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From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers comes the first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set.

Kick Lannigan, age twenty-one, is a survivor. Famously abducted in broad daylight when she was six years old, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later.

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, learning 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 to be. 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 own mind.

A heart-stopping, entertaining, thrill ride, One Kick announces the arrival of a blistering new series by a stunning talent in the thriller realm.

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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&Noble.com, 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

  • 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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