said, I WILL read the next one, with hope that the bumpy writing smooths out. The potential is that good.
The narrator was great, she was perfectly invisible, I didn't notice her and could just concentrate on the story.
I recommend this book, but would say keep expectations low. Think of it like watching the pilot of a show that could be really great, once the kinks are worked out.
"What a horrible book..."
I found myself about two thirds of the way through reading this book wanting to quit reading so much that it took everything I could to keep going to the end. I don't like reviews that say, "i couldn't make it through the book but here is my opinion"...blah blah blah. I've read books that the final 1/3 actually justify the difficult first parts of the book, but such is not the case with this extremely annoying book.
First off, many would have issue with the subject matter, but that isn't what was so bad about this book. Taking something as horrible as child abduction and sex slavery and putting it into a story can work, but obviously it needs to be done well. Here, sadly, it isn't. I honestly couldn't stand every person in the book, Kit (Kick) included. There wasn't a single person worth my time, but to have to listen to Kit make the absolute DUMBEST decisions in the world, when she is supposed to be "trained" in how to do extreme self-defense she fails in almost every situation. Are you kidding me??? The books climax was completely frustrating and i found myself actually yelling out, "are you kidding me????" to nobody in particular because i couldn't believe i'd wasted so many hours on this horrible book. I will be getting a refund pronto and hopefully helping others to not read this crap...
"I honestly could not stop listening to this."
I did not read the print version but the narration is superb.
I liked the characters from the beginning and cared what happened to them. The psychological narration and dramatizations were dead on accurate. I'm a psychotherapist and work with traumatized people. I usually dislike fictionalized descriptions of psychological reactions; most authors get it wrong. This one does not.
I have not; this is my first. But I plan to listen to more.
Aside from Kick Lannigan, I sort of fell in love with John Bishop. :-)
I loved this book. I'm sorry this is the first one because I want to listen to more of them right now!
A better developed heroine, to start.
The book had an interesting premise, but never lived up to the publisher's summary. Or, the opening quote from which I assume the title was derived.
It was as if the author had an idea of what a strong, tough, damaged heroine should be, but never figured out how to bring her to life. Also, the sensitive subject matter was poorly handled.
"Kick this one to the curb!"
Tremendously disappointed in this book. I've read & enjoyed Chelsea Cains' Sheridan/Lowell series and thought this newest book would rise to the same standard. Boring and simplistic.... not one compelling character, childish dialogue and less than compelling plot.... blah! Too much torment, too many second thoughts, and oddly, not enough action.
"Ms. Cain does it again!"
Chelsea Cain can tell a great story. I'm looking forward to more Kick stories. She starts out slowly, then everything starts heating up and her ending are satisfying. I am hooked on Ms. Cain! BRAVA!
"Gross and Indulgent"
I don't like this question. You could not turn this book into a 4 or 5 star experience without completely rewriting the story and giving it a contiguous plot rather than a string of contrived sexual and action scenes.
No. It just taught me to avoid works from Ms. Cain.
Heather Lind does an excellent job of expressing the mind of Kick. I truly believed I was listening to Kick's voice. I am sorry she is tied to this particular work.
This story was good in concept. A sexually-abused girl that was rescued from the world of kiddie-porn has a chance to fight back at the community of sickos that wronged her, as well as save others trapped by the villains. However, the execution is poor, with a thin story line that hops from one shock scene to the other. The author seems to revel in Kick's psychosis, exposing a sexually abused girl to odd reader voyeurism with the shower scene and the sex scene with Bishop. Cain takes gratuitous advantage of the victims of kiddie-porn with no understanding of the real psychological damage they have suffered. Sadly, I'm sure the literary community will call this "ground breaking."
Kick's litany of "skills" and the twisted manner in which she supposedly acquired them is just plain silly.
"Cain's ONE KICK Is Addictive!"
One Kick is one of the top five audiobooks I have listened to.
MEAN STREAK, because both kept me guessing and were filled with well developed, fascinating characters.
Without spoiling for others, near the end when Kick is surprised in her apartment.
The description of Kick going to see her kidnapper on his death bed.
It keeps you turning pages and now we must wait for the next Kick thriller!
"One Kick Kicks to the Top of Books"
Kick Lannigan kicks herself to the top of my favorite mystery heroines in this first of what I hope to be a great series by Chelsea Cain. Finally emancipated from a narcissistic mother who has exploited Kick's rescue from a kidnapping years prior, we meet Kick in the early stages of her figuring out who she really is. She is talented in self-defense, but still not mature in accepting what has happened to her in her life, although it is not for lack of trying.
Enter Bishop who wants to take her back to the years of her childhood when she lived with her kidnappers. And who exploits her obsession with missing children.
The set up is quick. The action is continuous. There is personal growth exhibited by the characters and there are not too many people to keep track of. The tension and twists never end; not even at the end. The book is so good that I had a hard time deciding whether to risk getting my electronic equipment wet while I took it into the ocean with me. In the end I put it down, but was quick to get back to it. I finished it in less than a day.
Cain sets up a great heroine with a great cast of characters. I can't wait until Book 2 comes out. Heather Lind, the narrator, reads it very well. I hope she continues to be the narrator because she has now defined the characters through their voices.
This is a terrific read.
"I'm chintzy with stars but an enjoyable story"
despite the horrifying context of pedophilia, our heroine will win your heart and i guess I would even read another one. I did keep waiting for Kick's hair to figure more prominentl in the action, didn't you??
I love the characters.. Chelsea really knows how to bring her characters alive. I listened to it over two days and now I'm eager (to say the least) to find out when her next book is out!
This is the first book I have listened to in which heather narrated. I really liked listening to her, I hope she narrates the next book.
Bring on book two!!!!
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