One Kick : Kick Lannigan

  • by Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by Heather Lind
  • Series: Kick Lannigan
  • 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers: The first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.
Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now 21, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing-child case that will put her talents to the test.
Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist, and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. So, in lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing; learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound - all before she was 13.
Kick has trained herself to be safe. But then two children go missing in three weeks, and an enigmatic and wealthy former weapons dealer approaches her with a proposition. John Bishop uses his fortune and contacts to track down missing children. Not only is he convinced Kick can help recover the two children - he won’t take no for an answer.
With lives hanging in the balance, Kick is set to be the crusader she has always imagined herself. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek are hidden in one of the few places she doesn’t want to navigate - the dark corners of her own mind.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good book. I hope the series gets better.

The premise, the story, and the characters were all good. Kick, the main character, is a great herione, and the potential of where this series can go is very intriguing. But there were some flaws in the development.

The character development was odd to me. There's a difference between giving the character some depth and history and making the character someone the reader cares about and believes in. There was a lot of energy and detail around Kick. She has a lot of history, and a lot of emotions that go into her solving mysteries--all of that was really interesting. But there were some contradictions in her development that I had a hard time with, so I was taken out of just enjoying the story by stopping and thinking "hmmm, that didn't make sense."

Kick's relationships with the other characters weren't developed very well. I didn't buy the relationship with the other action hero Bishop, or her friend James, or the man from her past, Mel. She liked them then hated them, then trusted them, then pointed her gun at them, then cried over them, then cared more about her dog then she did her friends, it was just too contradictory to be real.

With all that said, I WILL read the next one, with hope that the bumpy writing smooths out. The potential is that good.

The narrator was great, she was perfectly invisible, I didn't notice her and could just concentrate on the story.

I recommend this book, but would say keep expectations low. Think of it like watching the pilot of a show that could be really great, once the kinks are worked out.
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- Marci

What a horrible book...

I found myself about two thirds of the way through reading this book wanting to quit reading so much that it took everything I could to keep going to the end. I don't like reviews that say, "i couldn't make it through the book but here is my opinion"...blah blah blah. I've read books that the final 1/3 actually justify the difficult first parts of the book, but such is not the case with this extremely annoying book.

First off, many would have issue with the subject matter, but that isn't what was so bad about this book. Taking something as horrible as child abduction and sex slavery and putting it into a story can work, but obviously it needs to be done well. Here, sadly, it isn't. I honestly couldn't stand every person in the book, Kit (Kick) included. There wasn't a single person worth my time, but to have to listen to Kit make the absolute DUMBEST decisions in the world, when she is supposed to be "trained" in how to do extreme self-defense she fails in almost every situation. Are you kidding me??? The books climax was completely frustrating and i found myself actually yelling out, "are you kidding me????" to nobody in particular because i couldn't believe i'd wasted so many hours on this horrible book. I will be getting a refund pronto and hopefully helping others to not read this crap...
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- Jared

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio