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One Kick

(Kick Lannigan #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9,503 ratings  ·  1,449 reviews
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
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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 Arch…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)
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Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Before I say anything else, I feel the 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, becaus
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer A Thon: A book with sunrise colors on the cover

I'm sad.

I have now read every Chelsea Cain novel. I went on her website and apparently Chelsea Cain only writes Graphic Novels now. I was especially upset to discover that she has no plans to write any more books in this particular series. I've fallen in love with these characters and now I'll never know what happens next.

One Kick is about Kick Lannigan who was abducted by child predator at six years old and kept for 5 years. Her story was
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved these characters! I definitely was emotionally attached, even in the prologue. This book was extremely fast paced with several plot twists and some unresolved issues in the conclusion. Of course that makes me look forward to a sequel.

Cain deals with the horrific "business" of child pornography. She manages to describe and invoke very strong feelings without using specifics of the abuse. Otherwise I probably would not have been able to complete this book... She created a strong, r
Douglas Lord
Aug 26, 2014 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
Diane S ☔
Jan 29, 2014 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,
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it

Kick Lannigan was abducted as a child, then "raised" by new parents (Mel and Linda) who were part of a child pornography ring. Apparently suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, Kick became attached to the abductors, and even came to love them in some fashion.

Rescued at age ten, a very disturbed Kick becomes determined to ensure her safety. Thus, by the time she's an adult Kick is an expert in martial arts and is always well-armed - with pistols, throwing stars, knives, nunchucks, etc. You name it,
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, arc-reviews, fiction
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.

Jul 22, 2014 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.

Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This work can best be described as a Young Adult thriller. Readers who are fresh to the genre, and perhaps a little fresher to life itself, will find it much easier to muster the suspension of disbelief required than, say, those of us who have been around this block a couple of times.

Kathleen "Kick" Lannigan was abducted by a sexual predator at the age of six. The next five years were spent achieving singular renown on the pedophile film circuit. Recovered at age eleven, her post-abduction exist
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kick Lannigan is the kind of character I wanted to like: a woman who has tried to overcome childhood abduction and abuse by looking after herself, avoiding the media spotlight, training in self defence, finding out about the kind of child pornography rings she was forced in to so she might be able to help others... But she's also batshit crazy.

Now, considering her past, i'd be happy to let this slide if it were at all consistent or part of her in a way that felt natural. Instead, she spends the
Benoit Lelièvre
Aug 20, 2014 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 with
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A harrowing read full of truly heartbreaking details and satisfying retributive justice.

This one is not a fun read nor, is it for the faint of heart. The subject matter, though informative and important will, unfortunately stay with you and continue to disturb you after you close this book.

I picked this book up as an impulse buy, without knowing anything about the author (although I see she has another, earlier series which is crazy popular) or the story. I was caught a bit off guard, as I don
Feb 18, 2014 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
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars
Kidnapped at age six and rescued at age twelve Kick Lannigan has learned to defend herself. Determined never to be a victim again, martial arts, boxing, archery, knife throwing and shooting are now all skills in her repertoire. Kick has two loves in her life. One is Monster, her dog, who is old and missing some faculties these days and the other is James, who she loves as a brother. When she is asked to put her past experience to use to help track down children that have be
High Plains Library District
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, barb
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
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A high-octane story that will never let you catch your breath, nonstop action, and twists galore. But it’s Kick Lannigan that really gives this stellar read its heart and soul. Chelsea Cain has outdone herself—and that’s no small feat.
Mar 15, 2016 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
A fast moving thriller about kidnapping, child porn and survival. Not overly graphic but it is still a tough subject. The story was more about destruction and revenge. I connected with the characters and would have given it five stars but I thought the ending was forced and not a satisfying jumping off spot for the next book in the series.
Sonja Arlow
2 ½ stars

After six years held captive by her 'father' Beth has been psychologically re-programmed to forget her old life. When she is finally rescued it turns out Beth is really Kick Lannigan and her father is really a paedophile involved in a child sex syndicate making videos, selling children and getting rich in the process.

Kick gets returned to her real family and for the next 10 years she trains long and hard, mentally and physically to make sure that she will never become a victim again. Th
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
Terence M (Restored Disposition ;)
Listened to audiobook for second time. First listen earned 4 Stars.
This second listen warranted 3 Stars, although I did enjoy it and, as usual, I had forgotten almost the entire storyline/plot. It seemed a bit confusing this time, but as I am two years older, maybe I am confused!
Laura Peden
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book and was really digging it, so I went to find book 2 and of course there’s some kind of publishing nightmare. I think Chelsea Cain switched publishers & her old pub house is holding it hostage. I’m so pissed 😂 unfortunately I can’t recommend this series if book 2 is unavailable 👎🏼 ...more
Dec 02, 2013 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
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
Liz Barnsley
Jul 08, 2014 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
Sep 17, 2014 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
Apr 15, 2014 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
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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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