Book Review: One Kick

18774963Title/Author: One Kick by Chelsea Cain
(Kick Lannigan #1)

Genre: Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Crime

Published: August 19th, 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Hardcover, 309 pages

How I Got This Book: Put it on hold immediately at my library, and have since bought a copy and got it signed by Chelsea Cain! 😉

Why I Picked It Up?: Because I am completely obsessed with her other series, Gretchen Lowell & Archie Sheridan. And I just need more twisted story!

Book Jacket Blurb: “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…”


Once again, Chelsea Cain completely intrigues me.

I’ll be honest, I REALLY wanted another Archie and Gretchen story this year. So when I found out that she was publishing a NEW series, well….I was a bit shocked. And then SUPER EXCITED! Because the premise sounded FANTASTIC and, DUH! It’s Chelsea Cain!

Once again, Chelsea Cain delivers some twisted-good fun!

Our new heroine, Kick Lannigan, had a traumatic past, one that still haunts her, confuses her, affects her day to day life. Being a survivor of a Stockholm kidnapping has left her with so much emotional baggage and imbalances. But she continues to fight, to try to live with her past as best as she can. And that includes investigating other kidnappings. But then Bishop shows up at her front door, asking her to assist in an ongoing kidnapping, because she is the only one that has the expertise to help. Kick is thrust back into the world that she has spent years trying to escape, and to fail means to lose those innocent children…

While this story is not an IN YOUR FACE dark and twisted psychological thriller, One Kick will definitely keep you intrigued from beginning to end. This crime/mystery is a story that it easier to wrap you head around, but don’t let that fool you–it is still a crazy Chelsea Cain novel. It’s just that, in this book, the dark and twisted is a little more subtle. But it is still just as intense!

Kick as a character is REALLY interesting. On the one hand, you can tell that she is broken in a lot of ways. Her past has left her psychologically messed up. But that hasn’t stopped her from staying strong and fierce. She has no background in crime or law. But when the government comes knocking down her door and asks for her assistance, she helps them. Her confidence is not high, and she seems to keep finding herself in weird situations from time to time, but she is a fiesty young woman who doesn’t give up, despite her inclination to hide away. I really like how Kick develops from the beginning of the story until the end. She is a real character with real emotional reactions to this case.  I am excited to see just how Chelsea Cain will continue developing her throughout the series.

And the part of the book that kept me wanting more was the dynamic tension between Kick and Bishop. From the moment that Bishop shows up at her door, there is an immediate tension between them. They butt heads with each other, they aggravate each other with witty quips, and there is some underlying sexual tension, all of which drive the story and their development together. I love that Bishop doesn’t coddle her (it is one less person in her life who tiptoes around her), but he still cares in his own unique, stubborn, sarcastic way. Kick and Bishop just make me giggle, and in such an intense story that can be very refreshing and tension-breaking.

Overall, One Kick is a very solid start to what I think will be another great mystery/thriller series. This is one of those books you will finish in one sitting. It is addicting, it is exciting, and it’s a little bit twisted…just the way I like it! The next installment of Kick Lannigan will come out in 2015, and I cannot WAIT!

My Bookshelf Rating:

4shelfA Fourth Shelf Book!

A new series by Chelsea Cain, and another fantastically satisfying beginning to a mystery/thriller series. This story is a little more main-stream crime involving kidnapping, but the uniqueness of the story comes from the uniqueness of Kick as a protagonist. Her past puts her directly involved with this case, and her character development really propels this story forward in an exciting and intriguing way. I am very interested to see where this story goes next!  Just one more year! *sigh*

Also, I can’t wait to hang out with her at my library’s author conference in February! YAY!

Love and Fuji Apples,


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