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Abandoned (Smoky Barrett #4)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  3,165 ratings  ·  229 reviews
For FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, her colleague’s wedding is cause for celebration. Until a woman staggers down the aisle—incoherent, wearing only a white nightgown. A fingerprint check determines that she’s been missing for nearly eight years. Her coldly efficient captor toyed with her mind and body, imprisoning her, depriving her of any contact with the outside world. ...more
ebook, 450 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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Dec 07, 2010 Ryn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
I heartily dislike McFadyen's style of writing as well as his characters. I had previously read another book featuring the same protagonist and found her irritating as heck. The plot and the hunt for the killer was good, but the ending was a fail.

Strangely enough, I most liked James (an antisocial member of Smoky's team), Alan (another member of her team) and one of the minor antagonists (whose name I can't recall atm). Smoky herself seems a little sex-crazed, over-dramatized, and... too-perfec
Kathleen Dixon
I worry about myself a little bit, enjoying a book this much when it has such evil in it - but I think I've worried similarly here on Goodreads in the past, so I won't go on about it.

I found this compelling reading. I like the way Smoky Barrett (the protagonist) shows an acceptance of people's differences. For example, she is friends with a hired assassin, even though she would never be that herself. I'm reminded of a friendship I had many years ago with a man who had been a mercenary. He was a
Ridiculous. Absurdly goulish. The alternating present/past thing was cool - but didn't seem to carry through. The Smoky character was confusing and trite - she's tough, she's vulnerable, she's a woman who is acting in a man's role..i don't know...i didn't get it. and the constant, irrelevant references to amazing sex. These people were all having sex all the time. Cut those references out and the book would have been half as long. And the oh-so-perfect-hunky boyfriend for Smoky. Irritating stere ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
WOW!!! I am so happy and sad at the same time. Happy as this was the best of this series and I was lucky to get a copy of it right away without waiting for it. This was a great book, action packed, edge of your seat gripping who-dun-it!! I loved it and what BANG to end this series. Which is why I am sad. This was the last English version of this series... EVER!! :/ Such sad news as I just loved this series.
Finished this book last night - wow. Cody McFadyen sure can write a thriller. Pins and needles, twists and turns, heart-breaking scenes, graphic scenes, and just plain sick and twisted - my kind of book!

Just when you think you have it figured out, watch out for that wrench. The mind of a serial killer is a very frightening thing and Mr. McFadyen just nails it (hmmm, makes me wonder about him!). He writes in the first person and does it extremely well, plus his main character is a woman and he do
Wauw dit is wel weer een echte Smoky net als deel één en deel twee heerlijk, Er worden weer veel details gedeeld en overal uitgebreid op in gegaan. Dit verhaal lees je in twee delen het verhaal van de opsporing van de dader en terug in de tijd het verhaal van de anonieme weldoener, hierdoor wordt het je duidelijk waarom en waardoor hij zo is geworden. Dit leest niet vervelend het geeft je juist meer informatie. Dit is echt één van de beste boeken, de spanning loopt op het einde nog flink op en h ...more
*Note: this is more of a review of the entire series so far...*

I've been wanting to read more crime novels as of late and it seems I made a great choice in picking up the Smoky Barrett series. I read the entire series (so far) in under a week and I'm sure as hell glad I did. Cody McFadyen is exceptionally talented at writing heart pounding thrillers.

Be warned, these books are not for the faint of heart. They're dark, they're visceral, they're gory and UNBELIEVABLY intense. McFadyen pulls no pu

Again, the actual concept behind the case in this series is quite a good one. Again the crime part gets badly let down by irrelevant sentimentalism.

I can relate to James in a way. I bet he's a lovely bloke out of the office, just ticked off with working in this team..

Quite a bit of stuff about some new job, that surprise, surprise leads to some more heart wringing from Smoky. I admit I skimmed quite a bit of the job stuff because it obviously had zero to do with the case they were investigating
Smoky Barrett is a tiny four-foot-ten with a huge nasty scar on her face from an attack a few years before as a consequence of her job. For the past 12 years she has headed up a team of four, including herself, at the NCAVC (National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime) based in Quantico, Virginia. They’re a special group called out to deal with the worst of the worst of the human race: child murderers, molesters, rapists and the like.

