Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Review: One Kick by Chelsea Cain

Title: One Kick
Author: Chelsea Cain
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Thriller
Series: Kick Lannigan #1
Source: Edelweiss
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 19th August 2014

Tell Me About It
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…
My Thoughts
This is the first book I have read by Chelsea, so I began reading One Kick with no expectations of what was coming. When I began reading I was intrigued about what was going on, we are introduced to Kick in her younger years. It's not until Kit is older that the real action begins, and we are pulled into her past and her present, with no holds barred.

Kick is a survivor, and her past has made her more aware of her surrounding and her safety, therefore her knowledge of multiple self defence techniques, and her over abundance of weapons upon her person. What Kick has gone through is a traumatic ordeal, and to come out of it alive is remarkable, however the lasting memories make it tough for Kick to really relax, and also contribute to her obsession with missing children, and is what brings her into Bishops investigations.
Bishop is an enigma in himself, and it took me a while to actually warm up to him, and even after I have finished reading there is still a small part of me that thinks there is more to him that needs to be discovered.

One Kick is a compelling, thought provoking read, and what was meant to be a 'see what it's like' read, ended up being a 'finish this book at 1.30am' read. One Kick is full of action, mystery, adventure, and the occasional smidgeon of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this adventure with Kick, through the good, the bad, and the damn right dangerous. there were times that I was so nervous about what was going to happen it felt like my heart was in my throat, other times I cried over what had happened, or smiled with how something had gone right.

One Kick is the first in a series, and I can't wait to get hold of the next instalment as soon as it's ready.

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