Author: Chelsea Cain
Series: Kick Lannigan, Book 1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Star Rating: 4/5
Date Read: August 19th to 20th, 2014
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.
After spending six years in the care of a criminal, Kick Lannigan is rescued from the paedophilic movie maker at age twelve. She is confused, doesn’t remember much about the time before her kidnapping and worse, she doesn’t know where her loyalties lie. After countless therapy sessions and a multitude of therapists, the cop who rescued her suggests she take up self-defence. Before long, Kick has learnt it all. Then out of the blue, a man appears in her apartment and asks for her assistance in the case of a missing child. He’s not police, but he thinks Kick can help. Soon Kick is plunged back into a world she thought she had left behind.
Kick is such a badass. The circumstances that made her that way are terribly sad, but I admire the way she has taken control of her life. She is not at all perfect, and part of her is still confused about all the things that happened to her as a child and is still suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, especially once she sees the man who was the cause of those things. It’s hard for us to really understand how she must feel towards the man who was a father to her for so long, even if he didn’t exactly do what a father should. I thought it was interesting that she didn’t feel any danger from him, on the contrary she mentions feeling safe with Mel. Other characters such as Bishop and Frank didn’t understand this either. I’m not saying it’s right, but unfortunately that’s how it is.
The plot moves along at a cracking pace, but I sometimes forgot, as I was reading, that these events happened over only a couple of days. It’s a lot to happen in such a short space of time. Kick’s crusade for justice is fantastic – no longer will she stand aside. She wants to use what she learnt in the time of her captivity to help other children who are continually being taken by people that Kick had contact with during her time. The story had quite a number of interesting developments and as I was reading as I was unsure of the necessity of a sequel or a series, but by the time I got to the end I realised that the author had set it up quite well. As long as the series doesn’t extend to a ridiculous number of books like many other crime authors often do (James Patterson, I’m looking at you) and sticks to this overall developing plotline which I think is crucial, this is going to be a great series.
Well developed characters, some mystery and intrigue, the excitement of taking down the bad guys and the anxiety cause by the possibility of running out of time – let’s just say I’m looking forward to the following books in the series!