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Abducted (The Lizzy Gardner Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

T.R. Ragan
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Book Description

When Lizzy Gardner was only seventeen, what should have been the perfect night became the perfect nightmare. Kidnapped just blocks from home after a romantic evening with her boyfriend, Jared, she woke up to find herself at the mercy of a depraved serial killer. Imprisoned and tormented for months by the maniac she came to know as Spiderman, Lizzy narrowly escaped, the only one of his victims to survive. But Spiderman escaped too, outwitting police and cursing Lizzy to spend her life looking over her shoulder…

Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a private investigator who teaches self-defense to teenage girls in her free time. She does what she can to help others protect themselves and to forget the horror of her ordeal, yet fears she will always be known as “the one who got away.” Then she receives a phone call from Jared, now a special agent for the FBI, with grim news. The killer has resurfaced, this time with a very specific target—Lizzy. And he’s made it clear that she will not escape him again. So begins a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, a terrifying, heart-pounding hunt that only one will survive.

Editorial Reviews


"The satisfyingly frightful episode of a calculating cutthroat." ~Kirkus Reviews

"Ragan executes this spine-chilling thriller with such razor-sharp precision readers are left breathless." ~Romantic Times, 4 1/2 TOP PICK

From the Author

I cannot wait to wake up every morning and write. I have a passion for telling stories and I cannot imagine doing anything else. Becoming an indie author has allowed me to share my stories with readers--a dream come true.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1023 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612185096
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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355 of 370 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY but great thriller. June 29, 2011
By Ann
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New author took me by surprise with this thriller. Lizzy and her boyfriend are together for the last night before he leaves for college. She's snuck out to be with him and she has him let her off down the block from home so her dad won't find out. As a result Lizzy, is one of the teenage girls kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer but escapes after a few months. Fast forward 10 years, the serial killer returns and is out to get Lizzy - the one that got away. Lizzy`s high school boyfriend is now an FBI agent and Lizzy is practicing as a PI and an instructor teaching high school girls how to defend themselves. Lizzy has loads of mental and emotional problems and is still struggling to overcome the terror she experienced at the hands of the killer. She and Jared both have tons of guilt issues over it all.

Let me tell you the serial killer is just downright creepy. The guy's nicknamed "Spiderman" for a reason. This book labeled as a romantic suspense is heavy on the thriller/suspense and very, very light on the romance. Jared and Lizzy's story is still a good one as they try to reconnect after everything that's happened in the last 10 years. Lizzy's character develops slowly as the story moves along and there are times I wondered if she'd ever be able to move forward. The torture scenes are graphically detailed which intensifies the creep factor. The side characters are realistic and I was amazed at how Lizzy, Jared and Spiderman's family dynamics twist and turn. The story is nicely woven together for a terrific ending. The story keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat the entire time. Totally engrossing and a terrific read.
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238 of 249 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great thriler but a strong stomach is needed September 19, 2011
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I enjoyed the book, it was well crafted and well paced. The story about Lizzy's life after being abducted moves quickly and you find yourself quickly intertwined in her life.

I read mostly mysteries but this was harder to get through because of the child sexual abuse, multiple mutilations and animal cruelty. Some of it in my opinion was to much - ever single character was emotionally scarred. As a pet lover and cat owner what happens to Lizzy's cat was too much for me.

I would read another of Ragan's book and hopefully it's not as dark.
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read ! June 18, 2011
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Abducted.. 17 year old Lizzy Gardner is abducted when returning from a night out with her boyfriend of two years. Held for two months by a diabolical monster, she witnesses the torture and murder of several other girls before she makes a daring escape. 14 years later, the monster resurfaces and is determined to capture the "one who got away" and make her pay. Lizzy, who still struggles with memories, flashbacks and survivor's guilt, along with Jared, the ex-boyfriend who never stopped loving her, work together to find and stop the killer.

This story is fast paced, thrilling and full of non-stop action. I couldn't put it down. The writing is excellent and I absolutely loved the Heroine and Hero and the secondary character Haley (I really hope to see a story for Haley). If you like Lisa Gardner, Beverly Barton, Laura Lippman and the like, you will find in this author, a new favorite.