Smoky lives with her boyfriend Tommy, a drop dead gorgeo
Ich wollte endlich einmal ein Buch von Cody McFadyen lesen, habe allerdings das vierte Buch aus der "Smoky Barret"-Reihe gekauft, da ich nicht wusste, dass das eine zusammenhängende Reihe ist.

Die Hochzeitsfeier einer Kollegin von Smoky wird unterbrochen, als in unmittelbarer Nähe der Hochzeitsgesellschaft ein Auto hält und eine kahlgeschorene Frau, die eher tot als lebendig wirkt, aus dem Auto geworfen wird. Bei der Frau handelt es sich um Heather Hollister, die vor acht Jahren spurlos verschwun
I purchased Abandoned at a booksale last year for the very low price of $1. The best dollar ever spent, if you ask me. Sure, I wouldn’t rate this book a five star, but it was a decent, satisfactory read that kept me chilled the entire time. I had to keep on turning pages to find out what would happen next to the main characters, and if that happens, it’s always a great sign.

Abandoned is the fourth book in a series focusing on detective Smoky Barrett, but it’s not necesarry to read the previous p
Boo..this book took way too much time to be so bad at the end..I was actually amused at the start of this book which reads like a Criminal Minds episode with characters similar almost exactly to the show..For starters they work in Quantico Virginia in the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) dissecting the minds and motives of serial killers. The main character Smokey is definitely Hodges from the show and there is a black guy (Shemar Moore's character) and a nerdy antisocial dude (my darling genius S ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: For FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, the wedding of one of their own was cause for celebration. Until a woman staggered down the aisle, incoherent, emaciated, head shaved, and wearing only a white nightgown.

No one knows who she is or where she's come from - or why she's chosen to appear in a church filled with law enforcement agents. Then a fingerprint check determines that the woman has been missing for nearly eight years - that once she was someone's wife, someone's mother.and a cop
Absolutely cringe-worthy thriller. I don't know how this author does it, but he manages to curl my toes more and more with each novel. Another case for Smokey and her cracklin FBI team of serial killer profilers.

This one takes us where no one should ever have to go even reading it, will make you squirm guaranteed.

It all begins when a woman is thrown from a car at a wedding where there are cops and FBI agents in attendance. The woman is screaming and ghostly white. Where did she come from? What
This book was outrageously good. Out of all the Smoky books, this was possibly the most disturbing one. The person that Smoky is chasing is unbelievably demented, and the things that were done to the victims are unfathomable.

It was a dark, twisted tale that showed that every person has a dark side to them. And what that dark side is truly capable of is astounding. Yet, despite the dark overturns of the book, there was still the opportunity for hope and survival. Smoky is a woman that is unstopp
Absolutely ridiculous book still I am giving it two stars because I finished it and that too in couple hours. It falls in category of those trash kind of airplane ride book, that you read because you don't really have to concentrate and they have enough suspense to keep you going on till the very end.

FBI special agent Smokey Barret and her team hunts down a serial killer whose motive for killing seems very unrealistic. There is so much nonsense in the book. So many subjects are touched and ther
The 4th in a series (I haven't read any of the others) about a FBI agent who hunts down serial killers and such. Has had personal experience with one who touched her life in a really bad way, and this motivates her. Clever, tightly written. Amazing that a male author can write so convincingly about a female lead character. I'm not a thriller reader by nature, but this one wouldn't let me stop. A bit gory but not in a totally disgusting way. I'm thinking about reading the first one.
Lisa Eirene
I picked this book up by random at the library and was happy I did! Although, I later discovered that this was book 4 of a series! Dammit! I hate when that happens. However, it works as a stand alone book and I never felt confused or like I missed out not having read the first three in the series (and will be reading the other books soon).

