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Abducted (Lizzy Gardner #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  10,943 ratings  ·  773 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
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
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
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Jenna~Ice Queen~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
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
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
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

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
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
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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
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 find out he is back and now hurting girls you know and leaving you notes that it's your fault, are yo
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
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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
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
Stacy Clark
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
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
Rebecca McNutt
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.
Jo Anne B
3.5 stars
I like Ragan's style of writing in her books. She is a no nonsense kind of writer that puts it plain and simple. There are explicit scenes and pretty gory details that make you cringe. I have to take breaks from reading her books because of how sick and creepy her killers are. It gets a bit too disturbing. I guess I don't really want to know about all that evil that exists out there but then again it isn't like that isn't expected with these books. I really liked the characters in this
Stephanie Turk
4.5 stars! This mystery book captured my attention from the very beginning and kept me interested until the very end.
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
I really enjoyed reading Abducted, and I’m looking forward to the next books in the series. 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 inst ...more
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
Frannie Cheska
This book hooked me from the beginning. At just 7% I was already creeped out tucking my toes underneath me checking around for a creepy crawler. The story line, although heard of before, was original in its own way. The killer was creepy as hell and i think its hard to do that because its so common. The whole time through the story i kept jumping from one character to another blaming someone for something. Great thriller and great story.... 5 start not because it blew me away but because it was ...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
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