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Abandoned (Smoky Barrett #4)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  4,529 Ratings  ·  314 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, 400 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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With the fourth book in his Smoky Barrett series, Cody McFadyen is back up to standards. This was dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. My favourite so far. Smoky and her team are chasing a psychopath who has been abducting women. The perpetrator has developed this into quite a well-organized business. I was surprised by a few of the developments in the storyline. Deeply saddened by one, and definitely haven't forgiven Bonnie quite yet. It was a very intense listen, and while I would recommend th ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was partly a deep philosophical look at the relationship between man and woman, especially men who hate women. The case involved a perpetrator who abducted women as a business. Yes, to earn a living. The main characters are all here, including Leo from the first book, except Elaina is mostly sidelined.

I wasn't really happy when Smoky and her team went undercover in an online chat room. I found that to be a bit boring. Much of the philosophical discussion was by the perp, and I have to
Some crazy nut job throws a young woman from a car right at a wedding reception where Smokey and her whole elite crew of FBI agents are attending. Obviously this deranged person is trying to get her attention. The despondent, young woman has been held captive in the dark for seven years and the message to Smokey is to not investigate or the rest that they still have imprisoned will end up dead or worse. Of course it is ludicrous to think that Smokey will not be involved, but the case is still co ...more
A woman stumbles into a wedding that features Smoky's colleagues and her team at a really choice moment. It's clear she is not well and is rushed to hospital. And that's where book four begins as an investigation into who exactly this woman is and what her story could be.

The regular players are present with some having a bigger part than others. But, honestly, there was some aspects of the book that I didn't like. I'm a little tired now of Smoky appearing almost super human. I mean I get that sh
3.5 bumped down to 3.

What worked?

I thought the writing was competent and the mystery was well done. And though I found the protagonist to be annoying at times, overall she came to life and felt fully flushed out. I also felt that the author tried to explore some deeper issues like gender inequality that gave this substance.

What didn't work?

Much of the sex talk between the women just didn't ring true. Not saying that women are prissy, just saying that "we" (the women I know at least) have differe
Apr 23, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering my review of Shadow Man included an homage to John Connolly (comparing the effects these books had on me), it was brilliant to read a dedication from Cody McFadyen to that same author in his introduction. Sometimes the stars just align that way.

In this, the last of available Smoky Barrett series, the antagonist eschews the usual bloody rituals and locks people alone in the dark. For years. Years! If the idea of that doesn't make you shudder, I don't know what will. I'm particularly
Dec 07, 2010 Ryn rated it it was ok
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
May 14, 2015 Goddess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leider eine total Enttäuschung. Ich weiß das sehr viele die Bücher von Cody McFadyen lieben, aber mich konnte er nicht überzeugen. Die Charaktere haben mich nicht berührt, sie waren mir total egal.
Ich konnte auch nicht mit Smokey, der Ermittlerin, warm werden. Teilweise hat sich das Buch sehr gezogen, sehr lange Gespräche oder einfach nur Gedanken der Protagonistin. Trotzdem ging es hier und da zu schnell, Smokey und ihr Team kamen zu schnell auf Lösungen und langen bei jeder Überlegung richtig
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
Ich ging ohne Erwartungen an dieses Buch und fand es toll. Ich konnte fast nicht mehr aufhören zu lesen und fand es sehr spannend. Die Auflösung am Schluss gefiel mir leider nicht so und ich fand es dann auch etwas fad. Daher nur 3 Sterne. Ich freue mich aber weitere Bücher von C. McFadyen zu lesen.
Mar 04, 2016 _moni_loves_ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Callie heiratet, alle sind versammelt, es wimmelt nur so von Polizeibeamten und Ermittlern unter den Hochzeitsgästen. Gerade in dieser glücklichen Stunde erhält Smoky eine SMS, die sie nichts Gutes ahnen lässt. Doch mit dem kommenden Albtraum hätte wohl niemand rechnen können.