Theresa, where you been girl? I'm looking forward to reading all you have. Congratulations on your thriller debut!
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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ridiculous November 5, 2011
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I purchased this book because of the great reviews but I was surprised at just how bad the book was. There are so many completely implausible events that the book is insulting.
Just about everyone in the book forgets their cell phone in their car, just as they need it, or they have a dead battery. There's a deranged killer on the loose and he's clearly after a few specific people, but nobody wants to change their lives, including the mother of a targeted teenager.
After killing a number of young girls, the police never realized a very obvious connection to all of them. I could go on and on.
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98 of 114 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, poorly executed. December 10, 2012
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This book feels as if a young teenager wrote it. Pardon me if any talented, young, teenage writers are offended by this, this does not include you. The FBI man, Jared, seemed to be the author's ideal of a perfect man. It was irritating as well as repetitive each time he entered the picture, because the author had to repaint him again as the perfect hero. Then you have the brave "victim" in a situation the reader already knows is bad, and the author needlessly adds things like, "Her legs shook so hard her knees literally knocked together." I mean...
I agree with other reviews which are critical of how many cliches there are. If I had to read about hiding from your own shadow one more time I might have put my finger down my throat. It seemed very sophomoric on almost every level. I realized right away the writing needed a really good editor, but the story being told was just good enough to get me through the book, although I thought about not finishing it many times. The author simply doesn't do a very good job of telling what is a good story.
The author tries to have the victim act tough at times, but then she turns into this knock-kneed idiot all of a sudden. She makes super bad choices, forgets her phone etc. It reminds me of an old horror know the one, when the girl running from the killer keeps falling down over and over. Yeah, that one. Then the most humorous part was when she was trying to paint the killer's sister and friends in a bad light, and said they all got drunk, smoked weed, and snorted crack cocaine. First of all, no idiot snorts crack cocaine. Cocaine is what they snort, crack-cocaine is when the cocaine is cooked so that it can be smoked. Cocaine doesn't smoke well, and crack doesn't snort well. The kids might as well have snorted baking soda.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Excellent story line. Hard to put down. Strong female characters with a troubling plot. Just enough details to assure you'll look over your shoulder in the dark for a little... Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Jill M FOWLER
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I just couldn't get into this story.
Published 14 hours ago by Leslie Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the 3 T
I really enjoyed the 3 T.R. Ragan books that I read, kept me interested from the very first page and I will read more soon.
Published 1 day ago by crittergitterflo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read. A little predictable
Published 1 day ago by Randy D Hedington
1.0 out of 5 stars Too graphic and upsetting for me to continue. I ...
Too graphic and upsetting for me to continue. I am sure it will appeal to some people, just not to me.
Published 1 day ago by Shannah M. Whithaus
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book very much and have purchased a second ...
Abducted was a book by a new writer for me. I enjoyed the book very much and have purchased a second book by this writer to see if it is as good.
Published 2 days ago by Wayne Kreimeyer
3.0 out of 5 stars The book moved along and kept my interest, but ...
The book moved along and kept my interest, but..... how many times can we read, "cell phone in car", "cell phone battery ran out" etc etc. and other problems. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed reading this scary book. It's a great thriller. I am going to buy the next one in the series.
Published 3 days ago by JMaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful book, couldn't put it down.
Published 3 days ago by Argyle 8
1.0 out of 5 stars Was written fairly well but the level of viollence was ...
Was written fairly well but the level of viollence was too high for me and actually made my BP rise too high. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bronwyn
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More About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Theresa Ragan grew up with four sisters in Lafayette, California.

She has garnered six Golden Heart nominations in Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart Competition for her work. After writing for twenty years, Theresa decided to self-publish in March, 2011, and has sold over one million ebooks since that time. In 2012, she signed with Thomas & Mercer and is having the time of her life.

Theresa writes medieval time travels, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and thrillers under the name T.R. Ragan. OBSESSED, the fourth book in her bestselling Lizzy Gardner series is available now. ALMOST DEAD, the fifth book in the series will be released early 2015. To learn more about Theresa you can visit her website at

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