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Abducted (Lizzy Gardner #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  15,836 Ratings  ·  975 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
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
Tiffany Lovering
Nov 24, 2012 Tiffany Lovering rated it it was ok
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
Jun 25, 2012 Pamela rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, kindle
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JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

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
Scharmaine Bryant
Oct 20, 2011 Scharmaine Bryant rated it it was amazing
I've been hooked from the begining of this book! Love it!
Jennie Menke
Jun 19, 2014 Jennie Menke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2011 Rick rated it liked it
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.
Sonia De la rosa
Es un thriller con un asesino en serie que después de estar catorce años sin actuar vuelve a aparecer para perseguir a la única víctima que consiguió escapar, Lizzy Gardner.
Lizzy en la actualidad es un detective privada que en sus ratos libres da conferencias en escuelas para enseñar a los chicos a defenderse ante un intento de secuestro. Lucha para volver a ser una persona "normal", pero los dos meses que paso secuestrada le dejo cicatrices muy profundas. La reaparición de su torturador hace qu
Heather Faville
Sep 20, 2011 Heather Faville rated it it was amazing
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
Karen Walcott
Apr 03, 2013 Karen Walcott rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery

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
Jo Woolfardis
Jan 11, 2016 Jo Woolfardis rated it did not like it
Shelves: bloody-cack, 2016
To be honest the plot sounds fairly okay, standard crime thriller trope, but the writing was just terrible. Clichés all over the place, and most of them were misused or slightly wrong. The dialogue was abysmal and I just can't deal with a protagonist who sounds like she asks herself "What would Oprah do?"
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.
Malinda Mowry
Mar 06, 2013 Malinda Mowry rated it did not like it
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Aug 27, 2015 Ian rated it did not like it
This book has cured me!!
I admit that I have OCD, I hate to not finish a book.. But for the first time in a long time, I decided that life is just too short to fill it with this kind of clumsy half arsed drivel.
I admire writers, it's not something that I could do, but I just got a mental picture in my head of the writer in this case sitting at her pc writing a few lines, running out of ideas and then opening a fortune cookie for the next line. The plot is risible, poorly articulated, doesn't han
Jessica Powell
Mar 30, 2012 Jessica Powell rated it did not like it
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
Stacy Clark
Feb 24, 2014 Stacy Clark rated it it was ok
It's not the plot, it's the execution that's the problem here. Keep the main story line, but give the book a complete rewrite and there might be something great here. I felt that there were just too many characters - and they didn't have enough of a voice to be distinguishable. And the author changed POV every 5 paragraphs. It was disconcerting. Every time I got into the story she changed POV and jerked me right back out of it when I had to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was suppo ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 07, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Suspenseful and fast-paced crime novel with well-written characters, vivid imagery and an original plot. There's no end to the surprises in the plot and it keeps you guessing until the very end.
Aug 18, 2014 Irrlicht rated it liked it
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
Apr 06, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2014
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Dec 31, 2012 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle, series, 2012
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
Feb 13, 2012 Cathy rated it it was amazing
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
Kelly ...
Nov 12, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I picked up the first three in this series after reading a few reviews and seeing the great price. I listened to it today all in one sitting. It is a highly tense and suspenseful mystery. It is often very difficult to take -- the torture scenes are stomach-turning and deeply disturbing. As another reviewer said, this book is very much like the television series Criminal Minds. It doesn't feature profilers so it isn't similar in that way, but the type of criminal, the type of crime is virtually t ...more
Bethan Watson
Jul 28, 2015 Bethan Watson rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This novel started out brilliantly, I enjoyed the creepiness of Spiderman in the first few chapters and Lizzy came across as a sassy, independent woman. I can’t pinpoint where exactly it went downhill for me, but it did - rapidly.

I found Lizzy’s character became more and more annoying. Personally, I feel both Jessica and Hayley’s characters felt less one dimensional than Lizzy.

I figured out who the serial killer was too early, and there was way too many convenient moments for my liking.

What I t
Bud Mallar
Oh golly gee people, this was fun but......

A cheapie from Amazon, and the reviews in GR are pretty widely dispersed.

There were parts of the torture to children that I could have done without - and if that's going to give you nightmares, don't read this.

There were several just out of left field coincidences that maybe didn't need to be there.

Way to many 'red herrings' many of which were way too obvious.

But I did get dragged away into Lizzy's world for several days. Most of the main characters cam
Amber Adamchuk
Oct 07, 2011 Amber Adamchuk rated it really liked it
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 find out he is back and now hurting girls you know and leaving you notes that it's your fault, are yo
Two-haiku review:

She was kidnapped teen
Copycat killer confessed
Is bad guy now back?

Didn't like this one
Not sure why ratings so high
Maybe it's just me

I bought the first three books of this series as bargain books, based on the many good reviews. I barely got through this one, and I won't be reading the others. :(
Stephanie Turk
Jan 07, 2013 Stephanie Turk rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! This mystery book captured my attention from the very beginning and kept me interested until the very end.
Oct 14, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
loved it! can't understand why its rated so low! on to her next one!
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