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Abandoned

(Smoky Barrett #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,619 ratings  ·  382 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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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Maria Elmvang Definitely read them in order. While the crime plot lines are nicely closed off in each book, there is enough information about the characters'…moreDefinitely read them in order. While the crime plot lines are nicely closed off in each book, there is enough information about the characters' personal lives, their backgrounds and motivations that won't make much sense if read out of order.

And I agree with Lisa - they are well worth your time. But read the first one, and decide for yourself :)(less)

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Jean
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Gautama Buddha

When FBI Special Agent Smoky Barrett attends a colleague’s wedding, the last thing she expects to happen when the newlyweds kiss is an interruption from an uninvited guest – courtesy of a psychopath. Abandoned, Cody McFadyen’s fourth book of his dark thriller series, begins with an idyllic vacation scene in Hawaii. The setting quickly shifts back to LA when Smoky and her cohorts gather for the wedding, and a
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Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!
Claudia / BeautyButterflies
Wieder ein fantastischer Smoky Barrett Fall - Und mit einem Ende was ich so bis zum Schluss nicht erwartet habe. Der Thriller ist grausam und herzlich zugleich - Immer dann wenn es um Smoky, ihre Familie und ihr Team geht. Nun bin ich mehr als gespannt auf den (bisher) letzten Fall der Smoky Barrett Reihe von Cody McFadyen, der so lange erwartet wurde und dann so vielen nicht gefallen hat....
Brenda
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Petra
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
Janet
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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 were 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 s
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✨Susan✨
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
Shaun
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Danielle
Feb 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Tina
4,5 *
ExpectoLukas
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 / 5
Ryn
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emma
Apr 18, 2016 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
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Sladja_n_a
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovo je četvrta knjiga ovog autora koju sam pročitala. U pitanju je serijal pa je najbolje čitati hronološki.
Dakle, za ljubitelje krimića ovo je izuzetna poslastica. Čini mi se, sa svakom sledećom knjigom koju napiše, kvalitet je bolji, strava i užas veći. S obzirom na količinu brutalnosti u četvrtoj knjizi, kada peta dođe na red, čitaću je sa rukom preko očiju, kao kad gledam horor film.
Često sam zahvalna što ne živim u Americi, čini mi se da ovakvi bolesnici koje Cody u svojim knjigama opisuje,
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Morana Mazor
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Smoky Barrett i sajko kileri- uobičajeno odlična kombinacija.
Kathleen Dixon
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Annina
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.
Magdalena(Throne of Bookaholic)
There's no need to say anything. It's Cody, one of my favourite authors who never dissapoints.
Lejla
Čitanje ove knjige počela sam s nadom da je bolja od prethodne... Ne da je bolje od nje, ovaj dio je zasad najbolji o Smoky. :)
_moni_loves_
Feb 22, 2016 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
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Gabis Laberladen
Sep 03, 2016 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
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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.
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.
Eva
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Took me a really long time to pick this one up. I just forgot about Cody and Smoky. I feel bad, because I really enjoyed this one as well. Unfortunately, for me the series ends here. The fifth book is, for some weird reason, only available in German. I can read and speak German, but not that good that I am willing to buy it. Last time I tried to find more info about the book and Cody I read multiple times that it looked like the writer just disappeared... does anyone know any news about him and ...more
Diane Cuipers
Het boek kon me
Maar matig boeien sommige stukken wel andere weer niet van pg 200 tot 300 overgeslagen blij dat hij uit is
Debby
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jaime
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greattt book (as expected). It was a longgg one but nevertheless it keep my interest the entire way. I love Smoky's character and all of her complexities. The ending was a bit shocking and the content can be a bit much (torture) but I am so invested in Smoky and her team I am always going to keep reading.
Sarlis
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: printversion
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Smoky Barrett und die anderen Hochzeitsgäste blicken auf das Brautpaar vor dem Altar. Plötzlich durchbricht Motorenheulen die Stille. Ein schwarzer Mustang hält vor der Kirche. Die Tür öffnet sich, und eine Frau wird auf die Straße gestoßen. Ihr Kopf ist kahl geschoren, die Haut von blutigen Ritzern übersäht. Sie taumelt auf den Altar zu, fällt auf die Knie und stößt einen lautlosen Schrei aus. Die Frau ist vor sieben Jahren spurlos verschwunden. Aber sie kann nicht über das r
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»Čovjek se može naviknuti živjeti s gotovo bilo čime«, govori. »Sve dok se to ne događa svaki dan, nije toliko teško. Prvih nekoliko tjedana i mjeseci može biti teško, ali vrijeme, na neki način... sve prekrije prašinom. Kao i u stvarnom svijetu. Godine prolaze, prašina sve prekriva, zatim se prašina pretvara u zemlju, nakon toga na zemlji nikne drveće. Kratko zatim, sagrade se kuće i nitko nema pojma da nova, blistava kuća leži na groblju.«


Sada znam, da nisam bila trudna, odlučila bih sebe pred
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Donna
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Smoky Barrett returns from a vacation in Hawaii to attend the wedding of her team member Callie. As soon as the I Do is said, a naked woman is dumped for all the law enforcement gathered to see. The traumatized woman turns out to be a cop who disappeared 8 years ago and has been held in darkness all that time. Smoky and her FBI team must track down a killer who is holding other victims.

I would be hard pressed to name another author who writes such vile, depraved killers as Cody McFadye
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Cody McFadyen is an international bestselling author of six thrillers. Five of those thrillers are centered around FBI special agent Smoky Barrett, who hunts serial killers. In 2011 his stand alone thriller Der Menschenmacher was published in Germany with no English translation. Before releasing book five in the Smoky Barrett series in 2016, McFadyen took four years off to care for his ailing pare ...more

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