- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (17 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612185096
- ISBN-13: 978-1612185095
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (848 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Abducted (The Lizzy Gardner Series) Paperback – 17 Jul 2012
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About the Author
T. R. Ragan grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. As an avid traveler, her wanderings have carried her to Ireland, the Netherlands, China, Thailand, and Nepal, where she narrowly survived being chased by a killer elephant. Before devoting herself to writing fiction, she worked as a legal secretary for a large corporation. She is the author of Dead Weight, the second Lizzy Gardner book. Also, writing under the name Theresa Ragan, she is the author of Return of the Rose, A Knight in Central Park, Taming Mad Max, Finding Kate Huntley, and Having My Baby. She and her family live in Sacramento.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sounds promising? Yes, I thought so too when I read the synopsis. Unfortunately I felt it did not entirely live up to its promise. It is quite hard to put your finger on exactly what is lacking here, but I would say the main problem is that the narrative does not impart the tension which the content would seem to demand. The result is that it is very difficult to get caught up in the action and to take it at all seriously.
The climax is fairly fast moving, but I was jumping ahead of the story and correctly guessing what was going to happen next. I think that Lizzy is fairly well defined, but at best comes across as naïve in the extreme. However, in fairness perhaps one should put that down to her previous experiences with Spiderman. Other characters were not developed to the extent that the reader identified with them to any significant extent.
There is clearly going to be a series of books starring Lizzy Gardner. However, I was not totally convinced about the first so will not be hurrying to catch up on her future adventures.
There are some very good ideas put forward in this book, and I especially liked the angle of how life keeps moving on, while the survivor is stuck in their traumatic past. It was interesting to see Lizzys point of view, and how that one event so many years ago still dictates her life, and even the lives of her friends and family.
Many readers have stated that there was too much gore in the book, but to be honest I never felt that the descriptions were out of context, and shock factors are expected in a book of this genre. I found the flash backs to be an integral part of the book, and without them the plot would have been much less entertaining.
Now, although I enjoyed the majority of the book, there were parts that could have used a few tweaks.
The main, glaring point that I couldn't get past was that the killer was called Spiderman. Spiderman!! The blue and red lycra clad superhero that all little boys want to be! Every time I read the name of the villain I pictured the comic book hero, even at the most horrible and disturbing parts of the book. No matter how evil your killer is, if you name him after a well known good guy, it's going to lessen the impact of his actions and sound a little weird.
I also found that Lizzy had too much input into the investigation which wasn't always realistic, the clues were also solved quite easily and quickly by her too. I just felt that it was slightly rushed to try to get to the end, and to explain the reasons of why Spiderman was killing,(which I felt were extreme, compared to what he went through).
A book worth reading, but you can tell this was a debut novel. I did enjoy it enough to check out the second book in the series [[ASIN:161218510X Dead Weight (The Lizzy Gardner Series #2)]} though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit shallow for me, it reads like an episode of criminal minds which is fine just in terms of telling a story but I like more character depth in a novel, fine for a plane/train... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, thought it would be another run of the mill whodunit story but it was anything but.Published 3 days ago by LC
Gripping from the very first page. I will definitely be reading the next in the series. The best read in a long time.Published 6 days ago by Jennifer Davies
Deserving of 5 stars. Kept you gripped up until the end. Would highly recommend. Can't wait to read the next book.Published 7 days ago by moira bray
Brilliant book,so much so have read the whole series and they were all really good!Published 7 days ago by paul smith
I hadn't read any T R Ragan books but I have now downloaded the whole Lizzie Gardner series.
I won't give anything away but what great story and extremely well written. Read more