Chelsea Cain

One Kick

"I will be interested in reading further books as I am not totally sure how Kick and Bishop can develop..."


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 mind.

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Cain has created new characters for her new series of books featuring Kick. As the characters in her previous series, Archie and Gretchen, had run their course, I was relieved to see that they had finally been put to rest and the author was using new characters. Whilst the story initially had me interested, somehow I felt as a whole it didn't completely work. Kick (the name itself didn't appeal) had devoted herself to trying to locate children who had been abducted by paedophiles as Kick herself had been abducted when she was younger. I did struggle to understand Kick's affection for a man who had kidnapped and abused her for many years. I felt that the plot had many good points but it seemed slightly rushed and not completely thought through as I have been left with many unanswered questions. I will be interested in reading further books as I am not totally sure how Kick and Bishop can develop further in future books without much of the story becoming repetitive. For me, 'One Kick' was a good book to read, but felt it missed a lot of its potential.

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