I started reading the book and when I thought maybe there were previous books I checked it out on Goodreads and sure enough, this was book 4 AND this book had
Janice Stonehouse
I love his books...they keep me riveted. I can hardly wait to find more. This was a really, really good read.
Tim Warner
This is getting back on track for Cody McFadyen. This book brought me back to him after my disappointment w/ his third novel. I hope McFadyen continues to be inspired to write. His bad guys are terrible people, very evil.
Best series and my favorite author. No other series has ever had me so into it from page one until the end over and over again. This is the epitome of what a thriller book should be!
Ein gutes Buch, die Storyline fesselt und zieht sich auch nicht.

Die Babysache war komisch, ich mag solche Gedankensachen nicht
Love, love, love this series and this book. I sure hope Mr. McFadyen writes some more books in this superior series.
Oh Smokey....I love this woman and her crew. I was so happy when they published this book and I couldn`t wait to read it. I enjoyed it so much BUT not as much as the previous books. This time Cody went somewhere else and first part of the book I found a little bit boring. I had a feeling like the spotlight was more on her love life than on this new case. But later everything was as I hope it would be. But also I was very dissapointed with everything that happend to Leo. I know Smokey was pregnan ...more
Gordon Howard
Abandoned is yet another high impact, non-stop thriller in the Smokey Barrett series. In this novel Smokey and her significant other (Tommy) have returned from a much deserved holiday in Hawaii to attend the wedding of Callie (a member of Smokey's FBI team charged with tracking down serial killers). When a young woman with a shaved head, wearing only a night gown is dumped from a car at the wedding site, Smokey and her team are off on another mission.

Excellent, non-stop action and you can't help
Nun ja. Die ersten beiden Bände waren gut, der Dritte schon massiv ruhiger und dem letzten fehlt über weite Teile die Begeisterung. Die Geschichte plätschert recht lange lahm vor sich hin und man scheint alles schon einmal gelesen zu haben - bis alles dann zum letzten viertel des Buches ein wenig fahrt aufnimmt.

Die wiederholte Vorstellung der Geschehnisse in den letzten Büchern ist natürlich notwendig. Aber bei manchen Serien habe ich dies wesentlich eleganter und somit spannender gelöst gelese

"For FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett, the wedding of one of their own was cause for celebration. Until a woman staggered down the aisle, incoherent, emaciated, head shaved, and wearing only a white nightgown.
No one knows who she is or where she's come from - or why she's chosen to appear in a church filled with law enforcement agents. Then a fingerprint check determines that the woman has been missing for nearly eight years - that once she was someone's wife, someone's mother.and a cop. I
Smoky ist auf der Hochzeit ihrer Freundin und Kollegin Callie, als ein Unbekannter eine Frau aus einem Wagen wirft und verschwindet. Die Frau scheint Schlimmes durchgemacht zu haben. Smoky fängt an zu ermitteln - obwohl sie vermeintlich vom Täter eine Warnung übermittelt bekommt, sich nur auf das Nötigste zu beschränken und ihn nicht zu jagen. Sie findet heraus, dass die Frau vor sieben Jahren verschwunden ist. Ihr Mann hat mittlerweile wieder geheiratet und landet recht schnell auf dem Radar de ...more
Extremely powerful book! I going to try to do this book review justice, because Smokey deserves it.

Smokey Barret is the head of an elite FBI team out of California that strictly hunts the monsters in society. I am not talking vampire, werewolves or dragons on my. I am talking strictly pure human evilness that crawls from the depths of hell and prey on other humans. She stands 4’9 with a bad ass facial scar, a huge chip on her shoulder and a heart and soul twice as big as she is. Oh lest I forge
Kathleen Hagen
Abandoned, by Cody McFadyen, b-plus, narrated by Joyce Bean, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

This is part of the FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett series. The wedding of one of their own was cause for celebration. Until a woman staggered down the aisle, incoherent, emaciated, head shaved, and wearing only a white nightgown. No one knows who she is or where she's come from - or why she's chosen to appear in a church filled with
law enforcement agents. Then a fingerprint che
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Cody McFadyen is an international bestselling author of six thrillers. Five of those thrillers are centered around FBI special agent Smoky Barrett, who hunts serial killers. Book number 5 of the series was published in Germany with no English translation. In 2011 his stand alone thriller Der Menschenmacher was published in Germany, again with no English translation. Since his last U.S. publication ...more
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