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Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detectiv ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2014)
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Rena Yes, and I do believe Chelsea Cain mentioned somewhere that the two series would alternate in release dates. But she is still continuing with the…moreYes, and I do believe Chelsea Cain mentioned somewhere that the two series would alternate in release dates. But she is still continuing with the Archie/Gretchen books, just less frequently.(less)
Margaux NO! It is about a serial child kidnapper and molester. It is about child pornography and her being the victim. Although there is not many details it…moreNO! It is about a serial child kidnapper and molester. It is about child pornography and her being the victim. Although there is not many details it is still disturbing for the faint of heart or the young. (less)
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Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Before I say anything else, I feelthe need to point out that if you’re interested in this book because it sounds ‘fun’, you might want to reconsider because it is anything but.

This is a book I was looking very forward to reading after having heard wonderful things about the author’s Gretchen Lowell series (to which I own the first book) and I wasn’t let down in the least. This book is very emotional, and at times even hard to read, because
Douglas Lord
Aug 26, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it it was ok
"You have some anger issues. You know that, right?" says the mysterious John Bishop to Kit 'Kick' Lanigan. This is after she slaps him hard enough to make him see stars. Which is immediately after he saves her from a bomb blast that levels the house they were in. Which is immediately after the two of them bust into that deserted house believing they are on the trail of some missing/exploited kids and the dudes responsible. Which is immediately after…see where this is going? Pell-mell to nowheret ...more
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Diane S ☔
Aug 24, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
I finished this book yesterday and my first thought was, "How does she do it?." Seriously, Cain takes evil, in this case child porn and the kidnapping of children for sex, characters who have been victims of this evil and crafts a novel that I found difficult to put down. Oh, I wanted to look away plenty of times, but I loved the character of Kick, flaws and all, James, who was for many years a victim and Bishop, the mysterious man from nowhere, who needs Kicks help.

This is a very gritty book,
May 27, 2014 Brandon rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc-reviews, 2014
As a child, Kit “Kick” Lanigan was abducted in broad daylight. Missing for nearly six years, an intensive FBI investigation led to her recovery. Ten years later, at age twenty-one, One Kick follows Lanigan as she struggles with PTSD, dodges reporters who are desperate for updates while distancing herself from her fame-hungry mother. When not firing her Glock or learning a new self-defense discipline, Kick keeps her ear to the ground regarding recent abductions, struggling to find a way to help.

Maxine  (Booklover Catlady)
Oh wow, where do I start? I freaking loved this book for SO many reasons. I am so keen to read the next installment in the Kick Lannigan series now, bring it on!

What's it about?

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor.

Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later.

In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany o
Jul 22, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
It's after midnight and I've just finished another Chelsea Cain novel much to my delight. She's a long time favorite thriller/suspense novel writer who never fails to give a great "ride" for the money. Chelsea is one of those authors who calls you to pick up every book she writes because you know you're going to get consistent thrillers that speed along and are gripping. "One Kick" is no exception to this rule. I'm excited to have this introduction to a new set of characters and a new series.

Paulo Pires
Jul 20, 2016 Paulo Pires rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Agarrou-me com tal intensidade, que não o pude largar sem ler a palavra "Fim".

«Kick, raptada com 6 anos, agora com 21 anos, ficou marcada para sempre!

Numa vida ensombrada por este evento, Kick dedica-se a seguir o rasto de crianças que desaparecem e a tentar encontrar conexões entre elas com a ajuda do seu irmão.

Quando duas crianças desaparecem, Bishop, um homem misterioso, aborda-a, e pede a sua ajuda. Estará ela preparada para o que lhe pede? Poderá ela confiar em Bishop?

É o prim
High Plains Library District
Aug 31, 2014 High Plains Library District rated it it was ok
Shelves: barb, adult
I love the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell books that Chelsea Cain writes. Now, she has created a new series starring Kick Lannigan (which is the name she now goes by) or should I say Kit Lannigan (which is her name as a child) or Beth (the name her kidnapper/pedophile/disgusting father figure) called her.

