Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £3.49

Save £5.50 (61%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.
<hza:string id="udp_accessibility_ku_narration_badge"/>
Read and listen for free. Learn more
Read and listen for £0.00
with Kindle Unlimited
OR

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Dead Weight (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 2) by [Ragan, T.R.]
Audible Narration
Playing...
Loading...
Paused
Kindle App Ad

Dead Weight (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 391 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£3.49

Length: 312 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Audible Narration:
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.
Ready

Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited
Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for £7.99 a month, including this one. Learn more

Complete Series

Product Description

About the Author

T. R. Ragan grew up in a family of five girls in Lafayette, California. 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 Abducted, the first Lizzy Gardner book. Writing under the name Theresa Ragan, she is also 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.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2656 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZDKDS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 391 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is the second thriller that features the Californian private investigator Lizzy Gardner. There are several related strands in the book. One centres on the disappearance twenty years ago of a young girl, Carol Fullerton. Her mother, terminally ill with cancer, hires Lizzy to find Carol, or at least find out what happened to her. Shortly afterwards Lizzy is also hired by the sister of another missing young woman, Diane Kramer, who six months previously emptied her saving account and vanished. Diane was obese and her sister Andrea suspects that a weight reduction `guru' called Anthony Melbourne had something to do with her disappearance and wants Lizzy to investigate him. Melbourne is a control freak and has links to several of the characters in the book. In both cases things are not all they seem, with a collection of rather sinister relatives and friends who have their own histories they want to conceal, and that Lizzy gradually uncovers. Drug and alcohol addiction, pedophilia, and murder all feature strongly.

It is not just the clients who have tangled histories. Lizzy is still recovering from a traumatic experience as a teenager, when she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer and had to witness him torture and kill several victims. She is still vulnerable, and this is making it difficult for her to commit to her enthusiastic boy friend, who is pressing her to move in with him. Her two part-time assistants also have their own troubles, and one has become so twisted by her childhood sexual exploitation that she commences brutal revenge attacks on her abusers. So, a complex thriller with much violence towards the end. But the various themes, both professional and personal, are well integrated and there is nothing jarring in the narrative; no unbelievable coincidences and the like. It is a good example of the genre, fast moving, easy to read and not entirely predictable, with characters as believable as you are likely to find in this type of book.
Comment 29 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is the second "Lizzie Gardner" book.

Here Lizzie (a PI) is faced with 2 cases - both missing persons cases:

- one a dying mother wants to know what happened to her daughter, Carol, who vanished 20 years ago, and

- the other a missing woman's sister asks her to look into the disappearance.

I "enjoyed" the first one and had really looked forward to reading this one, but this story seems to rely on coincidence for its investigative solutions.

I admit that this reliance on coincidence, rather than well planted clues which both reader and "investigator" can discover, was a disappointment. It may be that the author, TR Ragan, had felt rushed to bring this one to the publishers - whatever the reason the book is poorly done in comparison to her first.

To be honest I'm not sure that I will bother with the next one.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I'm a fan of hard boiled crime fiction but Dead Weight didn't quite hit the spot. In places it's a good read but for me the plot's too busy, too cluttered, and female lead, PI Lizzy Gardener, too damaged to withstand the constant physical and emotional violence coming at her from every direction. I couldn't quite believe in Lizzy as an avenging angel kicking/punching her way out of deadly situations.

In general the story centers around missing women and Lizzy's investigation into their disappearance but it's obvious from the start Dead Weight is really about revenge, facing the past and coming to terms with inner demons. For me the story became weakened by Lizzy's constant need to battle the past, fight against almost everything and lead herself into mega violent situations. There was only ever one conclusion and no surprises on the journey there.

For me Dead Weight is at it's best when concentrating on the story around obesity and weight reduction guru, Anthony Melbourne, possibly one of the better written characters in the novel. Melbourne is a a decent mix of control freak and downright weirdo and a good contrast to Carol Fullerton the sister of a missing girl. Fullerton brings in the warmth and empathy while Melbourne provides the shadows. However; there's a lot of 'smoke and mirrors' with most of the characters hiding something.

Building the mystery and linking the characters is where the author steps up and, for me, the strongest element of Dead Weight. I'd have enjoyed much more creative writing and character development from Ragan rather than the regular violent/cat and mouse sequences which aren't the best.

Rating this novel wasn't easy and I'd have been happier with 3.5* rather than a straight 4*.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By T. Walker VINE VOICE on 6 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I found it almost impossible to get into this book and after a hundred pages I gave up on it.
The plot line has holes in it you could drive a truck through. Ms Ragan attempts to use the flashback technique to tell the story, but she hasn't pulled it off. The story jumps around over a twenty year period and all this achieves is to confuse the reader. The characters are thinly drawn and hardly credible. I couldn't get involved with them or indeed care about them.
I'm sorry, but I have to recommend passing on this one.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Absolutely loved the first of the Lizzie Gardner thrillers Abducted (Lizzy Gardner Series, Book 1) but nearly gave up on this as it was very laboured for the first 10 chapters. Luckily the pace picked up largely thanks to the short chapters which switch point of view amongst the cast. This book opens where the first finished but this time it's not just Lizzie who's survived a serial madman, we also get to see how Hayley and to a certain extent Brittany deal with the aftermath. Let's just say, some are more level-headed than others. The investigations in this story, which run in tandem, are a cold case disappearance and a recent missing person and it's all good stuff. I felt the writing flagged again towards the third quarter, like I said, it's not as good as the first, but I'm definitely in for another Lizzie Gardner thriller.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

click to open popover