Ein Motor heult auf, vor der Hochzeitsgesellschaft wird eine nackte Frau aus dem Auto gestoßen, mit tiefen Narben und einer Haut von solchem weiß, als hätte sie seit Jahren keine Sonne gesehen.

Der Beginn eines neuen Falles
Sep 20, 2016 Gabi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darum geht's:

Vor 7 Jahren ist die Polizisten Heather Hollister spurlos verschwunden. Am Tag von Callies und Sams Hochzeit wird sie der Hochzeitsgesellschaft aus einem rollenden Auto mehr oder weniger direkt vor die Füße gekippt und das Fest damit abrupt beendet. Smoky und ihr Team beginnen ihre Ermittlungen. Schnell gerät der Ehemann in Verdacht, doch schon die örtliche Polizei hat ihn kurz nach Heathers Verschwinden durchleuchtet und konnte ihm nichts nachweisen. Ein erneutes Verhör bei ihm zuh
Jun 28, 2014 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 18, 2015 Debby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
AMAZING! Amazing book! Amazing series!
Cody McFadyen is a Master writer/storyteller in the Psychologicl Suspense/Thriller genre. If you like this genre, but you've never heard of Cofy McFadyen or you just have one of his books in this FBI agent Smokey Barrett series, on your to-read shelf, you need to change that ASAP!
Abandoned is the fourth book in the Smokey Barrett series and I hope not the last. However, he hasn't written anything since 2009/2010. Some loose threads of some of the characters
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Holey baloey...this book scared the crud outta me. I've read two of his other books about Smokey but for some reason this one gave me the shakes! Great book though..never would have guessed what happened.
Anita Jackson
Oct 15, 2016 Anita Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while and I'd forgotten how much I love the smokey Barrett series, this one was no exception, emotional story with lovable characters that suck you in and leave you wanting more.
Lisas Büchereck
Sep 19, 2016 Lisas Büchereck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[REZENSION] Ausgelöscht | Cody McFadyen

Verlag: Bastei Lübbe | Erschienen: 14.10.2011 | Seiten: 480 | Reihe//Teil: Smoky Barrett/4 | Preis: Taschenbuch 9,99

WARNUNG: Dies ist Teil vier der Reihe. Könnte Spoiler enthalten.

Der Tod war bei dir, und du wünschst,
er hätte dich nicht am Leben gelassen ...
»Ich habe ein Geschenk für dich, Special Agent Barrett.«
Smoky Barrett sieht von ihrem Handy auf. Die anderen Hochzeitsgäste blicken auf das Brautpaar vor dem Altar. Motoren heulen durchbrich
Frau Zentner
Ich werde wohl auch nach diesem Buch kein Smoky Fan.
Die Basisstory von diesem vierten Teil hat mir gut gefallen, vielleicht sogar am besten von allen bisherigen Teilen, ABER ich finde Smoky immer noch furchtbar. Ich finde sie ist eine furchtbare Ermittlerin und das wäre auch kein Problem, wenn sie nicht permanent als allertollste dargestellt würde. Sie handelt ständig emotional und findet eigentlich nichts allein raus. Die Täter in mcfadyens Büchern liefern sich grundsätzlich selbst aus und ges
Aug 25, 2012 Majanka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2014 Colin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
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
May 03, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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
Jamie Rose

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
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
May 26, 2014 Neena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: formula-suspense
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
Nov 27, 2009 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-killers
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
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“Jedno od vas će jednog dana umrijeti, a osim u slučaju avionske nesreće ili nečeg sličnog, jedno će umrijeti prije drugog. Takav je život, Smoky. Živimo, a zatim umiremo, a jedino u što nismo sigurni je koliko će vremena između toga proći.” 0 likes
“You just have to live and love and do your best in both. That’s God, and that’s heaven, and it’s not something we have to wait until we die to find. It’s here, now, in all of us.” 0 likes
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