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Mystery Thriller Early Review: One Kick by Chelsea Cain

One Kick by Chelsea Cain (Kick Lannigan #1)

Egalley thanks to Simon & Schuster

Synopsis from Goodreads
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 detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick's experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

Release date: August 19th 2014.

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If there is only one thing to be said about Chelsea Cain, it needs to be said that she is a damn fine writer. In fact, along with Taylor Stevens, she will be my go-to-author if I want to read an action-driven, intense thriller with an absolute kick-ass of a heroine.

One Kick is a captivating, gripping story with two mesmerising and highly damaged individuals as heroes. Kick herself was kidnapped as a little girl and for 5 years starred in child pornography films thinking that her captor was her dad because trauma suppressed her memories. Since being found by FBI she's done everything to make herself stronger, faster and tougher, so she would never be weak and defenceless again. However, each story about a kidnapped child, each report of a missing boy or girl is a direct stab into her heart, and when she is approached by a mysterious stranger with a request to help find the latest kidnapped child she can not resist.

Bishop, the person who hires Kick, is an absolute enigma. Sexy, damaged, rich, sarcastic as hell, hostile to her to the point of explosive violence just to prove his point... he commands reader's attention every time he steps on the page, and I adored him, and he matched Kick perfectly.

Their journey to save the child and uncover an old network of child abusers is very chilling and uncovers the dark sides of their nature, and it takes everything Kick has not to have a nervous breakdown when her suppressed memories start to resurface. There is no romance between her and Bishop, but there is strong undercurrent of one and a lot of promise. The air just crackles with tension between these two, and when you add to it a captivating story, you have a fantastic thriller. Very much recommended.

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Ну вот, нашла ещё одного прекрасного автора триллеров с шикарной главной героиней наподобие Ванессы "Майкла" Монро из книг Тэйлор Стивенс. И Челси Кэйн пишет чертовски хорошо!

Главная героиня, Кик, была похищена ребёнком и провела 5 лет, играя в детских порнографических фильмах сети своего похитителя, которого травмированная девочка считала своим отцом. Годы спустя после того, как её спасли агенты ФБР, Кик продолжает безжалостно тренировать своё тело и ум, чтобы никогда больше не оказаться жертвой. Её жизнь состоит из тренировок с мастерами боевых исскусств, стрельбы из различных видов оружия и виртуальной охоты за сексуальными хищниками вместе со своим кровным братом. Однако каждый новый репортаж о похищенном ребёнке, которого не могут найти, вонзает нож в её сердце снова и снова.

Когда таинственный незнакомец проникает к ней в дом и предлагает нанять её в помощь, чтобы найти недавно похищенного ребёнка, которого скорее всего похитила та сеть, в которой она провела 5 лет, Кик не может не согласиться. Личность Бишопа также раздроблена и истерзана как и её, он ершист, груб, склоннен к вспышкам насилия, богат как Крёз, и Кик никак не может понять, почему именно он занимается расследованием лично.

Сказать, что эта пара невольных партнёров не ладит между собой - это ничего не сказать, однако несмотря на их напряжённые отношения, оба безустанно ведут расследование, которое заставляет их показать темнейшие стороны их натур. И всё же между Кик и Бишопом чувствуется наэлектризованный поток подавленных эмоций, которые читатель угадывает по стоящему между ними молчанию. Я впечатлена, очень книга понравилась, буду читать от Челси Кэйн всё остальное в будущем, и вам советую.
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