Sunday, September 21, 2014

ONE KICK: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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ONE KICK
A KICK LANNIGAN MYSTERY
BY CHELSEA CAIN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Meet Kick Lannigan. She’s twenty-one. She can pick any lock. She knows five ways to kill you with a jacket. Get ready to fall in love.

From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling 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, twenty-one, 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 thirteen.

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. 

A heart-stopping, entertaining thrill ride, One Kick announces the arrival of a blistering new series by a stunning talent in the thriller realm.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Chelsea Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her Portland-based thrillers have been published in twenty-four languages, recommended on the TODAY show, appeared in episodes of HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Castle, been named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.” 

PRAISE FOR ONE KICK:
"Author Cain has done it again. One Kick is superb! From its breathtaking opening sequence, through scenes of wrenching evil and heart-clutching emotion to its roller coaster finale, this novel will stay with you for a long time. And what a heroine . . . Here's hoping for more Kick Lannigan soon!"– Jeffery Deaver, author of The Skin Collector

"This is an edge-of-the-chair thriller, and Cain negotiates the twists and turns with finesse while keeping her foot firmly on the gas pedal. Excruciating yet always compelling."– Booklist, starred review

"Chelsea Cain's One Kick has all the bones of a great thriller--a high-octane story that will never let you catch your breath, non-stop action, and twists galore. But it's Kick Lannigan that really gives this stellar read its heart and soul. Kick is a total badass, armed and dangerous. But you'll cheer for her, worry about her--and you'll pray that, if you ever meet anyone like her, she'll be on your side. Chelsea Cain has outdone herself -- and that's no small feat."– Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of In the Blood

"Prepare to read One Kick with your heart in your throat. Chelsea Cain has created a world that’s both utterly exhilarating and emotionally rich. With Kick Lannigan as our protagonist--resilient yet broken, conflicted yet righteous--we find ourselves willing to go anywhere, even to the darkest places, knowing she’ll protect us, surprise us, move us."– Megan Abbott, author of Fever and Dare Me

SOME OTHER BOOKS BY CHELSEA CAIN:
                                                                        
                        
MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Oh how I regret having not read a Chelsea Cain novel in many years because her latest thriller, ONE KICK, is SO good that I hated for it to end! Delightedly, I hear that the edgy but enjoyably fascinating protagonist of Kit "Kick" Lannigan, is reported to be coming back in the second, of what appears destined to be, an electrifying new series to look forward to.

In ONE KICK, Chelsea Cain's Kit, who now goes by Kick, is a 21-year-old who became famous after being abducted when she was only six years old. Brought back into the spotlight and people's hearts when Kit was rescued five years later, she found it very hard to move on with any kind of normal life. Taking her therapy in her own hands, Kit empowers herself by studying every imaginable way possible to stay free. She masters martial arts and knife throwing, lock picking and survival skills, and whatever else it takes to ensure her safety and independence. 

Kick knows that much of her continuous fame comes from the sordid world of child pornographers that still benefit financially from the films and pictures made when she was a captive. This is just one driving force that occupies her thoughts as well as the children who currently are in a state similar to what she had survived. 

When two children wind up missing over a short period of time, a man who uses his background and wealth to try and find missing children approaches Kick. She is immediately on the defensive from this mysterious, but intriguing character named Bishop. However, he convinces her to help as he thinks she may have the key to finding them. After resisting, and always suspicious, Kick joins forces with Bishop and the twists and turns the gripping narrative takes are so unexpected and shocking! If ONE KICK doesn't keep you turning pages and up all night, I don't know what will. Although the story draws to an acceptable conclusion, I can't imagine you won't feel as I do impatiently waiting for Chelsea Cain's next stunner about Kick!

GIVEAWAY
 THANKS TO SARAH AND THE FOLKS AT
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AWAY TO ONE VERY LUCKY WINNER!
  
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144 comments:

Steve Capell said...

Interesting review and I now wonder how the kick crusader reads upon the pages of a book. I am interested to find out!

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Carol N Wong said...

I really want to read this and wish I had known about the series from the beginning. Kick suffers from PTSD and learning self defense is her way of conquering it. I had a very mild case of PTSD and mine faded away with time but I know what the flashbacks are like so this book is a must for me!

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I read more about the author on her webpage. She has had a very unusual childhood and would be an exciting person to know!!!

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Sounds like a fascinating new character and an interesting mystery. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Kick sounds like an interesting character and the book sounds like a real thriller. I'd love to read this page turner.

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I'm intrigued by the heroine taking her therapy into her own hands, transforming herself from Kit into Kick.

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I find the things Kick learns to overcome her fears to be very interesting. i'd love to read more about her and read the story.
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