One Kick by Chelsea Cain
Series: #1 in the Kick Lannigan series
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2014
Source: Copy provided by the publisher
The Short Version:
Kick Lannigan’s childhood abduction changed her life forever and she’s not going to let anyone hurt her again but she’s also obsessed with missing child cases.
Why I Read It:
I have been a longtime fan of Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series. When I heard she was starting a new series I knew I had to read it.
From the publisher:
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.
I knew that if Chelsea Cain was involved the story would be disturbing and possibly gruesome. While not as gory as the Archie and Gretchen books there is plenty of stuff in this one that lands in the disturbing category.
Kick has issues. She’s got several full subscriptions worth. It’s what you might expect for someone who was abducted and held for five years as a child. Even after her rescue her experiences continued to affect not only her but her whole family.
Ten years after her kidnapping Kick is a martial arts expert and a crack shot. She can’t keep herself from monitoring missing child cases and when she’s asked to help the mysterious John Bishop track down a missing boy she hesitates but it’s clear she’s going to to along.
Chelsea Cain hooked me right away with this one. The prologue set up the beginning of Kick’s backstory. Kick is the nickname she has chosen for herself as an adult after being known by one name by her family and another by her abductor. She’s still trying to establish her own identity despite the widespread publicity of her story. Helped along by her fame-seeking mother. Kick’s tough exterior is an attempt to create an armor protecting her still vulnerable side. I liked Kick equally as much as I wanted to slap her.
This first in a new series has a lot to accomplish in both resolving the current mystery and establishing Kick’s backstory. Cain starts it with a thrill ride and keeps it spinning just this side of out of control the rest of the way. I will be watching for Kick’s next adventure.