That’s right; Kick was abducted as a child and made to perform in child pornography movies. Now as an adult, she has developed coping skills to survive. She likes the feel of gunmetal and thro
Benoit Lelievre
Aug 30, 2014 Benoit Lelievre rated it it was ok

I was given an ARC of this novel by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review and I'll try to be as honest, polite and professional as I can...

I'm going to give this book and extra star because it's obvious that Chelsea Cain can write. ONE KICK has a dynamic and clever structure, and I could even forget for a chapter or two that I was not reading a good book.

I consider myself to be a good audience, I rate most of my readings favorably, but I could not endorse this novel
Immediate reaction after reading: WHAT THE HELL??

When I added this book on Goodreads, I think I saw that this was not a standalone book. But it was like I wasn't aware of that fact while I was reading this. I mean I was so prepared to see the ending and everything but nooo.. there was a huge cliffhanger. I don't know how to feel about it.

Anyway, not as gripping and enticing as I expected this book would be. Some parts kind of dragged and the main character is so confusing.

Full review could be po
Apr 24, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing
I realize how long it took me to finish this book but life and work got in the way and then my library checkout expired and I had to place another hold on it. I finally finished it and I really like Chelsea Cain, wait I love her!! The main topic of this book is excruciating and yet she managed to write about it without being graphic and detailed which is what I was afraid of going into this book. Kick rises above her childhood tragedy to become a total badass as an adult to overcome past ghosts. ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
This has the makings of a great novel, and the first 50 pages grab you by the throat (I really thought this would be another winner by Cain, but then it went down hill fast for me), but unfortunately the characters portrayed are very unlikable, especially Kick, the female protagonist and the "mysterious, sexy, will end up being Kick's love interest" Bishop, who ends up as a total cliche regarding his personality and characterization.

The subject matter is very heavy and uncomfortable and the mys
Wendy Darling
I was so excited to hear Chelsea Cain had a new series out this year, but this one left me with pretty mixed feelings. I kinda wish this series had started with book two, since I don't think the origins of Kick's traumas converging with the new life she's embarking upon were entirely convincing.

It's also kind of as if Susan, the lovably flawed but occasionally klutzy, always-finding-herself-kidnapped-and-tied-up character from the Gretchen Lowell series, was in the starring role in this book. A
Nov 04, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing
I am not that good with words so I know I am not going to review this book as good as it should be reviewed so I will keep it short and sweet. I just have to say how much I love Chelsea Cain!!! I am such a fan of her writing. She holds nothing back. Her characters are so down to earth and have demons of their own and seem so real you just can't help but root for them.

The main character, Kick was such a bada** heroine! I loved her! I tried to take this book slow because I knew I had to wait anot
Apr 24, 2014 Abbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.)

One Kick started out quite good, but i lost interest.

Kick went through some horrible things, and i felt really sorry for her.
She could stand up for herself, and she wasn't annoying, so she should have been a likable character... but unfortunately, i didn't find her anything more than "okay"

I lost interest in this quite early on, so i went through 70% feeling really bored.
By about 60% i just wanted it to end!

Overall, slow. Would
Chester Dean
Apr 19, 2016 Chester Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, books-2016

En el primer capítulo vemos a una niña lista y entrenada para ayudar a sus padres en cualquier situación de riesgo. En el siguiente capítulo nos enteramos que ésta niña es Kick y esas personas no eran sus padres, sino sus secuestradores.

Kick, a los 21 años, diez años después de haber sido liberada, es una mujer con muchos problemas emocionales, pero preparada y entrenada para patearle el trasero a cualquier persona porque nunca —NUNCA— permitiría que nadie la obligara a ir a ningún lugar que
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I'm perplexed. Is this suppose to be a YA book? It kind of read like one. I liked it, but feel like something was missing when going back to describe Kick's ordeal she is overcoming. On to book two...
Sep 19, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, thriller
Kick Lannigan is one kick-ass heroine! Think an American Lisbeth Salander. Abducted at 6y old and used to make child pornography movies which still circulate on the internet, she was eventually rescued in a police raid six years later. Now at 21, she still suffers from the effects of her time in captivity. Her parents put her into all sorts of therapy but the only thing that worked for her was learning self defence, martial arts and how to shoot a gun with deadly accuracy. Now she lives alone wi ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Shaun rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
3.5 stars bumped up to 4.

