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Abducted (Lizzy Gardner #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  5,766 ratings  ·  509 reviews
Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) is seventeen-years old when she tells her parents she's going out with her girlfriends. Instead, she meets up with her boyfriend, Jared Shayne. As she walks home beneath an inky black sky, her perfect night becomes her worst nightmare.

Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a licensed PI known as the 'one who got away'. When she's not searching for runaway...more
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published May 29th 2011
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The not so amazing Spiderman.


Creepy, scary, heartbreaking, sad and amazing story.
The most disturbing part of it was that there were parts written from killers point of view. You could see how cold and merciless he is towards his victims.

He thinks of him self as a hero, as someone who is doing a favor to the society by punishing bad girls who disrespects their elders. Right then you know that dude has some serious either daddy or mommy issues, but you don't know what triggered that crazy behavi...more
JaHy♕ Bitchy  Goddess ♥'s  everything CrAzY  ☿

The itsy bitsy spidey
had such a promising start.
The stupidity of the other characters
washed his brilliant dialogue out.
Spidey's creepy side shined
And dried up my distain.
But the idiotic FBI agents
made the story lame...

... Okay, I know my song writing ability is not the best but I'm slightly disappointed and when I'm bummed my inner asshole rears it's ugly head.

This story started off awesome. SpiderMan was creepy as hell. Lizzy was a...more
Tiffany Lovering
In Abducted by T.R. Ragan, fourteen years ago, Lizzy Gardner was kidnapped by a man she calls "Spiderman" because of his obsession with using poisonous spiders to torture the girls he kidnaps. She manages to escape after two months, the only victim of Spiderman's to live. Now, Lizzy is a private investigator and also teaches self-defense to help young girls if they are ever attacked.

After Lizzy escaped from her abductor, Spiderman has stopped killing but has the need to find the "one that got a...more
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Jenna ☁☁Dreams☁☁
To be VERY honest, this book probably deserves a 3 or 3.5 but I am going to give it a 4 because I really enjoyed the storyline. I also really liked some of the characters- Hayley, Jessica and of course Spider Man himself. There were quite a few things that happened that were just too big of coincidences that should make me rate the book lower, but I just can't bring myself to do that.

I very much want to try other books by this author, I think they will be even better. :)
Scharmaine Bryant
I've been hooked from the begining of this book! Love it!
Karen Walcott
It's official! I love the Kindle App on my phone. I thought that I was a voracious reader before, but now I have millions of books literally at my fingertips. Also contributing to my frequent book orgies are the fact that many of the titles are reasonably priced (I can justify any impulse buy between .99 and 5.99) so I have been reading a lot more lately. I have also discovered a lot of great new authors this way. One of my recent finds has been T.R. Ragan, author of the Lizzy Gardner Series. Th...more
4 1/2 ****

I really love this book,it was a fast paced and intense read and I found it hard to put down. The only reason that I didn't give the book a full 5 ** is because I feel, as a reader,we didn't get to know Jared (H) very well.....there didn't seem to be enough of what he thought and what makes him who he is today.

Also this book is 90% suspence and 10% romance and there is one nice love scene between the H and h.

Lizzie (h) had been kidnapped by a serial killer as a teenager. This killer p...more
Just when you think there simply can't be yet another book about a sicko serial killer who abducts and tortures young girls, along comes Abducted. Nothing new or groundbreaking in this book, but it is an excellent example of the genre, and more importantly, it draws you in. A classic beach read or late-night alone at home nail biter.
Heather Faville
Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) was seventeen-years old when she informed her parents that she was going out with her girlfriends only to meet up with her boyfriend Jared Shayne instead. Not wanting to get caught, she asked Jared to drop her off around the corner from her home so she could walk home. As she walked, a figure came out from the darkness and abducted her. Fourteen years later, Lizzy is now a licensed PI known as the “one who got away.” She spends much of her time outside of work at the hi...more
Creepy but very entertaining.

New author took me by surprise with this thriller. Lizzy and her boyfriend are together for the last night before he leaves for college. She’s snuck out to be with him and she has him let her off down the block from home so her dad won’t find out. As a result Lizzy, is one of the teenage girls kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer but escapes after a few months. Fast forward 10 years, the serial killer has returned and is out to get Lizzy – the one that got away....more
Well, as far as crime stories go this was a pretty straight-forward one.

Not too many suspects to choose from, no unnecessary twists and far-fetched turns, no unpleasant surprises... That was nice. The case is interesting, the characters are likeable (unless, of course, those you aren’t supposed to like) and the author changes the POV a few times, so the reader also gets a glimpse into the reasons and the reasoning of the killer.

So far, so good.

The main problem I had with this book was – once a...more
Apparently reading Deal Breaker the other day spiked my interest in mysteries. This was one of the Kindle Daily Deals (one of my worst addictions and bank breakers) and it looked fun so I decided to give it a try.

Lizzy was abducted and held prisoner for two months when she was a teenager. She is also the only victim to ever get away from the serial killer known as Spiderman. Fourteen years later Lizzy is still trying to get on with her life. She is PI and helps teach girls self-defense. Her hig...more
Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) is seventeen-years old when she tells her parents she's going out with her girlfriends. Instead, she meets up with her boyfriend, Jared Shayne. As she walks home beneath an inky black sky, her perfect night becomes her worst nightmare.

Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a licensed PI known as the 'one who got away'. When she's not searching for runaway teenagers, working on insurance scams, or talking to her therapist, she's at the local high school teaching young girls to d...more
I really enjoyed reading Abducted, and I'm looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. There's a thing that threw me off a bit, though: nearly every scene is preceded by a time stamp. I'm not used to that when reading novels, so I found myself going back to check how much time had passed. That's not enough of a nuisance to deduct even half a star, though. Other than that, the novel was awesome. I soon found myself caring about Lizzy, the protagonist whose life was changed forever in an...more

I found the characters to be flat, the plot unrealistic, and way too close to torture porn with semi-sexualized young girls for my taste. I didn't really care who the killer was; his identity was so peripheral to the plot that it didn't make much difference. This wasn't really a who dunnit.

I felt that I didn't learn much about the romantic male character, and much of the secondary characters' conflicts appeared to be tossed into the story as an after thought. Mostly those conflicts were unre...more
Amber Adamchuk
Imagine you are a teenager you just lost your virginity to the guy you love before he leaves for college you promise to stay together your happy and sad all at the same time. But because your parents don't like you dating an older boy, he drops you off down the street and you walk home, only to be grabbed by a mad man.

You endure two months of hell, and 14 years of regret, guilt , and fear....to find out he is back and now hurting girls you know and leaving you notes that it's your fault, are yo...more
Stephanie Turk
4.5 stars! This mystery book captured my attention from the very beginning and kept me interested until the very end.
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This was a pretty chilling story. I premise isn't anything new, but the why-did-he-do-it was, and I liked that and wanted more on that. We never got to see into the abductor's psyche. Not that I wanted cheesy chapters with him saying how he can't wait to get Lizzy, but more of an explanation than the glossed-over one we got 3rd hand in the last 10 pages of the book would have been nice.

Premise: Lizzy Gardner is 17 when she's kidnapped (not even the kidnapper's original target) as she comes home...more
Malinda Mowry
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Abducted, is a thriller starring Lizzy Gardner. When Lizzy was 17 she was kidnapped on her way home from sneaking out with her then high school boyfriend, Jared. Fast forward 10ish years and Lizzy and Jared are reunited when the crazy serial killer who abducted Lizzy is baaaaaaaaack.

This book kept my attention and was quick paced. It kept having dates and times at the top of headings but I will be honest, I wasn't paying attention but I think it was stressing that it happened over a very short t...more
A little creepy but a good, quick read. Lizzy is 16 when she tells her parents she is going to meet friends and hang out for a while; instead she meets up with her boyfriend. To avoid getting in trouble with her dad, Lizzy asks her boyfriend to drop her off a few yards from home. She is so close to home that she can see the lights and shapes around her home. However, an innocent walk home changed her life forever after she was kidnapped by a serial killer (Spiderman) and tortured beyond imaginat...more
Jessica Powell
This was by far one of the worst books I've read in the last 2 years. The writing was juvenile, at best (I actually looked up if this was supposed to be a pre-teen novel), the concept and story line were incredibly weak, there was no suspense, the "love story" involved was ridiculous, the dialogue between the characters sounded like they were brain dead and I really found nothing redeeming about the book. It was like watching White Noise when you thought "ok, michael keaton is in this, it HAS to...more
Jennie Menke
Lord have MERCY!

This book was so... silly! Juvenile writing. The plot... actually it had promise. But then it got sloppy. Seriously lame contradictions in character behaviors and unrealistic actions to connect events to further the plot. It was laughable. I laughed out loud at the end when I was supposed to be worried and scared.

During one particularly "tense" moment: was SPIDERMAN IN HER HOUSE??? this is what was written:
"Jared was on the move, heading toward the back of the house. She followed...more
Lizzy Gardner was abducted on her walk home from a friend's house when she was 16 years old. She was just one of a number of girls who went missing at that time. But she was the only one that escaped her captor. Lizzy is now a private investigator who is scared of the dark and can't sleep through the night. Ten years after she escaped, the abductions begin again and the suspect is leaving notes for Lizzy blaming her for the girl's kidnappings. Lizzy & the FBI are working frantically to find...more
Marilyn Groves
from amazon: When Lizzy Gardner was only seventeen, what should have been the perfect night became the perfect nightmare. Kidnapped just blocks from home after a romantic evening with her boyfriend, Jared, she woke up to find herself at the mercy of a depraved serial killer. Imprisoned and tormented for months by the maniac she came to know as Spiderman, Lizzy narrowly escaped, the only one of his victims to survive. But Spiderman escaped too, outwitting police and cursing Lizzy to spend her li...more
14 years ago, Lizzy Gardner was abducted by the serial killer called Spiderman who had already tortured and killed at least 3 other teenage girls before he took her. Contrary to the other girls, Lizzy wasn’t specifically targeted, she was taken by chance.
And another thing was different, Lizzy got away. After two month in the hands of Spiderman, she got a chance to escape and she ran.

She survived and came home again, but nothing is as it was before. Traumatized beyond believe, she distanced her...more
Jill D Coffin

This book this book is not for the faint of heart. There are some parts you would not want to read while eating a sandwich. So if you lean toward Cozy genre, don't go here. Story was suspenseful and well crafted. I am hoping, however, that Lizzie, the protagonist and heroine, now that she has confronted and conquered her demons, will evolve into a more colorful character. While I like stories centered around quirky people, someone this damaged and single-minded( although true t...more
M.J. Fredrick
Jun 29, 2011 M.J. Fredrick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves thrillers
One of the things I love about summer vacation is getting to stay up late finishing a book. But even if it HADN'T been summer vacation, I wouldn't have been able to stop reading. This fast-paced thriller kept me clicking afternoon into evening into late night. The cast of characters is large, but each one was well-developed and fleshed out, especially Lizzy and the villain, who I almost felt sorry for at times. I loved tough Hayley and sexy Jared. I only wish the book had been longer!
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