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Author: Chelsea Cain Narrator: Heather Lind Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kick Lannigan Series Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781442370029
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Now a TV series starring Leven Rambin, Chris Noth, and Danny Pino, premiering on February 27th on WGN America!

From the critically acclaimed author of the Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series, an “utterly exhilarating and emotionally rich” thriller that will have “your heart in your throat” (Megan Abbott, bestselling author of Dare Me).

Twenty-one-year-old Kick Lannigan is a survivor.

She can pick any lock, fire any weapon, throw any knife, and aim a punch at her opponent’s trachea. And when the enigmatic John Bishop shows up asking her to help him rescue missing kids, Kick has every reason to be wary. He appears to have access to limitless money, high-level contacts, and details of Kick’s background long kept sealed by the court. Yet everything he tells her about himself seems to be a lie.

Headstrong by nature, suspicious by circumstance, and a smart-ass by self-determination, Kick can’t help but see the writing on the wall: together, she and Bishop could make an unstoppable team, willing to do whatever it takes to see justice served…if they don’t kill each other first. For Kick, whose interest in child abduction is deeply personal, it’s a gamble worth taking.

Critically acclaimed as “excruciating…compelling” (Booklist, starred review) and “propulsive” (People), Gone is a high-octane and hard-hitting thriller you won’t be able to put down.

*Originally published as One Kick (Simon & Schuster, 2014) Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Chelsea Cain is the queen of the can’t-put-it down-book, and in One Kick she’s entirely outdone herself. Deeply intelligent and grippingly suspenseful, One Kick is a wickedly brilliant masterpiece by a thrillingly talented master of the form.”

    Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild

  • “In her Heartsick series Cain might cut your heart out. With One Kick she breaks it. If you're not crying by page 188 and terrified by page 290, you're not reading the right book.”

    Chuck Palahniuk, New York Times bestselling author of Pygmy

  • “Author Cain has done it again. One Kick is superb! From its breathtaking opening sequence, through scenes of wrenching evil and heart-clutching emotion to its roller coaster finale, this novel will stay with you for a long time. And what a heroine…Here's hoping for more Kick Lannigan soon!”

    Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Child kidnapping victim grows up to become ass-kicking vigilante looking for other missing children. Boom.”


  • “Kidnapped at six; rescued five years later; Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan would make a fine candidate for mass media swooning. Instead, this wounded pedophilia survivor has become a tightly-wound master of self-defense. All the rewards of her martial arts recovery risk being lost, though, when two children disappear not far from her Portland, Oregon, haunts. Drafted somewhat against her will, she pursues the culprit, not yet knowing that a frightening sense of déjà vu is just around the corner. An intense, suspenseful series launch.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “Bestseller Cain introduces a truly compelling new heroine, Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan, in this stellar first in a new thriller series…Readers will want to see a lot more of the feisty Kick.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The subject matter is uncomfortable, even stomach-churning at times, but Cain manages to deal sensitively with her material while still allowing Kick’s character to emerge with multifaceted humanity—and even snatches of humor. Above all, though, this is an edge-of-the-chair thriller, and Cain negotiates the twists and turns with finesse while keeping her foot firmly on the gas pedal. Excruciating yet always compelling.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “An unsettling, near-perfect effort by Cain that leaves you eagerly awaiting the next installment.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Kick is a gutsy kick-ass heroine doing her best to build a life for herself, while understandably haunted by her tragic past. She makes plenty of mistakes and isn’t always likable, which makes her come across as very real…Fans of psychological suspense and flawed characters will enjoy getting to know Kick.”

    Library Journal

  • “The gutsy heroine and the relentless tension of the chase make One Kick the can’t-miss thriller of the season.”


  • “It won’t take listeners long to get hooked on narrator Heather Lind’s interpretation of Kick Lannigan…Lind’s control over the characters in Kick’s circle—her publicity-seeking mother; her pretend brother, James; and even Mel, the kidnapper—is impeccable…As Lind rips through their adventures, this audiobook crackles with the duo’s fierceness to succeed. It all adds up to an engrossing beginning to this series and a daring performance by Lind.”


  • “Chelsea Cain’s One Kick has all the bones of a great thriller—a high-octane story that will never let you catch your breath, non-stop action, and twists galore. But it’s Kick Lannigan that really gives this stellar read its heart and soul. Kick is a total badass, armed and dangerous. But you’ll cheer for her, worry about her—and you'll pray that, if you ever meet anyone like her, she’ll be on your side. Chelsea Cain has outdone herself—and that’s no small feat.”

    Lisa Unger, author of Beautiful Lies

  • “Cain’s new series starts with a thrill ride featuring heroine Kick Lannigan, who was abducted as a child and now feels compelled to find missing children. Cain’s trademark complex and conflicted characters blur the line between good, not so good and truly evil, with troubling emotions and reactions by…well, just about everybody. Masterful storytelling!”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • One of BookPage Top Pick of September 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • An August 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Chelsea Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her Portland-based thrillers have been published in twenty-four languages, recommended on the TODAY show, appeared in episodes of HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Castle, been named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.” Born in Iowa and raised in Bellingham, Washington, she now lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Heather Lind is an actress who has appeared in Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, The Last Day of August, and other films and television programs.