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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 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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La-Lionne
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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
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Brandon
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.

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Diane S.
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,
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Douglas Lord
"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
Deborah
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.

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Maxine
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
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Marga
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
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High Plains Library District
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
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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
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Benoit Lelievre
*sigh*

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
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Abbie
(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
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Carolyn
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
Rachael
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
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Terri
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)
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
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Victoria
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
Ankur
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
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Book Addict Shaun
Review removed due to Chelsea Cain's lovely attitude towards her readers.

Still a good book though.
Rick Soper
This was one of the best written of all of Chelsea Cain's books, but at the same time it was also one of the most difficult to read, and that is based solely on the subject matter. I can't imagine hurting a child, ever, for any reason. And while Chelsea strays far from the exact details of those crimes, the implications of what those kids went through hangs through every word of the book. It's more horrifying than anything she's written because the reality it's based on is all too real. My only ...more
Liz Wilkins
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
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Carole's Random Life
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars!

When I saw the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book, I was more than a little excited. I have read all of the books in the Gretchen Lowell series (some more than once actually) so I knew that I enjoy Chelsea Cain's writing. This book did not disappoint! Chelsea Cain is a master at writing
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Isamlq
One Kick is my first read from Cain; and if her Heart books are anything close to this, then picture me excited.

The two leads in this are not so stellar: We know everything about Kick- but it is that she's a survivor who'se come up with ways of coping that mark her even more different, more remarkable. Contrast her to Bishop, and the scales are not balanced ever; as there's too much mystery around him, liking or disliking him is impossible. I didn't know anything about him!

That said, what they
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Cheryl
I have been a fan of Chelsea Cain since her first book, Heartsick. So when I saw she had a new series coming out I was really excited. I had some reservations when I read the brief comment from the publisher that this book was classified as Pg-13. This is because the whole reason I love Gretchen and Archie’s relationship is because it is intense and gruesome. So I was not sure what to expect from this book. After finishing this book I was worrying for nothing. I can’t wait for the next book and ...more
Cherie
Kick Lannigan delves into the past to save a child missing in Chelsea Cain's One Kick. As a fan of Cain's Gretchen Lowell/Archie Sheridan series, I was excited to hear of her new series. Kick is damaged goods after being kidnapped as a young child, but she has an inner strength that's easy to admire. She never wants to be the victim again. The mystery of Bishop intrigues me. I never quite knew whether or not to trust him. This novel keeps a reader guessing and is not as gritty as Cain's other se ...more
Andrea
A quintessential page turner - I read it in a day.

Mild spoilers follow:

I haven't read Chelsea Cain's other books because the violence sounded too graphic; in this book, much (though not all) of the violence is off screen, although there are enough hints that with a good imagination, you can come up with some pretty vivid scenarios. Also, this may be a spoiler, but I feel like people should know what they're getting into - Kick's 5 years as kidnap victim were by a child pornographer; the novel's
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Kick Lannigan (Beth) was kidnapped at the age of six and "raised" by new parents (Mel and Linda), who were part of a child pornography ring making Beth an Internet star. Rescued at age ten by the FBI, Kick becomes determined to ensure her safety, becoming an expert in martial arts and weapons: guns, throwing stars, knives, nunchucks, etc. Estranged from her publicity-loving mother, Kick's closest companions are her elderly dog Monster and her adopted brother James, another troubled victim of chi ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
One Kick is a gritty, intense, emotional story that kept my heart racing from the Prologue through the last page. Chelsea Cain takes on some tough topics & does so brilliantly! I was totally consumed by this story and anxiously await the release of book 2 later this year. Cain has fast become one of my favorite authors. Loved her Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell series also!
Ryan Dejonghe
You’re going to love ONE KICK: lots of action, lots of heart, and full of turn-paging readability. Sara Colleton, executive producer of DEXTER, is already lining up ONE KICK as a show. So, yeah, expect Kick Lannigan to be kicking a** on a TV set near you, but meanwhile start digging into this new book series now.

Kick (also known as Kit, or as Beth, which was her name while abducted) has some baggage. It’s what makes her as a character and it’s precisely why we read: we want that diamond-like imp
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Amanda Phillips
New writer for me. Kick is a fantastic heroine and kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. I am looking forward to the sequel.
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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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