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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  23,790 ratings  ·  1,329 reviews
Lizzy Gardner is a one-million copy bestselling series.

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 cam
Kindle Edition, 347 pages
Published May 29th 2011
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Tiffany Lovering
Nov 24, 2012 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
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
Michael Slavin
5,000 Amazon reviews and 88% were 4 and 5 stars-Not bad!

The bad guy is a serial killer that loves spiders and loves to watch his teenage victims squirm as he watches the spiders crawl all over them. But he is brutal, tortures the girls, and then kills them.

Lizzy gets grabbed when young but escapes, then as an adult, she becomes a PI and runs into the same serial killer. He wants to get the one that got away (her) and it impacts everyone around her. Good story, a few flaws, but very good.

I kept f
Jun 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
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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
Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
I'll admit I'm a bit biased. I've read a few of Ragan's books and enjoyed them all so I was always going to like this. I can see that there is some divided opinion on it. A lot of the 'faults' that others identified are things I don't even notice when I'm swept up in a story. And I did get swept up in this.

Lizzy Gardner is 'the one that got away'. Walking home from meeting her boyfriend one night as a teenager she is abducted by a serial killer dubbed Spiderman because he likes to use spiders to
Jennie Menke
Jun 19, 2014 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
This was quite good. I'd say it started off stronger than it ended, and it's not an overly deep or complete plot. But I'd recommend it if you enjoy crime thrillers, and fancy quite an easy read.

I borrowed this in audiobook format through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Malina Skrobosinski
I was first introduced to T.R. Ragan through her latest series featuring Jessie Cole, which to be honest from the start I was blown away by her writing style and character development. That inspired me to go back and check out some of her previous work, what better to start with than the infamous Lizzy Gardner series.

So... I've rated this book a 4, because I believe that if I had started with this series that that is how I would have rated it. Now, having read her latest, the start of the Jessi
Joey Woolfardis
Jan 11, 2016 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?" ...more
Mar 27, 2012 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
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I haven't read this author before, but she writes crime/mystery type books, which are genres I enjoy immensely. This book however, was just okay for me. I was hoping I had found a great new series. I liked the story line, but I wasn't grabbed by any of the characters.

The MC seemed strong and I liked that she had conviction and passion for what she does. I also liked her back story but there was also a lot of repetitive inner dialogue going on with her. It was too much of the same. I wanted to k
Scharmaine Bryant
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been hooked from the begining of this book! Love it! ...more
Aug 27, 2015 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
Sep 24, 2011 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. ...more
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. :(
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lizzy is a go-getter private investigator who, 14 years before, escaped the two month abduction by a notorious serial killer.

After a lull, the antagonist has started targeting again, making a point to subject Lizzy to more mind games.

With her young assistant, Jessica, and a past love interest, Jared, she faces her past fears and failures to take the psycho down before she loses her life.
Heather Faville
Sep 20, 2011 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 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 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I had this book on my kindle for god knows how long but i hated this the plot was very weak & the characters especially the protagonist Lizzy was not likeable at all she was weak & self indulgent very poor
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.
Mar 30, 2012 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 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
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about a serial killer one girl escapes years later comes after her,loved reading the mind of a serial killer who is called the spiderman he loves to torture his victims with spiders.can't wait to read the next book love this author style of writing had me gripped all the way through this book worth more than 5*rating. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
382 pages of Just Awful - need I say more?
Reindert Van Zwaal
Very nice read! Fast paced, told by many different characters. The way the writer switches between them is sublime: you almost instantly know where the character is after a switch. I liked most people and their personalities. The plot was well thought of and most people were involved in the storyline one way or another, which was unravelled bit by bit throughout the book. The book kept me bound throughout the story, there was no point at which it slowed down or became less interesting, which is ...more
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Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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 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.

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