Simon & Schuster, Aug 19 2014, $25.99
When Kit “Kick” Lannigan was six years old, she became the unwanted star of an Amber Alert. Five years after her abduction the FBI rescued the tweener from her “caring” capturer. Over a decade since her liberation, Kick remains emotionally damaged and particularly loathes the reminders of the worst moments of her life: her mom who still uses her bestselling memoir re the kidnapping for fame and fortune, and the high internet traffic into her life. Her only friend remains James who shared her childhood kidnapping as a fellow victim of the same adult.
Residing in Portland, Oregon twentyish Kick obsesses over child abductions with a powerful need to rescue the kidnapped kids. Private security agent John Bishop asks Kick to assist him find and rescue missing Adam Rice and Mia Turner. Hesitantly she agrees; though this means for her to envision what Adam and Mia face returning to a time and place when she answered to the name of Beth.
As the dysfunctional dance partners Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell obtain a breather, Chelsea Cain begins a new suspense series starring a kick butt heroine who has cause for her damaged psyche. The riveting taut storyline mesmerizes the audience especially the harrowing dysfunctional Stockholm Syndrome relationship between Kick and her childhood kidnapper, and an astonishing exposé into child porn. One Kick will be on the short lists as 2014 best suspense thriller.