Yeah...I am a big fan of Chelsea Cain's Archie Sheridan series, so when I heard she had a new series, I had to check it out.

This started out great, then got a little over-the-top, but ultimately made a recovery so that by the end of the book I was willing to overlook its shortcomings. Again, Ms. Cain does what she does so well, gives us complex and vulnerable characters that are both endearing and infuriating. The plot also requires some flexibility on the part of the re
Terri Wino
Aug 24, 2014 Terri Wino rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-2014
Chelsea Cain did it to me again. She's got me hooked on a new cast of characters! This book had a perfect balance of suspense, action, and damaged (but far from broken) characters. I usually don't compare books/characters to each other, but in this instance I have to comment that I've not been as fascinated by a female character since Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth and Kick really aren't anything alike. It's just that both have that slightly "off" tone to them. You know Kick has had some hellish thin ...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Jul 20, 2014 Michelle (Much Loved Books) rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by Chelsea, so I began reading One Kick with no expectations of what was coming. When I began reading I was intrigued about what was going on, we are introduced to Kick in her younger years. It's not until Kit is older that the real action begins, and we are pulled into her past and her present, with no holds barred.

Kick is a survivor, and her past has made her more aware of her surrounding and her safety, therefore her knowledge of multiple self defence techni
Liz Barnsley
Jul 09, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of Chelsea Cain’s Sheridan/Lowell books so when I heard she was kickstarting a new series (yes that was on purpose!) I was extremely excited. For good reason it turns out, as this was probably the biggest page turner I have read this year so far. It engulfed me in two mad reading sessions (one of which I only stopped because my eyes would literally not stay open a moment longer) as I pretty much inhaled the whole tale start to finish.

Kick Lannigan has a dark past – when she was yo
Jun 25, 2014 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Cain’s writing after first reading Heartsick in the spring of 2008. She continuously writes fast-paced plots with some surprising twists. But the Gretchen/Archie series feels a bit uneven with some installments much more enjoyable than others. This novel marks a new start to a fresh series. The novel introduces main character Kick Lannigan. Famous for her kidnapping, Kick spent five years as a victim and then ten years after her rescue learning how to never be a victim again ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Ankur rated it did not like it
This was a very poor start to a new series by a author who enjoys good ratings here at goodreads.

I found the book to be very amateurish........the plot non-existent....a heroine who is un-likeable.....a hero who i don't know why he was in the story and why did the heroine , who is supposed to have trained herself not to trust a stranger and fight out of any situation, goes along with him without questioning him even once...

Kick lannigan was kidnapped at 6 and was rescued at 11. She has trained h
Stealthilicious Stacie
More like 2.5 stars. I have problems with books that have an animal(s) get hurt/killed. I see where Cain was going but it broke my heart too much and made me sad. Overall, the book was okay. I wasn't as into it as Archie and Gretchen but if I find the next one for cheap/free, I will read it. There's enough backstory mystery there to be interesting but not enough to make it OH MY GOD GIVE ME THE SEQUEL NOW.
Alafair Burke
Aug 27, 2014 Alafair Burke rated it it was amazing
Kick Lannigan is my kind of heroine, brave and honorable, with a big gun and a sharp tongue. Chelsea Cain is at the top of her game here with crisp prose, rich characters, and breakneck pacing. Read the first chapter, and you'll be hooked.
May 01, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Loved it, I want to read more about Kick and Bishop, also going to give Archie and Gretchen another go ( I didn't like it so much the first time I read it).
Gerard Oconnell
May 05, 2015 Gerard Oconnell rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book,it was very hard to put down.Love the characters Kick Lannigan and Bishop, and i am looking forward to the next book from this series.
Book Addict Shaun
Sep 04, 2014 Book Addict Shaun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Review removed due to Chelsea Cain's lovely attitude towards her readers.

Still a good book though.
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Chelsea Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her next book One Kick (August, 2014) will be the first in her Kick Lannigan thriller series. Her book Heartsick was named one of the best 100 thrillers ever written by NPR, and Heartsick and Sweetheart were na ...more
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